Fivio Foreign's hilarious mix-up: Nicki Minaj's 'Everybody' sample misinterpreted for a shoutout

When "Everybody" isn't Everybody: Fivio Foreign's viral moment

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Fivio Foreign, the New York rapper, thought he heard a shoutout from his friend Nicki Minaj on her song "Everybody," but it turned out to be a misunderstanding. The song samples Junior Senior's "Move Your Feet," and Fivio mistook the word "body" for "Fivi.

The confusion centers around a snippet from the song's hook. The sample, borrowed from Junior Senior's 2002 track "Move Your Feet," includes the word "body." However, Fivio briefly believed that Nicki was actually saying his name, "Fivi." In the video, he excitedly shared his discovery, convinced that the superstar rapper had given him a nod.

"It sounds like she said Fivi, right?" Fivio laughed. "Nah, somebody told me that. They were like, 'Look, she says Fivi!' But you know what it is? I ain't really listen to the whole song. I was just hearing that part. They were like, 'The sample is going viral on TikTok.' I'm like, oh sh*t.
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But reality soon set in. Fivio admitted that he knew Nicki wasn't shouting him out before posting the clip. Still, he couldn't resist sharing the amusing moment with his fans. It's a classic case of misinterpretation, fueled by excitement and the allure of social media.

No shoutout, but a history of collaboration

While Fivio Foreign didn't receive a direct shoutout on Nicki Minaj's latest album, Pink Friday 2, the two artists have crossed paths before. In 2022, they collaborated on the track "We Go Up." Despite the mix-up, Fivio remains appreciative of Nicki's talent and influence.

Nicki's take on "Everybody"

Nicki Minaj herself shed light on the creation of "Everybody." She revealed that she penned the track in a mere five minutes. Originally intended for a collaboration with Call of Duty (yes, the video game franchise), the song almost didn't make it onto her album. But Nicki's instincts prevailed, and she decided to keep it for Pink Friday 2. She even shared her surprise when fellow rapper Lil Uzi Vert praised the song:

"This is mad funny because that was the song I wrote in 5 mins one day for 'Call Of Duty.' Once I kept it for my album, I still didn't even really know if it made sense on PF2. I didn't wanna send it to Uzi because I thought he'd be over it. Instead, he was like, 'This hard af! Uzicito.
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A lesson in listening

Fivio Foreign's mix-up serves as a reminder to pay attention to the details. Sometimes, even seasoned artists can misinterpret lyrics, especially when caught up in the excitement of a catchy tune. As for Nicki Minaj, she continues to surprise fans with her quick-witted wordplay and unexpected collaborations.

So next time you're jamming to a song, keep those ears sharp—you never know what hidden gems might be waiting to be discovered.

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