The X-rated meaning of Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj’s Side to Side

The pop starlet debuted her new single at the Video Music Awards – and it’s a rude one.

Dangerous Woman Ariana Grande album cover
Ariana in disguise Ariana Grande on the cover of latest album Dangerous Woman. Image Picture Republic

Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj were among the main highlights of the recent VMAs, performing a steamy rendition new single Side to Side.

However, what many fans of the 23-year-old pop princess probably do not realise is just how rude a song it is to begin with.

Well, fear not because Grande has been busy speaking to MTV about what the song’s lyrics refer to and, it’s fair to say she has not minced her words.

Because, despite the accompanying gym-based music video’s suggestion otherwise, the song is not about cycling – it’s about sex.

And not just sex either – more specifically the pain felt after having too much of the good stuff.

‘”hat whole song is about riding leading to soreness. ‘Ride d**k bicycle’ is the lyric, indeed,” Grande told MTV.

In all fairness, there were definitely hints at such an interpretation in the lines attributed to Minaj, who has never been one for holding back when it comes to discussing such endeavours.

“This the new style with the fresh type of flow, Wrist icicle, ride d**k bicycle,” she spits in one particular verse.

“Come true yo, get you this type of blow, If you wanna Minaj, I got a tricycle.”

These latest revelations are only likely to enhance the Reggae-inspired track’s standing in the pop community, where allusions to sex have been commonplace since the 1960s.

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Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.