By James Dinh
It’s safe to that Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” is a bona fide hit with just about everybody under the sun. Since its release back in May, the Pink Friday cut has spawned celebrity covers from Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift and even a couple members of the Kardashian clan, but the bouncy pop track was recently covered by even more wannabe MCs: 8-year-old Sophia Grace Brownlee and her 5-year-old cousin Rosie.
You may not recognize their names, but you’ll most likely recognize the British youngsters’ YouTube cover of the Minaj hit (or matching princess dresses) that spread like wildfire across the Internet. The duo took their cutesy talents to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday to perform the song and screamed in excitement when the Young Money raptress surprised them with an appearance. How else do young girls react when seeing their musical idol in person? Well, lots of screaming and jumping, of course.
“Within five seconds of seeing this video, I was calling everyone I knew and I was also receiving a billion emails,” Minaj told DeGeneres. “Everyone is like, ‘You have to see this little girl.’ She blew me away! I have a hypeman, and you have a hypegirl.”
Alongside her “hypegirl” cousin, Grace later performed her version of the record-breaking tune with the Harajuku Barbie as they sporadically shared lines. Despite applauding her talents and bright future, Minaj stressed the importance of school. “We feel like we’re watching a journey that’s about to be amazing, right?” she said. “You are incredible. I just want you to stay in school, the both of you. Music is beautiful, but I want you to stay in school. Put your books first and singing second.”