Contributed by Intern Writer: @bamtoofly
Staying at the top is so much harder than getting there. Hip-hop is similar to sports in that sense that every season people want that top spot. Every track, verse, hook and album all contribute stats to who sits at the top of that throne. Which brings us to our latest “beef” of Nicki Minaj vs Remy Ma.
Let me first bring you up to date on the recent timeline of these two. Remy Ma freestyled to “Truffle Butter” (Nicki Minaj song), in which Nicki felt a few lines were directed at her.
People keep saying ,”Rem you need to drop a record” / I’m like in a minute let me body bitches records / Yea, for the millions I will kill these pop hoes / Ain’t no one in these streets like me and potholes / Bout to put yall all out of business, shop closed
Hmm .. maybe? Remy denied it publicly saying it was only general lyrics. Nicki then responded with a few bars of her own on the Gucci Mane assisted song “Make Love”.
Oooohhh, oh you the qu-e-e-the queen of this here? / One platinum plaque, album flopped, bitch, where? (bitch, where?) / Hahaha, ahhhhh / I took two bars off just to laugh / You see, silly rabbit, to be the queen of rap / You gotta sell records, you gotta get plaques / S, plural like the S on my chest / Now sit your dumbass down / You got an F on your test
Following Nicki’s response, Remy Ma released the much discussed “Shether” track which attacked Nicki’s personal life including claims of Nicki having a ghost writer.
No, to be the Queen of Rap, you can’t have a ghostwriter / And that’s why this is my house; Flo Rida / Niggas done seen Drake pennin’, Wayne pennin’ / And since your first boyfriend left, bitch ain’t winnin’ / You a Internet troll, a Web browser, I’m sorry / You can’t get a on line without Safaree
Nicki has since posted her #1 hits and net worth on line but no track , which brings up the question should Nicki Minaj respond?
The whole nature of hip hop and rap is built directly from competition. Taking it back to the sports metaphor. The reason Micheal Jordan is considered the greatest of all time is not only because of his flawless stats, but also that MJ separated himself so far apart from the nearest competition. Any person playing in the NBA during MJ era that even got a sniff of feeling they were the best, Jordan would shut it down in grand style by winning another ring and crushing the competition.
Nicki Minaj right now is the MJ of female rap and has been for years. She is one of the biggest artists in the world period. If she needs a recent example look no further than her label mate Drake and ex-boyfriend Meek’s beef. Drake, similar to Minaj, is an international star that has crossed over to pop effortlessly. About a year ago after Meek attacked Drake’s writing credibility online, Drake dropped two fierce diss tracks. “Back to Back” being the dagger that was so effective, it received a Grammy nomination. The momentum that Drake got from dismantling Meek during that beef propelled him to having the number one most streaming album ever with “Views”. That’s what Nicki could potentially have if she answers with a diss of her own on the same level as “Back to Back”. Drake took it back to his core of rapping and punch lines just to remind people he still has it.
That’s the mindset Nicki needs to have right now. She has publicly called out Miley Cyrus , Iggy Azalea and Lil Kim (who hasn’t rapped since 1946, just kidding). But it looks bad if she doesn’t respond to an equally attitude personified alpha woman as herself mixed with that same NY grit, which would be Remy.
The awards and sales are a cop out to me and miss me with the “Shether” track which in my opinion, was more of a petty, gossip track. Whether all true or not the track did its job of getting Nicki’s and the world’s attention at the same time. You have to get personal when making diss tracks. That’s what made the Jay z/Nas beef the best ever — it was those personal attacks mixed in.
Now what I will give both ladies credit on is keeping it ALL ON WAX and being mature about it not making physical threats. So in conclusion, does Nicki need to respond to Remy Ma? The history of rap beefs points to yes.