Whew chile, the tea is piping hot lately amongst the ladies of hip-hop. Rumors ran rampant on the internet in August after Reginald Saunders, the A&R of Trina’s record label, Rockstarr Music Group, made some very spicy comments on his Instagram that pointed to there being beef amongst Nicki Minaj and Trina. Reginald called Nicki Minaj a “deceiver” and “manipulator” . In the post, he didn’t go into many details. However, later on in the day, Youtuber Funky Dineva was able to secure an exclusive interview with him where Mr. Saunders goes into much more detail regarding his strife with Nicki. In a nutshell, Reginald felt that Nicki Minaj did not make herself available to do the music video. He also criticized how Nicki Minaj is promoting her newest single, Hot Girl Summer with newcomer Megan The Stallion versus how she promoted the single, BAPS, that she and Trina put out on Trina’s latest album, The One. Nicki Minaj has been seen in matching outfits with Megan, and heavily posting the single on her social media pages. However, when it came to the single with Trina, Nicki Minaj posted the song on her Instagram story (which disappears after 24 hours). However, Nicki Minaj did have Trina on Queen Radio to promote her album. Fans even criticized the New York MC on that move, noting that Nicki did not post any photos from that interview on her social media either. While all of this brewed on social media, Trina remained tightlipped on the situation, only posting a video on her Instagram to let fans know that she would be addressing the issue today. If there is truly a beef between the rappers, that would be devastating for the two allies who have always seemingly supported one another and have displayed solidarity within the catty female hip-hop community. With these new revelations on the horizon, let’s do a little recap of some of the most catty female rap beefs that have captivated us all (in no particular order of course)
Lil Kim vs Foxy Brown
New York rappers Lil’ Kim and Foxy Brown started off as friends in the music industry. Things quickly took a turn somewhere along the lines, when a vicious beef ensued that would last over the course of almost twenty years resulting in shots being fired on records and in the streets. It is still unclear to this day what exactly sparked the feud between these two. Speculation over the years has included everything from a falling out due to constantly being compared to an outfit that was borrowed and not returned. A line from Lil Kim’s “Notorious KIM” appears to be the most credible beginning of the beef, where she raps “This chick running around with this stink-ass gap/And them fake-ass raps having panic attacks/You ain’t a star/And your record company know that.” Foxy Brown took obvious offense to this, on the record “Bang Bang”, where she responded “You talk slick, fuck is all that sneak shit?/You and Diddy, y’all kill me with that subliminal shit, bitch.” These days the two women appear to have dropped the issue. Either that, or they just stay out of each other’s way. Either or, the war of words have ceased for now.
Lil Kim vs Nicki Minaj
The beef between these two rap giants has captivated fans for almost ten years. Despite Nicki noting Kim as one of her inspirations early in her career, things took a turn when Birdman allegedly removed Lil Kim from a song that was featuring Nicki Minaj. Lil Kim also accused Nicki Minaj of jacking her style when Nicki Minaj posed in a photoshoot that bore obvious similiarites to the Lil Kim ‘Hardcore” cover. The two continued to take shots at each other with Nicki Minaj referring to Lil Kim as a “sore loser” during a Hot 96 interview. Lil Kim responded to this by dropping “Black Friday” the same week that Nicki released her highly successful album, Pink Friday, where she rapped “This hood shit, you and Drake ain’t built for it”. Since then, the two have went on to let it be known that they will never make amends. Since then, Lil Kim has continued to show her support for Remy Ma and Cardi B, two of Nicki Minaj’s known enemies.
Nicki Minaj vs Cardi B
Sadly, this beef was mostly fueled by social media and blogs. With the surprise emergence of Cardi B, fans and bloggers alike instantly began to compare her to Nicki Minaj. A nasty social media war between the Barbz (Nicki Minaj fans) and the Bardi Gang (Cardi B fans). The women tried to remain cordial, with Cardi even praising Nicki Minaj in the beginning of her career. Fans continued to speculate that the beef was disingenuous after the controversy surrounding the Migos song, Motorsport, that featured both of them. The women did not appear in any shots together during the video, and allegedly took shots at one another in their verses. Still, both Nicki and Cardi denied these allegations, most likely to save face. The two appeared to have made amends at the 2018 Met Gala where they were photographed together. However, the truce was short lived and came to a head at the 2019 Met Gala where a fight ensued between the two camps, leaving Cardi B with a knot on her head. Subliminal tweets and Instagrams continued to follow. It is clear, while the beef is quiet at the moment, it is far from over.
