Cardi B and Nicki Minaj have officially called a truce in their on-going feud, which dates back more than a year.
The New York-raised rappers agreed to ‘focus on positive things only’ after an ugly back and forth that captivated audiences on social media Monday night. It all began when Nicki, 35, brought up the fight between herself and Cardi B at the Harper’s Bazaar Icons event.
She alleged that Cardi B, 26, was punched several times by Rah Ali, a friend of Nicki’s, not accidentally hit by security in the scuffle.
Nicki Minaj and Cardi B have agreed to temporarily squash their beef following more than a year of going back and forth at one another
Cardi B fired back at Nicki Minaj after she mentioned her on Queen Radio, launching into a 10-video Instagram tirade
‘Rah really, really beat Cardi’s a** bad. Rah beat you so bad that I was mad at Rah. You went home and told people security hit you, and we let that ride for legal reasons,’ Nicki said during the episode.
‘Anybody that wanna pull up the surveillance footage, I will give you $100,000.’
She made a series of other claims about Cardi B, like that she told other artists not to work with Nicki. The Chun Li rapper also denied leaking Cardi B’s phone number to the public — a claim Cardi B’s sister, Hennessy Carolina, made.
Cardi B addressed all that and more on Instagram, pulling up emails, links, texts and more to prove her points. Nicki responded in tweets before making the call for positivity.
Confused? Don’t worry. We’ve broken down the entire Nicki Minaj-Cardi B feud for you below.
June 2017 — Cardi B appears on the Summer Jam stage with Remy Ma
At the height of Remy Ma’s feud with Nicki Minaj, Cardi B joined the rapper on stage during Summer Jam. They performed U.N.I.T.Y. with Young MA, Lil Kim, MC Lyte, Rah Digga and Lady of Rage.
Remy Ma then launched into a performance of her Nicki Minaj diss, ShETHER. She did so with a photo of Nicki hanging directly behind her on stage.
August 2017 — Nicki Minaj appears to take a jab at Cardi B on No Flags
About two months after the Summer Jam performance, Nicki appeared on London On Da Track’s No Flag with Offset and 21 Savage. On the song, she rapped about ‘labels tryna make another me’ and being accused of ‘stopping bags’.
Fans immediately speculated the lyrics were about Cardi B, but Nicki denied it online. She claimed she wrote her verse ‘months ago’.
September 2017 — Cardi B allegedly fires back on G-Eazy’s No Limit, then denies it
In September, Cardi appeared on G-Eazy’s hit single No Limit. On the song she rapped: ‘Can you stop with all the subs? B**** I ain’t Jared’, which fans were quick to link to Nicki.
Cardi was asked about the lyric and her apparent battle with Nicki during an appearance on The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1.
She brushed off speculation that the lyric was about her adversary, saying: ‘People don’t understand that I got beef with 10 b****es in the hood, and I still be in the hood.’
Cardi even denied there was a feud, claiming she and Nicki ‘conversated’.
Later that month, Nicki congratulated Cardi on breaking a record by being the second female rapper ever to have a No.1 hit song on the Billboard Hot 100 with Bodak Yellow.
In her message, Nick said: ‘Congratulations to a fellow NEW YAWKA on a RECORD BREAKING achievement. Bardi, this is the only thing that matters!!! Enjoy it.’
October 2017 — Nicki Minaj collaborates with Cardi B and Migos on MotorSport
Nicki and Cardi B’s feud reached its peak after the release of MotorSport, a Migos song on which they both appeared. When the song came out, fans noted that it appeared the duo were dropping sly shots aimed for the other on the song.
Cardi continued to deny the drama, telling Complex: ‘I feel like people just want that drama because it’s entertaining.’
Nicki denied as well, tweeting: ‘These are men in our culture who simply refuse to let it go.’ She later deleted the tweets.
Fans remained unconvinced, though.
