According to Minaj, 35, the feud began when she and Cardi, 25, were both featured on Migos‘ “Motorsport,” which dropped in October.
In November, Cardi told the UK’s Capital Xtra, “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 that.”
That led to the Twitterverse buzzing about Minaj’s verse getting cut down to make room for Cardi, which Minaj says hurt her deeply.
“The only thing with Cardi that really, really, really hurt my feelings was the first interview she did after ‘Motorsport’ came out … ’cause she looked so aggravated and angry, and the only thing she kept saying was ‘I didn’t hear that verse, I didn’t hear that verse, she changed her verse,'” Minaj said. “I was like, ‘What?’ ”
She added that she did appreciate Cardi’s most recent interview, in which the former stripper denied any feud with Minaj.
“I finally felt like she said something genuinely nice about me,” Minaj told Beats 1 Radio Thursday. “With ‘Motorsport’ I felt ambushed … At the time I went on Twitter and I explained how ‘Motorsport’ came about and people said I was lying, so I texted Quavo and was like, ‘Can you back me up on this?’ Because I didn’t want people to think I was lying,” she said. “And he didn’t back me up … It hurt my feelings to know that people would watch me be slaughtered and not one person will step in to say the truth.”
Crying, she continued, “They will run with that lie because … it’s entertaining to make Nicki seem like a bad guy.”
Minaj said that when Quavo first approached her to feature on “Motorsport,” he was the only person on the track and that he asked for her blessing to eventually add Cardi to the song.
As for why Minaj and Cardi didn’t film the music video for the song together, Minaj claimed it’s because both ladies share a hairstylist and that the hairstylist had a scheduling conflict.
“When it was time to clear the air about that, no one did that … All of them allowed me to look like I lied … They’re gonna act like I’m doing it to be mean with the current Nicki hate train,” she said.
“[Cardi] still did interviews and jumped all around that just to paint Nicki as the bad person so [Cardi] could play the victim,” she alleged. “And that really, really hurt me, because I really, fully supported her and up until this recent interview … The first thing out of your mouth when someone asks you about a Nicki Minaj feature is ‘She changed her verse’? Excuse me? It’s because of the Nicki hate parade that she felt comfortable to address me in that manner.”
Minaj claimed to not hold a grudge against Cardi, but she may have disproved that herself within just a few hours.
Leaked versions of Minaj’s original verse hit Twitter after her interview went viral. In the unreleased version, Minaj sings in the intro, then raps, “If Cardi the QB, I’m Nick Lombardi,” which many interpreted as a diss to Cardi. However, in the final version, the verse has no sung parts and Minaj instead says, “If Quavo the QB, I’m Nick Lombardi.”
Minaj lashed out at Cardi on Twitter shortly after the leak was posted, though she didn’t mention the “Bodak Yellow” rapper by name.
“How can you say someone changed their verse & forget to say Quavo TOLD me to remove my singing part (which I loved) & Atlantic told me to remove your name from my verse per your request?” she wrote. “So how were those changes gonna happen if I didn’t ‘change’ my verse?”
In February, sources told Page Six that Minaj was determined to get back on top, though insiders also insisted any competition she had with Cardi was friendly.
As for the “Nicki hate train” of which she spoke, the rapper’s most recent beefs included highly publicized feuds with Remy Ma, Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift.
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