Nicki Minaj Opens Up About Cardi B Drama, Meek Mill in Zane Lowe Interview
“I can only imagine how many girls wished they could’ve been on a song with Nicki Minaj”
Nicki Minaj gave a live interview today on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show, in conjunction with the release of her new singles “Chun-Li” and “Barbie Tingz.” During their conversation, she opened up about Meek Mill’s legal case, Cardi B, Drake, and more.
After premiering the songs, Zane Lowe asked Nicki about a leaked snippet with lyrics that appear to be aimed at Cardi. Nicki said that it’s not about Cardi and that she wrote the song a year-and-a-half ago.
Nicki continued, however, by criticizing Cardi’s lack of reverence in interviews about “MotorSport.” She said, “I remember when I first came in the game… I would only be singing their praises and saying thank you.” Nicki continued, “The first interview she did, it just hurt me because she looked so aggravated and angry. She just kept saying she didn’t hear it…. I was like, What?”
Nicki then recounted the making of “MotorSport,” which she previously outlined on Twitter. She recalled Quavo texting her, “Is it OK to put Cardi on it?” She told Lowe that she replied, “Yeah, let’s do it.”
After Migos shared a behind-the-scenes preview of the “MotorSport” video, fans wondered why Nicki was not in the clip. Nicki told Lowe that she had a scheduling conflict, and that it hurt her that nobody attempted to “clear the air.” “And you still did interviews just to paint Nicki as the bad person. And play the victim. And that really, really hurt me because I really fully supported her [Cardi B]. And up until this recent interview she did [with Ebro Darden for Beats 1], I had never seen her show me genuine love in an interview. And I can only imagine how many girls wished they could’ve been on a song with Nicki Minaj.”
Earlier in the interview, Nicki addressed Meek’s legal situation, prefacing, “I don’t wanna talk about legal things.” She divulged, “What I will say now is that.. I will say that the judge in question did everything I asked of her. So, I can’t badmouth her because I met her personally, and I know what she said to us. And he knows that, and I know that. But I wouldn’t wish jail on anybody.” Nicki added, “What made me shed tears the other day was seeing his mother cry…. She, during the relationship, was always so sweet to me.”
Nicki also discussed Meek and Drake’s infamous beef from 2015-16. She called it “one of the hardest parts of [her] career,” adding, “At the time, I did love both of them…. I felt so imprisoned in that moment.” Nicki also recalls Drake telling her, “I wasn’t worried about anything in that entire situation other than what if Nicki takes a shot at me. Then what? What if Nicki spits a bar at me?”
In addition, Nicki said that she tried to discourage Meek from participating in the beef. “It was difficult to stay out of it. I was behind the scenes, wishing it wouldn’t happen,” she said. “I said, ‘Don’t do that.’ I think, as artists, we all look back on things that we shouldn’t have done. And that was one of those things he shouldn’t have done. But he did it, and it is what it is. What I do know is that Meek and Drake have moved on from that.”
Elsewhere in the discussion with Zane Lowe, Nicki Minaj declared, “This is the best album in my life that I’ve ever created.” She also said that she began working on the record in December 2017. Some tracks, however, she said were written a year or a year-and-a-half ago.
December 14, 2018
December 14, 2018
December 14, 2018