On Friday (Aug. 7) Cardi B appears to have praised Nicki Minaj during an interview with Nadeska for Apple Music’s Beats 1 Radio. In a brief section of the their conversation, the Bronx rapper salutes a female rapper for her tenure in the rapper game. Cardi doesn’t name-drop, but it sounds like she could have been referring to Nicki.
“When I was younger…when I was 6, 7, 8, there was a lot of female rappers and then there was a time when there was no female rappers at all,” Cardi responds when asked about the female rappers she looked up to growing up. “I had to keep replaying songs from the early 2000s. Like, I had to keep replaying it, replaying it, replaying it because for a while there wasn’t no female rappers. And then, there was one female rapper that dominated for a very long time and she did pretty good and still dominating.”
Nicki hit the rap scene in the early 2000s and garnered a major buzz after dropping her mixtape Beam Me Up Scotty in 2009. Her track “I Get Crazy” peaked at No. 8 on Billboard‘s Hot Rap Songs chart. Shortly after, Lil Wayne signed Nicki to his Young Money Entertainment record label and she went on to dominate charts, drop hit albums like Pink Friday, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded and The Re-Up and more, and score two No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100: “Trollz” with 6ix9ine and Doja Cat’s “Say So.”
Nonetheless, this particular conversation Cardi had with Nadeska was one of four parts. The entire interview, which is in promotion of the rapper’s new song “Wap” with Megan Thee Stallion, also includes a segment with fellow rappers Mulatto, Suki Hana and Rubi Rose, who appear in the visual for the record.
Things haven’t been remotely copasetic between the two female rappers. In fact, their beef allegedly dates back to 2018 over a feature with Future. According to Hollywood Unlocked‘s Jason Lee, Future and Cardi were supposed to collab on “Drip,” which appears on her debut album, Invasion of Privacy. However, the joint effort never came to fruition because the “Anaconda” rhymer supposedly asked Hendrix to either remove himself from the track or be axed from their joint NickiHndrxx Tour.
This incident led to a mountain of tension between the two rappers dividing portions of female rap fans down the middle. Stans were forced into Barb and Bardi camps as the two threw shade at each other online. The shade eventually led to a physical altercation at the Harper’s Bazaar Icons party in 2018, where the “Invasion of Privacy” rapper was spotted exiting the event with injuries to the face.
Since 2019, the beef between the newly pregnant rapper and Cardi has gone silent. Many fans of Cardi and the Barbie commented on her words in tweets, hoping the two entertainers would finally squash their issues so they could work together.
Cardi B’s comments about Nicki Minaj begin at the 00:43 second-mark. Watch the full clip below.
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