“Love & Hip Hop: Miami” star Trina dropped a hot new track with Nicki Minaj Wednesday — and it appears to pay homage to the first black woman to win an Academy Award for best actress.
“BAPS” — likely a reference to the 1997 comedy film “B*A*P*S”, or Black American Princesses, starring Halle Berry — features a sample of the 2000 song “Project Bitch,” and a Pac-Man-like dot-crunching background beat.
Language alert: there are some explicit lyrics in the audio clip below.
Berry’s flick tanked at the time but today is considered a pioneering rom-com and cult classic starring women of color on the silver screen at a time when that was far less common.
The “B*A*P*S” movie poster featured a crown above the letter A — and the “BAPS” album art also features a crown motif.
Berry acknowledged the film’s enduring impact in an interview with First We Feast earlier this month.
“I think when people run up and say they love ‘B*A*P*S,’ I absolutely know why,” the 2002 Oscar winner says. “Do I think that’s one of my best performances? Maybe not. But I know, for the community and my culture, I know what that means to us — as a people and as women.”
This wouldn’t be the first time Berry has inspired hip-hop artists — she’s been name-dropped in tracks by Kanye West, Missy Elliott and Nas.
Trina and Minaj’s “BAPS” has racked up up over 245,000 views since dropping overnight.