The ever unapologetic Nicki Minaj brings the heat and gives no Fs on her first single of 2023, the Lumidee-sampling “Red Ruby Da Sleeze.”

Who the fuck told bitches they was me now?” Da-yum, Nicki Minaj! The ever unapologetic rapper gives no fizzucks on “Red Ruby Da Sleeze, her first single of 2023. Always ferocious when it comes to energy and bars, she has a popular aughts classic fueling her fire.  That’s right, producers Go Grizzly and Cheeze Beatz sample “Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh)”courtesy of Lumidee.  Nicki takes the rhythmic, spirited instrumental and runs with it.

Besides the lift Lumidee gives Nicki Minaj, it is Minaj’s colorful rhymes that ‘take the cake.’ It is safe to say there are shots fired – an understatement.  “But I don’t fuck with horses since Christopher Reeves” appears to be a cold diss towards Megan Thee Stallion. There is also the shady “We don’t be Karen like Donna-na, na-na-na-na,” another diss to multiple Nicki enemies.  All the female rappers seem to get dissed with lines like, “When the Queen leave, bitches wanna come out like a cockroach,” or “Shout out to hoes that’s watchin’ me like Movados.”


So, what does one make of “Red Ruby Da Sleeze”? It’s a surefire rap banger, PERIOD.  Is Nicki Minaj pressed by the competition? Perhaps, but to her credit, she brings the heat here, backed by a killer choice of sample.  “Red Ruby Da Sleeze” probably won’t change your life, but if your playlist or listening rotation lacked that bite, well, Minaj’s latest single will provide it!