Nicki Minaj was in a reflective mood when she shared a lengthy social media post looking back at her career and her many accomplishments, and wound up name-checking Taylor Swift when she clapped back at a comment accusing her of ranting.
Taking to Instagram, Minaj celebrated the 12th anniversary of her first mixtape, Playtime is Over.
“Twelve years ago I dropped my 1st mixtape. Wrote every single word on every single song. I was so proud of that. Eventually the barbz were all wearing pink hair, Chinese bangs, & Barbie chains. Colorful wigs came all the way back in style. Everyone became Barbies & Dolls,” she wrote.
“I always shouted out my influences in my interviews. Now a days, it’s become cool to pretend u weren’t influenced by other artists,” she continued. S/O to the ones big enough to do it: Kash, Asian, Cuban, Saweetie, Meg, Malibu, YOUNG MA, Ms. Banks, Lady Leshurr, etc. No female rapper (other than Trina) did a song w/me or congratulated me on my billboard accomplishments.”
She added that these female artists “never felt they were obligated” to pay homage to her, “Just like Beyonce isn’t obligated to congratulate or collaborate with Normani, etc.”
Minaj concluded by thanking her loyal supporters. “To my fans; I love, cherish you, adore you, and thank you. God bless you,” she wrote, adding in a subsequent comment, “Lady Luck was before me so she inspired ME.”
While Minaj received much positive response, one commenter raised the rapper’s hackles by writing that she “has got to stop these rants.”
That earned a stern rebuke from Minaj, who fired back. “Eat a d**k. Blocked for being fkng dumb & wanting black women to keep being afraid of speaking their truth,” she wrote.
“Taylor Swift can speak but I can’t?!” she concluded, referencing Swift’s recent tirade about Scooter Braun now owning her master recordings as part of his purchase of Big Machine Records from Scott Borchetta.
“This is my worst case scenario,” Swift wrote in her scorched-earth Tumblr post.
“This is what happens when you sign a deal at 15 to someone for whom the term ‘loyalty’ is clearly just a contractual concept,” added Swift. “And when that man says ‘Music has value’, he means its value is beholden to men who had no part in creating it.”