“Thankful,” that is how soca star Patrice Roberts feels about being a part of TT-born, US rapper Nicki Minaj’s and dancehall artiste Skeng’s remix of Likkle Miss.
The remix was released on October 6 and features an array of female talent including TT soca stars Destra Garcia and Roberts; Jamaican dancehall star Spice, British rapper Lady Leshurr, Jamaican dancehall artistes Pamputtae, Dovey Magnum, Lady Mercedez and rapper London Hill.
The nine artistes are referred to as The Fine Nine on the six-minute, 11-second official audio video on YouTube.
Garcia sings at 4.47 on the track while Roberts sings at 5.18 on the track. Roberts' part was followed by Skeng’s.
The video, at the time of writing, amassed 47,000 views on YouTube. Roberts’ publicist Adanna Asson, who is also part of her management team, said, “The song became live on digital streaming platforms around midnight.”
She said it has been a couple of weeks since Minaj engaged Roberts directly about being part of a project.
“We did not know of all of the specifics as it related to the song. We knew what song it was. We did not know exactly what she was going to do because it was very tight-lipped.”
Asson said she believed Minaj wanted to surprise everyone. “She just kept saying it was going to be a legendary project. Of course, when she approached Patrice to be a part of the team it was a no-brainer.
“It was something we definitely wanted Patrice to be involved in and something, of course, Patrice wanted to be involved in as well.”
Roberts was sent guidelines which said she needs a verse. Minaj sent the music.
“For Patrice, she might be a little lost for words. Just talking to her this morning, she is just really full of gratitude.
“She is very excited about the fact that Nicki could have looked at her talent and realised that she is someone she wanted involved in the project. Nicki Minaj really handpicked the women she wanted in the project,” Asson said.
She said this was great for soca.
Asson said Roberts worked tirelessly at her music and craft so she was able to generate interest for herself and the genre.
She said the team could only anticipate what other opportunities might come for Roberts as a result of being a part of this.
“Patrice is very prepared for whatever opportunities may come her way. But she is just full of excitement, gratitude and love.”
Roberts’ verse was written by TT songwriting company Full Blown Entertainment, headed by Kory and Kevon Hart.
On her Instagram page Garcia, who calls herself the queen of bacchanal, said it was no secret how she feels about Minaj and “all she does and keeps doing.”
“But this project right here is giving the true meaning of female power, talent and unity…queens.”
Minaj is also seen on a video on Garcia’s page singing Garcia’s part and saying the queen of bacchanal/soca still has her favourite soca song of all time... It’s Carnival (done with Machel Montano in 2003).
In that video Minaj also shouted out Jamaican dancehall icon Ninja Man. She said she loved him.
“A lot of these artistes to me don’t get their just due and they’ve paved the way on inspiring some of your favourite artistes…,” Minaj said.