Megan Thee Stallion released a venomous track on Friday (Jan. 26) taking shots at several of her detractors, including her ex-boyfriend Pardison Fontaine and Drake. The Houston native also took shots at Nicki Minaj who she fell out with a while back.
The two rappers, who once collaborated on the viral hit “Hot Girl Summer” in 2019, are now trading insults and accusations in their songs and on social media. But how did their relationship turn so sour? Here is a breakdown of the Nicki Minaj vs Megan Thee Stallion beef, from its origins to its latest developments.
The Origin of the Beef: Cardi B and the Abortion Allegation
One of the possible reasons why Nicki Minaj and Megan Thee Stallion fell out is their connection to Cardi B, who has a longstanding rivalry with Nicki Minaj. The two have been at odds since 2018 when they got into a physical altercation at a New York Fashion Week party. Since then, they have exchanged several diss tracks and subliminal messages, and have not reconciled publicly.
Megan Thee Stallion, who has often expressed her admiration for Nicki Minaj, collaborated with her on “Hot Girl Summer” in 2019, which was a huge success. However, in 2020, Megan also teamed up with Cardi B on the smash hit “WAP,” which broke streaming records and topped the charts. This may have upset Nicki Minaj, who felt betrayed by Megan for working with her enemy.
The tension between Nicki Minaj and Megan Thee Stallion escalated in September 2022, when Nicki shared a shocking story on her Queen Radio show on AMP. She claimed that an unnamed female rapper, who many fans speculated was Megan Thee Stallion, tried to pressure her to drink alcohol and have an abortion when she confided in her that she might be pregnant and wanted to have a baby. Nicki Minaj also said that the same rapper ignored her pregnancy announcement and only tried to send her flowers after she saw that Beyoncé congratulated her.
“Imagine telling someone you didn’t want a drink… you know, because you were, at the time, possibly pregnant, because you were actively trying to have a baby,” she said. “Imagine that person saying, ‘Oh girl, you can go to the clinic!’”
“Imagine posting photos that you’re pregnant… and the person doesn’t even like it or say congratulations. But then, when you post that Beyoncé sent you flowers congratulating you, the person then tries to attempt to send you flowers thinking that, ‘Oh, I could use this opportunity as I use everyone else. She’ll post that I sent her flowers.’ I didn’t even let them shits in my muthafucking house.”
Megan denied the allegations and called them a “LIE” on Twitter.
Following their behind-the-scenes fallout, both rappers began taking veiled jabs at each other. Nicki allegedly referenced Megan in her song “Seeing Green,” alluding to her as an alcoholic.
Simultaneously, Megan was boasting about the fact that she had three Grammy wins while Nicki Minaj had none. On the song “Thot Shit” she raps: “I remember hoes used to clap for me happily now I’m bossed up and them same hoes mad at me. I’m the shit per the Recording Academy.”
On the song “Kitty Kat” she also raps: “messy-ass btch, close the motherfuckin’ app out. Is anybody round this btch keepin’ score? Grammy nominated pssy, btch, I got four.”
Nicki responded on “Super Freaky Girl” remix and allegedly clowned Megan’s album sales, claiming that her old mixtapes did more numbers than “Traumazine” and “Something For The Hotties” which sold 63,000 and 32,000 respectively in their first weeks.
“Don’t nobody wanna hear that weak shit ho
In the game, fifteen, ain’t peak yet ho
Tell that goofy get a chair, she was cocky, I could swear it Jill my old tape sold more than your album, drop a tear,” raps Nicki.
Nicki also took shots at Megan on “Red Ruby Da Sleeze” saying “Seven-hundred on them horses when we fixin’ to leave. But I don’t fuck with horses since Christopher Reeves,” alluding to Megan Thee Stallion’s stage name.
She also referenced the controversial incident where Megan Thee Stallion was shot in the foot by Tory Lanez in July 2020, suggesting that Tory had her tap dancing. “Ya fuckin’ bozo/That .40 cal a make ’em dance like a go-go”.
It didn’t stop there. On her Pink Friday 2 cut “FTCU,” Nicki threw more jabs at Megan and her unfortunate ordeal in the hands of Tory Lanez. “Stay in your Tory lane, b***h, I’m not Iggy.”
In an interview with Joe Budden, Nicki explained that the line was a clever play on how she’s unlike any other rapper in the game and not explicitly a shade at anybody. However, Megan didn’t see it that way and decided to sub Nicki on the song “Hiss.”
