Yesterday, during an interview on Beats 1 with Zane Lowe to promote her two new singles, “Chun-Li” and “Barbie Tingz”, Nicki Minaj claimed that Cardi B “hurt her feelings.”
This was interesting and unexpected coming from Minaj, who has remained quiet in the months since the release of “Motorsport,” a Migos song that Nicki is featured on with fellow New York rapper, Cardi B. Since the song’s release, there have been rumors of beef between the two rappers, specifically because they shot the video separately.
Back in September 2017, before “Motorsport” even existed, Cardi B became the second female rapper in history to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100, preceded by only Lauryn Hill, who made history when her 1998 single, “Doo Wop (That Thing)” went number one. In response to Cardi’s accomplishment, Minaj tweeted:
Cardi replied, tweeting:
If only it had remained this cordial. In Lowe’s interview, Minaj finally addressed the “Motorsport” rumors, saying:
“The only thing with Cardi that really, really, really, hurt my feelings, was the first interview she did after ‘Motorsport’ came out. I remember, like, when I first came in the game, if a female of that stature had done a feature with me on it, I would only be singing their praises, and saying thank you. The first interview she did after ‘Motorsport’ came out, it just really hurt me, cuz she looked so aggravated and angry. And the only thing she kept saying was, ‘Oh, I didn’t hear that. I didn’t hear that verse. I didn’t hear that verse. She changed her verse.’ I was like, what?”
Here is the clip of the interview she was speaking about:
Cardi B doesn’t seem aggravated OR angry in that interview. She answered the question and kept it real. It seems like Nicki is trying to make Cardi seem hostile, when that just doesn’t seem to be the case.
Nicki went on to say:
“And so, her most recent interview, Cardi, that’s when I just came back on Instagram, and I saw it. I felt good. I finally felt like she said something genuinely nice you know, about me. But um, with ‘Motorsport,’ I kind of felt ambushed, you know… It hurt my feelings to know that people would watch me be slaughtered, and not one person will step in to say the truth. They will allow people to run with that lie, because it’s entertaining to make Nicki seem like a bad guy.”
It seems like it is the other way around in this situation. Nicki is making it seem like she was betrayed by Cardi and Quavo because they didn’t want to tweet to their fans that she didn’t have a problem with Cardi B being on the record. Sorry, Nicki, but if you really wanted the public to know that you were fine with Cardi being added to the track, why didn’t you tweet about it yourself and tell us that it was a rumor? Why does Cardi B or Quavo have to tweet that Nicki cosigned her feature, when they are not the ones being accused? That doesn’t make sense. And let’s not forget about when Nicki was in Cardi’s position in 2009, when she was featured on Birdman’s “Grindin’ Makin’ Money” with Lil’ Kim, and successfully requested Birdman to pull the track off of iTunes so that she didn’t have to be compared to Kim. Cardi saw “Motorsport” as an opportunity to be recognized on a song with someone as successful as Nicki Minaj, but with “Grindin’ Makin’ Money,” Nicki was defiant in sharing the spotlight with Lil’ Kim.
Later in the interview, Nicki spoke about the rumors regarding the “Motorsport” music video, saying:
“You know, even with the scheduling conflict, she’s using my hairdresser now, so even he can attest to the fact. Tokyo, he knows that there really was a scheduling conflict and it was because of him. He’s the one who couldn’t show up, and I texted him and I said, ‘You know that if I don’t show up the day she’s shooting, they’re gonna act like I’m doing it to be mean, you know, with the current Nicki hate train.’ He wasn’t able to come, he had something to do, and that’s fine. I had to shoot on another day. They all knew that. Especially if you’re using my hairdresser now, he can attest to that. And, you still did interviews and y’all all still jumped around that, and just to paint Nicki as the bad person. Just so you could play the victim.”
Again, it seems like the other way around. For one, she mentions that Cardi is using her hairdresser twice as if she’s implying that Cardi is copying her. Tons of celebrities use the same hairdressers, makeup artists, stylists, etc. It’s not that big of a deal. Additionally, fact checking shows that not once have Cardi B or Migos claimed that Nicki didn’t show up purposely to shade Cardi. In fact, when asked, Cardi cited a scheduling conflict as the reason that Nicki couldn’t make it, which is exactly what Nicki said.
Through tears, Nicki ended the Cardi B discussion saying:
And, um, that really really hurt me, because I fully supported her. And, um, up until this recent interview that she did, I had never seen her show me genuine love in an interview. And I can just imagine how many girls wish they could’ve been on a song with Nicki Minaj. I mean, I’m not saying it in a cocky way, but, um, yikes. I’m not saying that in a cocky way, I’m saying it like, the first thing out of your mouth when they ask you about a Nicki Minaj feature, is, ‘She changed her verse!’ Excuse me? It’s because of the Nicki hate parade. She felt the comfortability to address me in that manner.”
Despite claiming that Cardi B never showed her genuine love in an interview, less than a year ago, Cardi had this to say when asked about being compared to Minaj:
Although Nicki claims that she was not being cocky, we need to be realistic here. When did Nicki ever show genuine love to Lil’ Kim in an interview? Lil’ Kim is arguably the blueprint for Nicki’s career. Also, Lil’ Kim has achieved a number one rap feature and a Grammy Award, both things that Nicki has yet to achieve, but never has Nicki called her a legend or paid homage to her for paving the way. She instead entered the game dissing Kim on verses, claiming she, “killed the queen,” and on her very first album, Pink Friday, Nicki made a diss record to Kim called “Roman’s Revenge,” telling her, “You out of work. I know it’s tough, but enough is enough.” Is that how you address those who made your career possible with “genuine love?” Maybe Nicki is just experiencing karma for how she treated Lil’ Kim.
To make matters worse, after the interview, Nicki got messy, tweeting:
Sorry Nicki, but you’re pressed. You’re claiming a person who has never accused you of anything is playing victim. On top of that, the dramatic crying about nobody defending you is absolutely ridiculous. You’re an adult and if you felt your character was being attacked, you should have said something yourself. Also, it seems desperate that you would wait until the day that your two new singles are dropping to speak about this issue, surrounding a song that was released in 2017. And, the fact that you decided to release your new songs the week after Cardi B’s album release really makes it seem like you’re feeling threatened.
Cardi B’s new album, Invasion of Privacy, is available on streaming platforms and in stores now!