Come On A Cone

Album: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012)

Songfacts®:

  • This Hit-Boy produced track finds Minaj at her most brash, as she brags about her record sales ("Pink Friday, two milli; Super Bass, triple plat") and the famous company she finds herself in ("When you see me on Ellen, just admit that I'm winnin'). It is a return to her original brazenness, that originally showed up on such pre-fame tracks as "I Get Crazy "from her 2009 mixtape Beam Me Up, Scotty's. "I always thought I could write pop songs for someone else or I could write R&B records for someone else, but I didn't think that people would accept me writing those type of songs and me singing them and just being who I am," Minaj told Complex magazine. "And I guess that's the point... The goal is to not want their acceptance, the goal is to just do you and they'll come around."
  • The lyric, "When I'm sitting with Anna, I'm really sitting with Anna. Ain't a metaphor, punchline, I'm really sittin with Anna," refers to Minaj finding herself sitting next to Anna Wintour, the Vogue magazine editor-in-chief, at a fashion show.
  • The lyric, "7up went and gave my commercial to Cee-Lo," finds Minaj taking a shot at singer-songwriter and Voice judge Cee-Lo Green after he was enlisted for the drink company's ad campaign. At the time she tweeted to her followers that, "it would have better if I done it."
  • Initially, Hit-Boy's bass-heavy beat didn't suit Minaj's needs, but it proved to be an easy fix. "The tempo was a bit slower so she was like, 'Can you speed this up?' I sped it up, and she hit me back like, 'Yo, this is crazy, I'm writing to it,' and [she] just kept having me send beats," he told MTV News.
  • Minaj told Artist Direct that the song contains both facets of her personality - "the hardcore side and the theatrical side." She added that she, "wanted to write a song that was talking real s--t from beginning to end. Everything I'm saying is facts. I'm not rapping just to make things rhyme or have a metaphor. It's factual, but it has that cocky swag people know me for. We get theatrical on the hook. I think what makes that song is that low feel, tone, and beat. That beat takes you on a journey."
  • The Grizz Lee-directed video finds Minaj taking fans through a day in her life, and features appearances by Waka Flocka Flame, Tyga, and Birdman. We also Minaj hanging out at the BET Awards together with such luminaries as Kim Kardashian, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and Kanye West.

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