The music industry is no stranger to drama, and the rap scene is no exception. Recently, Nicki Minaj has found herself in the midst of a few conflicts with some of the rising stars in hip-hop. While fans are used to seeing Nicki take on the competition, her latest move has raised eyebrows, leaving fans to speculate if she’s out for revenge.
Nicki Minaj is not one to make frequent appearances, but when she does, it’s always worth noting. In recent months, the Pink Friday rapper has been in a war of words with some of the rising stars in the industry, many of whom she has influenced. Her issues with Latto were thrust into the spotlight when the Grammy nominations were announced. Nicki’s chart-topping single, “Super Freaky Girl,” was moved out of the rap categories, leading to a negative comment from her towards Latto about the success of her hit record, “Big Energy.”
In addition to her problems with Latto, fans suspect that there is tension between Nicki and Megan Thee Stallion. Although Nicki initially welcomed Meg to the scene, collaborating on “Hot Girl Summer,” it appears that things took a turn with the release of “WAP.” Meg’s decision to collaborate with Nicki’s nemesis appears to have severed their relationship, and it seems that Nicki Minaj is out for blood these days.
There are many things to unpack in Nicki’s “Red Ruby Da Sleeze,” particularly the numerous subliminal jabs she takes at other female rappers who are thriving. She appears to reference Latto as a Karen once again when she raps, “We don’t be Karen like Donna-na, na-na-na-na.” Nicki previously referred to Latto as “Karen” during a Twitter exchange.
However, it’s the subtle barbs at Megan Thee Stallion that are most notable throughout the track. In the first verse, Nicki raps, “700 on them horses when we fixin’ to leave/ But I don’t fuck with horses since Christopher Reeve.” There is also a reference to Doritos, a brand that partnered with Megan Thee Stallion: “Dorito bitches mad that they not chose.”
Finally, Nicki appears to reference the allegations that Tory Lanez told Megan to “dance, bitch” the night she was shot: “That .40 cal a make ’em dance like a go-go.” Overall, fans are convinced that Nicki is taking shots at some of her hip-hop adversaries. Listen to the song above and check out a few of the reactions below.
Do you think Nicki Minaj’s latest track is a direct shot at her adversaries in hip-hop? Or is she simply asserting her dominance in the rap game? We want to hear your thoughts! Leave a comment below and let us know what you think about the ongoing drama in the music industry.