Nicki Minaj and Kanye “Ye” West’s feud continues — or was there ever? The two rappers have collaborated on songs numerous times over the years. The “Super Bass” rapper appeared on Yes’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” album with a song titled “Dark Fantasy,” while he contributed to her “Pink Friday” album with a track called “Blazin,” according to 6ix9ine for the song “MAMA” and Ye’s song “Violent Crimes” featured a voicemail by Minaj.
In a 2019 interview with The Shade Room, Minaj said the only time they disagreed about something was when Ye asked to have one of their tracks turned into a gospel song. “What’s funny is that I did a song with Kanye that he now wants to turn into a gospel song,” she said. “I wrote three different verses, Chile, and I don’t know. We disagree. I don’t know, but of course I love and respect Kanye and Kim, we’ll see what happens with that.”
The Trinidad and Tobago native has never spoken ill of Ye in the media since, but things took a turn when she headlined the 2022 Essence Festival of Culture.
Nicki Minaj cut her song with Kanye from her festival set
Nicki Minaj headlined the 2022 Essence Festival of Culture in New Orleans, and during her set the rapper had asked the DJ to stop playing “Monster,” another collaboration she had with Kanye “Ye” West. She also reportedly cast shadows at Ye by swearing at him.
“I’m ‘monster’-ed out, and we don’t fuck with clowns,” she told the crowd, per Page Six, going on to “give New Orleans a shout-out.” It also noted that it was on the same day as her performance Ye’s track with Cardi B, “Hot S**t” was released. Fans know that Minaj and Cardi have a long history of feuding, with both parties seemingly dissing each other in their songs.
It’s unclear why Minaj refused to perform her song with Ye, but what’s interesting is that a few months ago she revealed that the “Donda” rapper turned down her idea of a Yeezy collaboration. “I told Kanye, I was like, ‘Hey, I’m about to do something and I just wanted to make sure I talk to you first.’ I have so much respect for him,” she shared on Joe Budden TV (via Us Weekly). “He said, ‘Well if I did something to you … my wife probably wouldn’t like that idea because I should be giving this to my wife instead. If I did a female version of Yeezy, it should probably go to my wife.’” Of course, he was referring to then-wife Kim Kardashian.