Nicki Minaj joined Zane Lowe on Beats 1 on Apple Music to talk about the world premiere of her two new singles “Barbie Tingz” and “Chung-Li”, her relationship with Drake and the truth behind THAT Cardi B drama.
“Drake is always mad at me,” Nicki says of her relationship with 6ix God. “He always finds a reason to not be my friend anymore. We’re like an old married couple!”
Going on, Minaj shares that even though the two have had a couple of fall outs, they always “make it back.” Specifically, Nicki shared why Drake’s beef with her former fiance Meek Mill was one of the “hardest times in her life.”
“At the time, I did love both of them and I couldn’t erase the love that I had for my team. But I also couldn’t speak out. I couldn’t really say much and I felt so imprisoned in that moment,” she reveals, adding, “When we later spoke about it, Drake said, ‘I wasn’t worried about anything in the entire situation other than, what if Nicki takes a shot? Then what? What if Nicki spits bars at me, then what?'” Listen below.
Nicki also clarified that the beef has passed, telling Lowe “One thing I do know is that both Meek and Drake have moved on from that — from all of the anger and stuff, we’ve all moved on.”
The two singles are the first tracks to debut from Minaj’s upcoming fourth album, and some sources are saying that the 35-year-old rapper purposely waited a few days after Cardi B’s album dropped to release new music. During her interview with Lowe, Nicki addressed the constant comparisons with Cardi B, suggesting that it was only recently that her would-be-nemesis paid her the respect she feels is due.
“Up until this recent interview she did, I had never seen her (Cardi B) show me genuine love,” Nicki said.
Nicki denied rumours that Cardi’s verse was added to Migos’ “Motorsport” from Culture II without her consent, telling Lowe that the lack of support from her collaborators hurt. Listen below.
Cardi released her debut LP “Invasion of Privacy” on Friday, April 6, with a source telling US Weekly the 25-year-old is “focused on her own music and respects all the female rappers that came before her.”
The rapper recently shut down speculation that there is a feud with Minaj, telling Beats 1, “I just really feel like it’s Internet made-up. I really feel like fans and people really want to see that happen because it’s really entertaining,” adding, “I remember when Nicki and Remy [Ma] was beefing and everybody was tuning in like, ‘Ooh, what’s next?’” You can watch the whole interview below.