Veni Vidi Vici

Album: Rebel Heart (2015)
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Songfacts®:

  • This bass-heavy rap origin cut finds Madonna talking about her early days before she became the Queen of Pop. Queensbridge MC Nas jumps in with a verse about his struggles during his younger years as well as touching on his former wife, Kelis.
  • The "I came, I saw, I conquered" line in the chorus is an English translation of the song's Latin title. Its popular usage originates from a letter that Julius Caesar wrote to the Roman Senate around 46 BC, in which he summarized his quick campaign against King Pharnaces II of Pontus in Zela, Asia Minor as "Veni, vidi, vici." The phrase is used to refer to a swift, conclusive victory.
  • Madonna shouts outs several of her classic tracks, during her two verses, including "Holiday," "Like A Prayer" and "Ray Of Light." Asked by Billboard magazine why she's quoting her work, the Queen of Pop replied: "I reference many things in pop culture, and I've written so many songs and had such a long career, that I end up referencing myself, too. If I can rip anybody off, I can rip me off."

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