Nicki Minaj doesn’t have any beef with Bronx rapper Cardi B, but that doesn’t mean the former reality star hasn’t offended the “Monster” MC since her time in the spotlight began. In a new interview with Zane Lowe, Minaj dishes on incarcerated ex Meek Mill, label mate Drake and “Motorsport” collaborator Cardi B, whom she feels didn’t show the proper respects when asked about the 2017 anthem.
“I remember when I first came in the game… I would only be singing their praises and saying thank you,” Nicki said of the female rappers who came before her. “The first interview she did, it just hurt me because she looked so aggravated and angry. She just kept saying she didn’t hear it…. I was like, What?”
Minaj is referring to Cardi’s Capital Xtra interview where she claimed Minaj re-wrote her verse once she realized they’d be sharing the track, insinuating that the Barbie was intimidated by the “Bodak Yellow” spitter.
When it comes to the music video for “Motorsport” and why they filmed their verses separately, Minaj says they both had a scheduling conflict because they share the same hair stylist. She took offense to the fact that no one, including the three members of Migos, came to her defense while she was made to look like “the bad guy.”
“And you still did interviews just to paint Nicki as the bad person. And play the victim. And that really, really hurt me because I really fully supported her [Cardi B]. And up until this recent interview she did [with Ebro Darden for Beats 1], I had never seen her show love in an interview. And I can only imagine how many girls wished they could’ve been on a song with Nicki Minaj.”
It seems things have come full circle for Onika, as she was accused of refusing to pay homage to Lil Kim upon her entry into the game.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.