Minaj recounts her journey from early days struggling in the hood to her current success on this drum-fueled track. The song references the murder of Minaj's cousin Nicholas Telemaque, who was killed near his home in Brooklyn, New York in July 2011.
The lyric, "Bitches don't know the half like they flunked at math," was originally used by Minaj on "Click Clack" a track from her first mixtape Playtime Is Over.
"Champion" also features verses from Nas, Drake and Jeezy. "Nicki hit us up, I got love, so it was nothin' - I did the record," Nas told MTV News, before adding: "It's hip-hop music; music is music. If I feel it, I can get on it. I heard the track, I felt it, I loved it."
Geffen Records made history on June 27, 1994 when Aerosmith's "Head First" became the first major label song made available for exclusive digital download. Download speeds at the time were so slow it took around 75 minutes to download the track.