The ShengYeng Queen is proving she has the chops to be the next Queen of Dancehall after her latest share on YouTube today, which also drew comparisons to rapper Nicki Minaj from some American fans.
After snagging the Jamaica Gleaner’s staff-pick for ‘Female Artiste Of The Year’ in an issue yesterday, we now see the Dancehall artiste ripping through a sick freestyle segment with the assist of her resident disc jockey, DJ Black Boy of Romeich Entertainment.
To say she nailed it would be an understatement.
In the initial unleashing of her rhymes, the Lighter deejay ferociously swaggered her dominance in the game in traditional freestyle form. Spitting clever and unexpected metaphors, diced in with a few name drops here and there, her delivery was sharp, quick, and spicy.
She’s a “real champion” she says just “ask Buju Banton” and “Mi sharp like a razor, do well fi dah age yah. Money fi a run like a retainer, mi want rich like Romeich Major.” [her manager] In more spur-of-the-moment lyrics, Shenseea flaunts her financial independence, “nu depend pon nuh man fi a cent” and her in-demand status among the men “wanted by many men.” Then adds her lethal disses to the haters and vows never to go broke again, “tell bruk life say mi na come back, yuh mad!”
A clip from the video was posted by TheShadeRoom on Instagram where it quickly racked up 600,000 views in an hour from a slightly confused and predominantly American audience.
Though many of them claimed they did not know who she was or what she is saying, they were loving it.
“This is giving me nicki minaj with jerk seasoning and im loving it
“Nicki still having kids I see lol,” one user quipped in reference to Minaj’s figurative parentage of other artists which she often mentions in her songs.
“These are the sons Nikki be talking about,” another added.
But some Jamaican fans were not standing for the snarky comments and Nicki Minaj comparisons.
“Don’t try dat, Nikki flow is from Jamaica and Shenseea is str888 Jamaican, so Nikki is actually copying Jamaicans!!” one Jamaican fan clapped back.
“When shaderoom posts different cultures on their platform & some Americans comment ignorant shi that shi gets me BENT I won’t lie lol like don’t be under no Shenseea post talking bout “who?” Fkn bright bitch get familiar!!! SHENYENG da fk?” herapatra wrote on Twitter.
Twitter user RiannaNaomi declared, “It’s amazing how The Shade Room posted Shenseea’s freestyle on their IG page and plenty of unseasoned Americans are comparing her to Nicki Minaj says she’s trying to be like her or that they can’t understand what she’s saying. No Shenseea slander will be tolerated!!!”
While Shenseea says she has been having a hard time landing collabs with female Jamaican acts, there were rumors last year May that she had secured one with Minaj. The rumors left fans of both artists excited and hopeful for a release.
The singer is expected to release her debut album in March and has said that she would be thrilled to work with stars like Rihanna, Megan Thee Stallion, and Mary J Blige. She is best known for the singles Loodi (2017) featuring Vybz Kartel, ShenYeng Anthem (2018), and her major-label debut Blessed featuring Tyga (2019).