Speculation intensified in November with the release of the MotorSport video. It was clear to viewers that Nicki filmed her parts of the video on different days than Cardi B and Migos.
Nicki attempted to shut down the rumors, revealing that her hairstylist hadn’t been available that day.
November 2017 — Cardi accidentally reveals Nicki Minaj’s original part on MotorSport was different
Cardi B was asked about the feud rumors involving Nicki Minaj during an interview with Capital Xtra in November. She attempted to provide an answer without revealing too much and incidentally revealed ‘when I heard the track her verse wasn’t finished, or it’s not the verse that is on now, and you know, Quavo told me to get on the song and I just feel like it’s a perfect opportunity for me to get on a song that’s big like them.’
Nicki responded on Twitter, saying: ‘The corniest thing you can be is ungrateful. Give thanks.’
April 2018 — Cardi B claims Nicki Minaj feud is ‘made up’
Hours before the release of her album, Invasion of Privacy, Cardi did an interview with Beats 1 in which she told Ebro Darden of the drama with Nicki: ‘I just feel like it’s really internet made-up.
‘I really feel like fans and people really want to see that happen because it’s really entertaining. To see people beef is entertaining.’
Not long after the interview, Nicki did one of her own with Zane Lowe on Beats 1, claiming she was never shown any ‘genuine’ love.
She said: ‘The only thing that Cardi did that really hurt my feelings was the first interview after Motorsport came out.
‘It just really hurt me because the only thing she kept saying was, “I didn’t hear that verse. She changed her verse”.’
She continued: ‘I kind of felt ambushed.’
Nicki claimed that Quavo failed to have her back about how the record came together.
Addressing her claims she didn’t film with Cardi and Migos due to a scheduling conflict with her hairdresser, Nicki said: ‘All of them allowed me to look like I lied and even with the scheduling conflict, she’s using my hairdresser now, so even he can attest to the fact that there was a scheduling conflict.
‘I really fully supported her and up until this recent interview I had never seen her show me genuine love in an interview.
‘I can just imagine how many girls could have been on a song with Nicki Minaj. I’m not saying it in a cocky way.’
The same day, Nicki’s original MotorSport verse leaked. It went: ‘I’m with a couple bad b****es that’ll rip the party. If Cardi the QB [quarterback], I’m Nick Lombardi.’
The revised version replaced Cardi’s name with Quavo’s.
Nicki said on Twitter that Cardi B’s label made her change the lyric.
‘How can you say someone changed their verse & forget to say Quavo TOLD me to remove my singing part (which I loved) & Atlantic told me to remove your name from my verse per your request? So how were those changes gonna happen if I didn’t “change” my verse?,’ she tweeted.
May 2018 — Nicki Minaj and Cardi B share a moment at the Met Gala
During the 2018 Met Gala, Nicki and Cardi B came together on the red carpet. The women shared a moment, which was photographed and made its rounds online.
Later that month, Cardi revealed to Howard Stern that they talked things out at the event.
‘I never was feuding with anybody. There was a misunderstanding. She felt a certain type of way about something and I definitely felt a certain type of way about something,’ she explained.
‘Didn’t want to ever talk about it in public because I felt like we were gonna see each other again and we will talk about it.’
Cardi B continued: ‘It’s always little issues but the thing is, fans are always gonna make it a big thing. I spoke to her about it. It’s just like, see? It was just something that it had to be talked about.’
August 2018 — Nicki Minaj reportedly dissed Cardi B on Ganja Burns
In August, Nicki Minaj released her album, Queen, which featured a song called Ganja Burn. On it, she seemingly alluded to Cardi B not writing her own lyrics.
Nicki rapped: ‘Unlike a lot of these hoes whether wack or lit. At least I can say I wrote every rap I spit.’
In the days that followed the album’s release, Nicki feuded with DJ Self, claiming he tried to get her to like him by speaking ill of Cardi B and now is chummy with the former reality star.
