Nicki Minaj sure knows how to make a bang. After laying low for a few months the Young Money artist is back and has a new interview on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio with Zane Lowe. Nicki Minaj spoke on a number of things from what she’s been doing during hiatus, the Meek Mill break-up and addressed the Cardi B rap beef rumors.
Nicki dropped two new ferocious songs today (4/12/18), “Barbie Tingz,” and “Chun-Li”
co-produced by Chevy Music, J. Reid today and of course this sparked rumors that she was sending shots at Cardi and possibly Remi as well. But during her Zane Lowe sit down she said that is not the case and the songs were recorded nearly a year ago. First, the Pinkprint rapper denied feuding with Cardi B after the release of their Migos collaboration, “MotorSport,” but was still “hurt” by the fallout.
— Missinfo (@Missinfo) April 13, 2018
“The only thing with Cardi that really, really, really hurt my feelings was the first interview she did after ‘MotorSport’ came out […] Up until this recent interview she did, I had never seen her show me genuine love in an interview,” Nick said. “I remember when I first came in the game, I would only be singing their praises and saying thank you. The first interview she did, it just hurt me because she looked so aggravated and angry, and the only thing she kept saying was, ‘I didn’t hear that, she changed her verse.’ I was like, ‘What?’”
Minaj went on to explain that a scheduling conflict with her hair dresser prevented her from shooting the video with Migos and Cardi B. When she asked Quavo to back her up on Twitter, his response was “If You was my girl I Would… LOL” basically saying he wasn’t jumping to her defense unless she was his girlfriend. “When it was time to clear the air about that, no one did that,” she said. “All of them allowed me to look like I lied.”
“Up until this recent interview that she did, I had never seen her show me genuine love,” Minaj said of Cardi B. “I could just imagine how many girls wish they could have been on a song with Nicki Minaj. I’m not saying in it a cocky way … It’s because of the Nicki hate train that she felt like she could speak about me in that manner.”
Nicki also spoke on how hard it was being in the middle of the Drake and Meek Mill feud. She described it as “one of the hardest parts of my career to date.”
Also more tea was spilled during this interview when Nicki revealed that Atlantic and Cardi B made her take Cardi’s name out of her “MotorSport” verse. After the original version surfaced, fans speculated it was a jab. But Nicki went on to explain if it truly was a diss, then why would she feel comfortable replacing Quavo’s name with Cardi’s?
How can you say someone changed their verse & forget to say Quavo TOLD me to remove my singing part (which I loved) & Atlantic told me to remove your name from my verse per your request? So how were those changes gonna happen if I didn’t “change” my verse? 😩🤣 #NickiDay #ChunLi
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) April 12, 2018
There have been a lot of whispers and controversies surrounding the “Motorsport,” specifically in regards to Nicki and Cardi’s relationship. Shortly after the track was released, people began speculating that Nicki was blindsided by Cardi’s feature; however, Nicki claims she was informed about Cardi’s contribution prior to the song’s official drop.
“I was on the song w/Quavo. No one else was on it. He called & asked if I think we should put Bardi on it, I said ‘ok let’s do it.’ The end,” she tweeted. “Migos weren’t even on it yet. Just Quavo. The conspiracy theories r just so tired. Relax. Breathe. Imagine me not knowing who on a song w/me.”
STOP THE PRESS. DJ Akademiks just playing Nicki’s ORIGINAL Motorsport verse & SHE ORIGINALLY SHOUTED CARDI OUT before she felt like Cardi was taking shots at her. WOW pic.twitter.com/BcVc4gw6Ui
— Tae (@brokeboyvibe) April 12, 2018
In the expertly timed leak—posted by DJ Akademiks—you can hear Nicki drop Cardi’s name:
I’m with a couple bad bitches that’ll rip the party
If Cardi the QB, I’m Nick Lombardi
Pull up in the space coupe, I done linked with Marty
I can actually afford to get a pink Bugatti
The final version replaced Cardi’s name with Quavo, which raises the question: Was Nicki trying to throw shade in her earlier verse?
Because Quavo was ultimately referenced in the line, many people have claimed that Nicki was simply giving a shout-out to Cardi, while also acknowledging her position in the rap game; however, others believe Nicki was attempting to put Cardi in her place by designating their respective roles and ranks. From both of the female emcee’s most recent interviews it seems as there is no real beef between them, but boy o boy does it seem like it. Hopefully time will heal all wounds and these two great New York rappers can come together and make some music together.