Nicki Minaj’s official re-release of her first-ever mixtape Beam Me Up Scotty has opened up a floodgate of emotions.
The fan-favorite project sports three new tracks (including the Young Money-boosted “Seeing Green”) and a fresh dose of nostalgia through the other 20 songs.
One of those songs — 2014’s “Chi-Raq” — was able to spark the career of a Chicago rapper named Lil Herb who would go on to become a Hip Hop superstar by the name of G Herbo, and he ensured his appreciation was made public in the wake of Beam Me Up Scotty’s streaming debut.
“@nickiminaj GAVE ME MY FIRST BIG SHOT PUT ME ON THAT STAGE WITH HER & I AIN’T LOOKED BACK SINCE! LOVE YOU 4 EVER EVER!!” G Herbo wrote on Instagram on Friday (May 14) while adding a “queen” and “goat” emoji for good measure.
A grateful Nicki Minaj left a “praying hands” and “black heart” emoji in the comments of his post.
Nicki Minaj’s catalog has proven to be a golden gift as she continues to enjoy her maternity hiatus bliss. She recently became the first female rapper to have her solo record pass 1 billion YouTube views on YouTube with her 2014 The Pinkprint single “Anaconda” earning the distinction.
Revisit Nicki Minaj and G Herbo’s classic “Chi-Raq” below. Stream Beam Me Up Scotty here.