She responded to a fan asking about the drama saying: ‘He’s mad cuz I refused to give him a drop or a hug. He was just up there dissin the b**** thinking that would make me f*** with him.
Nicki went on to say he ‘Passed up on ya meal tkt [SIC] now u get crumbs from her table. Ur a reality TV hoe. Used to be a respected DJ.’
September 2018 — Nicki Minaj and Cardi B get in a physical altercation during New York Fashion Week
Nicki and Cardi B came face-to-face during the Harper’s Bazaar Icons party at New York Fashion Week. The pair got into a physical fight, which was captured on video by revellers.
Cardi was photographed leaving the scene with a lump on her head. It was said to have come from a security guard.
Video showed Cardi taking off a shoe and throwing it in Nicki’s direction. Another shows her shouting: ‘Play with me b****…keep f***ing playing with me, play with my f***ing kid b****…I’ll f*** your a** up.’
TMZ reported that the fight began after Cardi B approached Nicki to discuss ‘lies Nicki was spreading’.
Nicki’s friend Rah Ali was also involved in the fight.
After the incident, Cardi discussed it in an Instagram story, saying: ‘I’ve let a lot of s*** slide! I let you sneak diss me, I let you lie on me, I let you attempt to stop my bags, f*** up the way I eat.
‘You’ve threatened other artists in the industry, told them if they work with me you’ll stop f***in’ with them!! I let you talk big s*** about me!
‘I addressed you once in person, I addressed you a second time in person, and every time you copped the plea!! But when you mention my child, you choose to like comments about me as a mother, make comments about my ability to take care of my daughter is when all bets are f***in’ off!!’
Days later, Nicki spoke about the fight on Queen Radio.
She claimed she ‘would never talk about anyone’s child or anyone’s parenting’. Nicki also said: ‘And it’s so crazy to me that people always need to make Onika [her real name] the bad guy…I am not a clown.’
She continued: ‘You knew that when that footage came out you would look dumb.
‘I didn’t even feel the need to defend myself that night…she has built a career off of sympathy and payola.
‘The lord gave you a blessing with a bundle of joy and the only thing on your mind was to attack people and to stop their bags,’ Nicki said. ‘Who are you angry at sweetheart?’
October 2018 — Cardi B’s sister accuses Nicki Minaj of leaking the rapper’s phone number
Cardi B’s sister Hennessey Carolina went online and accused Nicki of leaking her sister’s phone number to the public. She said her sister received a barrage of hateful text messages as a result of the leak.
The following day, Nicki returned to Queen Radio to claim Rah Ali beat Cardi B up, deny the phone number leak and more.
She alleged that she had been offered and turned down Cardi B’s Fashion Nova deal.
Cardi fired back in a series of Instagram videos. She denied being badly beaten by Rah Ali, noting that there was ‘so much footages [sic]’, yet none supported Nicki’s claim.
She admitted to ordering Nicki to change her MotorSport verse, saying she didn’t like the way it alluded to Nicki being her ‘coach’.
Cardi claimed Nicki turned down an opportunity to appear on No Limit and got upset after the song became a hit. She also denied Nicki’s payola allegations, noting that Money was charting on iTunes before it was released on the radio.
She reiterated her sister’s phone number leak allegations, showing some of the nasty texts she received. Cardi noted that they began rolling in only one hour after she fought Nicki.
She pulled up an audio file during the rant, claiming she was approached to be on Little Mix’s song Woman Like Me before Nicki. The group later responded claiming they always wanted Nicki on it.
Cardi said she was sick of the back and forth and wanted to either ‘link up’ or fight it out once and for all.
The feud ended after Nicki tweeted: ‘Ok you guys, let’s focus on positive things only from here on out. We’re all so blessed. I know this stuff is entertaining & funny to a lot of people but I won’t be discussing this nonsense anymore. Thank you for the support & encouragement year after year. Love you.’
Cardi reposted it on Instagram, agreeing.
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