On “I Admit“ NBA YoungBoy takes us on a voyage into his relationship problems. Mostly highlighting the regret of his previous one. His growth is clear on this track, looking at his sound and lyrics. It shows his new outlook on life.
Kentrell may be a gangster like he mentions,
Give no care ’bout who you fuck, she know I’m a gangster (Grr, grr, grr)
I flash out bad, I don’t care who in here, now, girl bring yo’ ass here
You all mine, don’t you let ’em get in your mind, baby (Ooh)
but he cares about his family and works hard to provide for them.
She starts off with a low, raw singing sound—
I know you slime, I know you ain’t lackin’, you violent
Them niggas ran down on yo’ homie, now you slidin’
Then the build-up happens as she switches up to rapping. The way Nicki does this is so smooth and natural. Only she can pull that off that conversion. The lyrics build up even more when she raps faster. This is my favorite part,
You a amateur, ho, I’m in the league
Point guard, tongue out, oh, look at the speed, and
I don’t lick the rims on shots, I all net her
Nicki Minaj here states her reign as Queen of Rap over the year and still counting. She’s in the league because of her clear power and influence over the music industry. The metaphor here is super-insane, and it clearly validates what she’s saying. Her lyricism, and ability to stay relevant for 15 years in the game—aren’t amateur stuff.
The last bit about “I all net her” is a sharp brain double entendre. Nicki stays consistent with Basketball references. She reiterates her talent in rapping but reverts it to a sport. A straight shot in Basketball doesn’t touch the net. She can handle her rim shot (alcohol reference). But to top it all off, taking a shot is a direct diss to somebody. Man, Nicki really is one the greatest of all time.
“I Admit” earns a perfect score for me simply because NBA YoungBoy and Nicki Minaj feed off of each other—their singing, rapping, and lyrics are just a perfect harmony. You never tire of listening to this song.
Listen to “I Admit” here