Guided by a beating heart
If the beef between Nicki Minaj and Remy Ma — which dates back to 2007 — had settled any while Remy was away, it flared up with a vengeance after Remy released “ShETHER.” The nearly seven-minute-long track started a back-and-forth that lasted for months. From Nicki’s verse on Gucci Mane’s “Make Love” to Remy’s “Another One,” it was all messy and seemingly never-ending.
Then, when Remy won BET’s Best Female Hip-Hop Artist award — an award Nicki had won for seven years straight — and used her acceptance speech to send more shade towards Nicki… It was a lot. “Y’all bi–hes got fat while we starved/Shots in your a–, pads in your bras,” she said on the stage. “Y’all some liars it ain’t no facts in your songs/And yeah, that crown is coming back to the Bronx.”
Fans and spectators became so used to the tit-for-tat that when Lil Kim and Remy collaborated on a song, they immediately assumed that it was a diss record for Nicki. However, according to Remy Ma herself, it had nothing to do with the “Anaconda” artist.
Forever This Young
The beef between Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj is intense, even for casual spectators. Right after Remy got her snazzy, new record deal from Columbia, her first order of business was a collab with hip-hop veteran Lil Kim. Because both artists seem to have a mutual disdain for Nicki Minaj, every one assumed that the collab, “Wake Me Up,” would be an addition to the long list of diss records traded between the feuding rappers. TMZ reported that Remy and Kim were shooting the video for “Wake Me Up” in the Bronx and that the song itself was riddled with slick disses towards Nicki.
Two lines — “That crown I’m gon take that sh*t/Cause you a clown and homey don’t play that sh*t” and “I heard he lay that d***/You let them filet that fish/You just met him how he bae that quick?” — seemingly came for the Pink Friday artist.
Even the line “see, they ain’t slick, be talkin’ all cray and shit /And then you see ’em, they be like that they ain’t say that shit!” seemed to addressed Remy and Nicki’s interaction from about 10 years ago. After Nicki’s “Dirty Money” bars “tell that b–ch with the crown to run it like Chris Brown,” Remy walked right up to Nicki and asked the then-new-rapper if she was talking about her.
While Nicki never denied or confirmed who the track was about, Remy always felt that it was about her.
“So wake me up when it’s all over”
Maybe the water has finally made it under the bridge, because Remy explained the lyrics to “Wake Me Up” for Genius and didn’t mention Minaj once. (Every knows that if they lyrics were about Nicki, Remy would not have been shy about saying so.)
When the Terror Squad MC explained the lines “spray that fif’, the crown, I’mma take that s–t ’cause you a clown and Homey don’t play that s–t,” she said:
“If you was a kid or a teenager in the ’90s, and you came to school on Monday and you didn’t see your Living Color the day before, like, you was a lame. Like, you couldn’t even be in the conversation. Like Homey the Clown was one of Damon Wayans characters that was just crazy. Like, his s–t was like ‘Homey don’t play that s–t.’ And that nigga just wop you in your fucking head with a f–king sock.”
Even when she explained the lines that seemingly addressed her and Nicki’s 2007 interaction, Remy did not mention Nicki. Instead, she said that the lines referred to how straight-forward she is herself, and how she’s always telling people her thoughts about them to their face.
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