(Written By Hondo Kanhema)
You may be wondering, how did this beef even start? When? Why?
You may be surprised that the beef between the two New York rappers is a decade old, starting in 2007. On Nicki’s debut mixtape “Playtime Is Over”, she rapped, “Tell that b*tch with the crown to run it like Chris Brown”, and although Nicki never said who this shot was aimed at, most assume it was Remy Ma, mostly because at the time Remy had released a mixtape depicting herself as a Queen on the cover. Remy felt it was personal, and in response, confronted her at a party later that year.
A year later in 2008, Remy Ma was arrested for attempted murder after shooting a friend in the torso outside a nightclub. She was then charged again while in custody with gang assault and witness tampering, after sending goons to beat up a witness’s boyfriend. The additional charges didn’t help the rapper in convincing the court she was not guilty, and in the end, she was sentenced to 8 years in prison.
As Remy waited out her sentence in Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, Nicki enjoyed as her career began blowing up, with her music making her an almost household name, winning numerous awards and having her albums “Pink Friday” go 3x platinum and “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” go 2x Platinum.
As time went on, it seemed like the beef had cooled down, with Remy stating in a 2011 interview from prison that she “supports Nicki Minaj and her success” but added that she (Remy) would become “a problem” to Nicki as soon as she was out. Even she was in Jail, Remy still managed to get married to her fiancée Papoose INSIDE the courtroom, and was hard at work preparing new material after her release.
On August 1st, 2014 Remy Ma was released from Jail after serving 6 out of the 8 years she was sentenced to. Remy was quick to resume her career where she left off, and wanted to extend an olive branch to her peer, and leave the beef behind. The two then began showing solidarity for one another, with Ma congratulating Nicki for winning BET female rapper 2016, and Nicki sparking rumors of a collab.
Congrats to @NICKIMINAJ for your BET female rapper of the year 2016 award😘
— Remy Ma (@RealRemyMa) June 27, 2016
Omg. Thank u Remy. That means so much. Congrats to u as well, for an exciting year. 💟💟💟 https://t.co/yTbTXqmBkT
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) June 28, 2016
(Things are looking good right? 2017 is where it gets heavy)
Afterwards, while featuring on DJ Mustard’s track, “Don’t Hurt Me”, Nicki gave a reminder that she wasn’t ready to step down from her position as queen of rap:
All these b*tches beggin’ me to pass the baton
All these b*tches tryna fit my crown and my wand
B*tches still my sons, get your sonogram on
Just a nick of time I did the cover of TIME
Gettin’ a million dollars just to stand there and rhyme
Even if you was Curry, b*tch, there’s still a LeBron
But let’s face it, I’m Curry, with rings like LeBron
It’s most probable Remy took this as an insult (I would), firing back on Money Showers” with Fat Joe:
B*tch claiming she the queen, what? Not hardly
Who the f*ck gave you your crown b*tch? Steve Harvey?
Honestly, it seemed like it was over, but now; round 2 is definitely on, and this time, they ain’t playin.
The two rappers continued to exchange minor disses on features, but after a few months of back and forth, on February 25 Remy decided to bring out the big guns. Listen for yourself:
Ether. The legendary track that Nas undoubtedly annihilated JAY-Z on with frightening ease, now had been used by Remy to absolutely disassemble Nicki (like a Barbie doll, get it?). Remy did not hold back whatsoever here, alleging about ghostwriting, Nicki’s botched plastic surgery, stealing bars, clowning her for dating Meek Mill, all sorts of insults against her and her family, and of course, numerous threats to kill her (Metaphorically?). I could go on for ages about Remy’s bars, almost every line in the six minute, fifty-second song is a scathing diss to Nicki. She gave Minaj 48 hours to respond.
After the release of ShETHER, the internet went wild, curious to see what Nicki would respond with and if the allegations brought by Remy were true.
Nicki did respond, although not with a diss track, but rather an Instagram post, mocking the poor sales of Remy Ma’s latest album with Fat Joe, “Plata O Plomo”. This wasn’t enough for people tuned in, a response song was demanded from fans, Nicki had to defend herself, right?
Before Nicki could respond, the bloodthirsty Ma released ANOTHER diss track; cleverly named “Anotha One” (I can almost feel the Déjà vu from the Drake/ Meek Mill beef). At this point, it was obvious Nicki was trying to ignore Remy at this point, she had been lyrically assassinated twice and had yet to respond.
Remy seemed satisfied with her destruction of Nicki, saying in an interview: “The dust has settled, some people don’t get that the dust has settled. But I can understand. It’s kinda hard to see the dust settling when you are in a grave under the dirt.” Ouch.
Nicki didn’t put out a full diss track but took some shots at Ma while guest featuring on a 2 Chainz track “Realize”, accusing Remy’s husband Papoose of ghostwriting shETHER:
I’ve been winning 8 years consistently, at least respect it
Papoose wrote a Ether record
But I broke Aretha record
See this is chess, not checkers
You can not check the checkers
Did Nas clear that “Ether” record?
Nah, but I broke Aretha record
Remy was quick with the response at 2017 Summer Jam, performing shETHER live, while embarrassing pictures of Minaj were displayed behind her.
— HOT 97 (@HOT97) June 12, 2017
If Nicki wasn’t taking Remy seriously before, she sure is now. Remy took home the 2017 BET Award for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, breaking Nicki’s SEVEN-year streak. To add insult to injury, she used the opportunity to further throw subliminal shade, rapping: “I just wanna say, ‘Y’all b*tches got fat while we starved/Shots in your ass, pads in your bras/Y’all some liars it ain’t no facts in your songs/And yeah that crown is coming back to the Bronx,”
With the beef still ongoing, and plenty more fuel to add to the fire, it doesn’t look like this decade long beef is cooling down anytime soon, as the two New Yorkers fight tooth and nail for the title of ‘Queen of Rap’.