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Nicki Minaj and Cardi B face off at NYFW

by Bridgette Babb - Copy Editor
Tue, Sep 18th 2018 04:40 pm
It's knot ok - Nicki Minaj (above, left) and Cardi B (above, right) posed on the red carpet before Cardi lashed out against Minaj at the New York Fashion Week, on Friday Sept. 7, 2018.
It's knot ok - Nicki Minaj (above, left) and Cardi B (above, right) posed on the red carpet before Cardi lashed out against Minaj at the New York Fashion Week, on Friday Sept. 7, 2018.

Since the creation of rap, female artists have always been put against each other by the media. When people like MC Lyte and Queen Latifah preached unity, the blogs still insisted on arguing about who was on top out of them all. The new generation of female rappers have only added to the stereotype  that there can only be one female rapper on the charts. The latest feud formed is between Nicki Minaj and Cardi B, and has reached a point of no return.

Everytime a new woman decides to join the genre, the main phrase that floats around is that she is trying to take the spot of the one before her. No one ever considers that the spotlight is big enough for everyone to share, just like it is for the men. 

The back and forth between the two artists seemed to start with the track “MotorSport,” but in reality it actually began with Cardi telling a crowd on the MoMa PS1 stage that a “mystery woman” doesn’t like her but wanted to be her  friend now. 

Speculations floated that it was about Minaj after a video of her jamming to “Bodak Yellow” surfaced. 

Following that, Minaj released the song “No Flags,” prompting a verse many thought was aimed at Cardi. That rumor was put to rest quickly when Minaj shouted out  “Bodak Yellow” on Twitter, congratulating Cardi, who then thanked Minaj humbly with the words “Thank You! This means so much coming from you!” 

Further drama follows with “Motorsport,” when there is a mess of miscommunication on who is actually on the song, and what verses are being used. In the end, the song featured both the women, along with Migos. In Minaj's interview after the release, she expressed that she was hurt at Cardi’s actions following the song.

“The first interview [Cardi] did after ‘MotorSport’ came out, it just really hurt me 'cause she looked so aggravated and angry,” Minaj said. “I can only imagine how many girls wished they could’ve been on a song with Nicki Minaj. I’m not saying it in a cocky way … I’m saying it, like, the first thing out of your mouth when somebody asks you about a Nicki Minaj feature is, ‘She changed her verse.’ Excuse me?”

Cardi B responded after that, saying that she really had no beef with anyone and that she felt a lot of the drama was being egged on by the internet. 

“I just feel like it's really internet made-up,” Cardi said during the interview. “I don't really have the time for that.”

The two were then seen talking at the Met Gala in May, and seemed to be on cordial terms. Cardi denied that there was ever a beef with Minaj in the first place during an interview with Howard Stern. She admits that they had a misunderstanding, but that she had no issues with the rapper. 

Minaj later verbalized on Twitter that she felt Cardi needed to have a thicker skin in order to survive in the business when she critiqued her music. Minaj also allegedly liked tweets bashing Cardi’s support of rapper Kodak Black, who was released from prison for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman. 

The next event the two met was the Harper’s Bazaar ICON party at the New York Fashion Week. Tensions were extremely high at this point for Cardi, who said that Minaj allegedly spoke badly about her child. A fight broke out between the two entourages, and Cardi received an unpleasant bump to her right eyebrow. 

While few say it was Minaj that hit her, it was confirmed that a security guard accidentally hit the rapper, and that the fight was between Cardi and reality star Rah Ali, a friend of Minaj’s. Cardi went on Instagram hours after the incident with a statement presumably about Minaj. Allegedly, Minaj spoke ill about Cardi's child and she was trying to stop Cardi's money flow by bad mouthing her. Minaj spoke on iTunes Radio, “Queen Radio,” to say that the incident between herself and Cardi was “mortifying and humiliating.”

“You’re angry and you’re sad. This is not funny,” Minaj said about Cardi B. “Get this woman some f*****g help. This woman's at the highest point in her career and she's throwing shoes?”

This is not the first time the two women have been in public feuds. Former exotic dancer and reality star Cardi B exchanged words with a few of the cast members on Love & Hip Hop: New York, her biggest physical fight being with Asia. Minaj also had feuds with other female rappers such as Remy Ma and Lil Kim, who accused Minaj of stealing her entire style. 

As this feud between Minaj and Cardi continues, the public can only hope that the two eventually put their differences aside. With both Cardi’s “Invasion of Privacy” and Minaj's “Queen” being nominated in the female rap category for Billboard, the verdict is still out on a reconciliation.