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Nicki Minaj + Rihanna’s ‘Fly’ Gets Mashed Up With Steve Jobs’ Stanford Speech

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With Apple visionary Steve Jobs having passed on Wednesday, the spirit of his forward-thinking, infinite digital creativity carries on in this clever mash-up that is as original as Jobs’ mind. We unearthed the Nicki Minaj x Sketchomatic: A Steve Jobs Tribute here and we’re sure it’s just one of many that will ensue in the coming days.

With this mash up, Jobs’ speech at Stanford’s 2005 commencement is spliced with the airy, “don’t listen to the haters” song ‘Fly‘ from Minaj’s ‘Pink Friday.’ The speech’s tenets and the song’s lyrics are made for each other! It’s an unexpected juxtaposition of Minaj’s raps, RiRi‘s ethereal delivery of the chorus, and Jobs’ assertive, spoken word statements. It certainly is a spirit lifter.

It begins with Jobs’ saying that even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there, which is a powerful thought and position.

Other appropriate parts of the speech are also sprinkled throughout, such as Jobs declaring,
“Your time is limited, so don’t live someone else’s life.”

He also encourages people to “have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you want to truly become.” If you’re pissed at your situation or station in life, this mash-up will inspire you to take the bull by the horns and make a change. It’s that motivating, without ever being cheesy or new age’y.

It’s simple yet powerful stuff, set to a simple and powerful song.

Listen to the Nicki Minaj, Rihanna + Steve Jobs Mashup of ‘Fly’

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