Kash Doll vs Asian Doll
While this beef was short lived, it was juicy for the moment. It all began when Asian Doll did an interview saying that she would like to collaborate with Kash Doll and Dream Doll. Asian then followed the interview saying that she only wanted to collab with them to “body them” on the track. The two exchanged many back and forth tweets. However, they took a personal turn when Kash Doll accused the Gucci Mane signee of not liking her over a guy, to which Asian responded by calling the Detroit rapper a hater. Whew chile, it was a lot of back and forth to keep up with. Nicki Minaj even attempted to smooth out the beef with the ladies by inviting them both on her Queen Radio show. Kash Doll respectfully declined, not wanting to create anymore unnecessary drama. Things appeared to quiet down with those two until earlier this year when Asian Doll announced that she was changing her name to Asian Da Brat, with many speculating that it was to appease Kash Doll (As she has seemingly dissed the other “dolls” in the past). Alas, the beef was squashed after that. Kash Doll posted a Facetime screenshot on her Instagram of the two women smiling over Facetime, calling the entire incident a “misunderstanding”. Order has been restored to the dollhouse.
Trina vs Khia
Back in the late 90’s, early 2000’s, there were not many southern female rappers dominating the south unless you count Missy Elliott (who is originally from Virginia, though many don’t acknowledge that as the south). However, the two most popular names at the time Khia and Trina, never quite saw eye to eye. According to Khia, the drama began after she wrote Trina’s now legendary hit single, “Da Baddest Bitch”, for which she received absolutely no credit for. Khia also has claimed that Trina was salty when Trick Daddy put her on his popular single “Jump On The Dick”. Trina has denied that Khia has written anything for her. However, the beef peaked when Trina dropped a diss song aimed at Khia over the Biggie “What’s Beef” beat, where the Miami rapper name dropped her nemesis “You see the problem is I used to like Khia til you started
Jumpin’ on the dick with Trick and doin’ all of my leftover shit.” Khia responded by recording “Hit Her Up”, which covered the famous Tupac diss. Many have speculated that the real reason for their beef is jealously over the fact that Trina went on to gain success, while Khia pretty much plateaued after her one hit “My Neck, My Back”. Khia has used much of her platform to bash Trina. With the Miami Misses being on Love & Hip Hop now, as well as dropping her long awaited “The One” album, it seems that our favorite bad bitch is far too busy to give Khia much attention.
Remy Ma vs Nicki Minaj
This beef began in 2007, when Nicki Minaj released her “Dirty Money Freestyle” where she spat “Tell that bitch with the crown to run it like Chris Brown” over a beat from Terror Squad’s “Yeah Yeah Yeah.” Remy Ma and her camp instantly felt that the lyrics were aimed at her. Not much came from the song and tensions appeared to have diffused when Remy Ma was incarcerated in 2008, with Nicki even shouting her out on multiple occasions. Remy appeared to welcome the support from her fellow raptress, congratulating her winning the Best Female Hip-Hop Artist Award at the 2016 BET Awards. Many believed that the two would go on to the best of friends. That was soon put to bed when Remy Ma dropped freestyles over two of Nicki Minaj’s songs, “Monster” and “Truffle Butter”. Nicki responded on her “Make Love” verse, taking aim at Remy’s struggling sales since her release. And inserts “Shether”, the lyrical venom that has been deemed one of the greatest diss tracks to ever be recorded by a female artist. Remy Ma viciously rapped about Nicki Minaj’s plastic surgery “And I saw Meek at All-Star, he told me your ass dropped. He couldn’t fuck you for three months because your ass dropped. Now I don’t think y’all understand how bad her ass got. The implants that she had put in her ass popped.” Furhter on in the song, Remy made further detrimental claims, “But what happened to Omeeka? Nah, on some G shit. Left him and took a pic with the dude he had beef with? And we all know it was a beef that you started.” Remy was referring to the beef with Drake and Meek Mill. Allegedly, Nicki played a major part in the falling out between the two once close MC’s. Yikes. Remy went on to drop a second track titled “Another One” which didn’t gain nearly as much momentum. Remy went on to receive the 2017 BET Awards for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, ending Nicki Minaj’s seven year winning streak of the reward. Many have argued that this feud shifted Nicki Minaj’s career from scorching hot to luke warm, noting that Nicki has not had nearly as much chart success these days as she had towards the start of her career. Nevertheless, Nicki Minaj is still heavily noted as the Queen of Rap, a title that she does not appear to be giving up any time soon.
Girl fights in the industry are certainly not a new practice, dating back to Salt N Pepa vs Roxanne Shante to Queen Latifah vs Roxanne Shante and Foxy Brown. However, with the emergence of the internet and social media, beefs are much more exaggerated in this era. In the world of the male dominated rap industry, it would be beautiful if all the ladies could just get along. However, that wouldn’t be very hip-hop now would it? Best of luck to all the ladies, new and old.