With the release of Nicki Minaj’s new music comes a Beats 1 interview featuring the star. She chatted with Zane Lowe about everything from her break on social media to her “babies” in the industry. She also touched on a particularly hot topic: her and Cardi B.
Nicki shares the one thing the Invasion of Privacy rapper did that “really, really, really hurt [her] feelings.”
What Happened With Cardi
“With Cardi B, she’s done exactly what she should have done. She’s just gone full steam ahead, and congradulations to her,” Nicki began. “The only thing with Cardi that really, really, really hurt my feelings was the first interview she did after ‘MotorSport’ came out.”
Rocking a fresh face and long black hair, Nicki used her own experience in the rap industry as an example before making her point about Cardi. She remembered herself as young artist, saying, “I remember 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.”
Referencing Cardi’s radio interview with UK’s Capital Xtra, Nicki continued, “The first interview [Cardi] did after ‘MotorSport’ came out… It just really hurt me. Cause she looked so aggravated and angry.” She added, “The only thing she kept saying was ‘Oh, I didn’t hear that,’ ‘I didn’t hear that verse,’ ‘I didn’t hear that,’ ‘She changed her verse.'”
As mentioned by Nicki, merely weeks after “MotorSport” was released, Cardi told Capital Xtra‘s host, “When I heard the track, her verse wasn’t finished — well, it’s not the verse that is out right now — and Quavo told me to get on the song and I just felt like it was a perfect opportunity for me to be on a track that’s big like them… Cause those are two big people.”
After sharing that she felt “ambushed” after the track’s release, Nicki talked about the aftermath of Cardi’s interview and the effect it had on her.
“At the time I went on Twitter, and I explained how ‘MotorSport’ came about. And, you know, people were saying that I was lying,” Nicki continued. “So I texted Quavo, and I said ‘Hey, could you back me up on this? Because, you know, I don’t want people to think I’m lying. What do I have to lie about?’ And he didn’t back me up. He texted me, and he was like, ‘I would go on Twitter and back you up if you were my girl lol.’ And that hurt, because I love him.”
She continued, “Quavo told me, ‘I’m not gonna go on Twitter and address that s**t man. If I do a interview, then I’ll address it.’ And I was like, ‘Yikes.'”
“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 run with that lie […] because it’s entertaining to make Nicki like a bad guy,” she said.
“I see all these guys coming out at the same time and most of them actually do sound alike,” she told the show’s hosts. “Sometimes I be like, ‘Who is this?…Isn’t that so-and-so?’ It’s like, why you don’t do that to them? Why it gotta be girls? Every rapper right now, like Nicki, Remy, me, some girls that’s on the come-up, it’s like, I don’t feel like nobody sound like each other.”
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