She raps: “These hoes don’t be mad at Megan, these hoes mad at Megan’s Law”. Megan’s Law is a US law that requires information about registered sex offenders to be made available to the public. The line is apparently directed at Nicki Minaj’s husband, Kenneth Petty, who is a registered sex offender. He has served four years in prison for attempted rape and is currently facing charges for failing to register as a sex offender in California.
Nicki Minaj did not take the diss lightly and quickly hopped on Instagram Live to “have a little fun.” She critiqued Megan’s flow and teased a new song where she mocks the Houston rapper’s shooting incident in 2020.
“Bad B****h she like 6 Foot, I call her big foot… get up on yo good foot,” Nicki rapped on the alleged diss.
Social Media Antics:
The battle extended to social media, where Nicki continued her verbal onslaught. She shared a list of her own achievements, including platinum and gold certifications and streaming records, and contrasted them with Megan Thee Stallion’s failures.
“If your last 5-10 releases flopped…If The internet checks don’t clear outside in real life. If all the paid blogs & paid tweets = flop after flop after FLOP album,” she posted.
“Did y’all run up that ‘Barbie World’ song they tried?” she added. “It’s bubbling under this week. Video & all and didn’t crack the HOT 100. It’s a BUB. They losing so much money with BF…ain’t generate not one penny of a profit yet & claim she went to college but can’t read her contract …? Another manipulation so she can kick ppl to the curb after they helped her.”
“Did y’all run up her color purple song?” Nicki continued. “Nope. Huge vmas performance [big video] = flop. Every album she’s ever released= flopped. Paid media all the time. Fraudulent awards = flopped. Horrible ACTOR that can’t cry on cue don’t try to act bookie it’s a chop. Pathological & manipulative liar.Using ghost writers & still SUCK.”
The feud took a personal turn as Nicki accused Megan of lying about her multiple sexual partners and questioned her integrity. The accusations became increasingly intense when Nicki brought Megan’s late mother into her diatribe.
“You let everyone be thrown under the bus. You let DaBaby be thrown under the bus, Tory, your best friend, your mom,” Nicki said on Stationhead. “You better go conjure up your mother and apologize. That’s disgusting.”
Although the internet found her remarks about Megan’s late mother distasteful, Nicki returned to Twitter to remind them of the time Megan urged her to have an abortion at the time of her pregnancy.
“Y’all wanna bring up family members???!! And lying on your dead mother?!?!! Lied to Gayle. Lied on & FUCKED your best friend man?!!!!!,” Nicki wrote. “Told me to drink & go to the clinic if I was pregnant. All [because]I wouldn’t let your funky butt pour liquor down my throat? B!ch think she a bully cuz she get a Roc Nation brunch every year. Be mad @ PARDI!!!!!!!!!! He told all your tea but u taking shots at my family?”
She further alleged that Megan and her team were preventing the release of her song “Big which has been interpreted as a Megan Thee Stallion diss record.
“Apparently We waiting on Lil Juju to clear that beat that I’ve had for 6 years chi,” she wrote on X. “Juicy J said that’s who “mainly” produced so now that’s who we gotta go through. Hmmmm Thinks, You be the judge of what’s happening.
They were soooooo excited for me to use the beat [before]. Got the receipts to prove that too. Wonder what happened? Get up on your good foot when that hard???!!! Off a IG LIVE????? Nah son. So… they have the same [management]. What a surprise????
Their final answer is “only if she has 7 figures” [laughing emoji]. God told me he’d expose from the BOTTOM to the TOP. I love it. Had I told y’all, most sheep wouldn’t have believed me. Now everything is getting said immediately.”
She then directed her vitriol directly at Megan Thee Stallion, accusing Megan of being scared to face her.
“You scary ass pu**y ass broke ass heaux. Scared of me putting a song out but tryna spar with the mthfkng QUEEN. lied on yo DEAD @theestallion”
She continued, mentioning Megan’s past and questioning her musical success.
“The b*tch ain’t get streamed in 84 years. Her team don’t want me to drop b/c they know those numbers gon embarrass her lying lypo ass. and SHE know I got proof of what SHE DID! And after how she allowed HER BEST GIRL FRIEND TO BE BULLIED, ATTACKED & RIPPED TO SHREDS WHILE KELSEY WAS PREGNANT W/HER FIRST CHILD??? After she had FUCKED HER BEST FRIEND MAN?!???!! IT WASNT ENOUGH?!? But this is y’all girl’s girl right? Any MOTHER taking this woman’s side may GOD STRIKE YOU DOWN.
Don’t want me to drop b/c she gotta have a ghostwriting session for another week to get back to me! I had the song/beat for 6 years. Not like a hit JUJUEATDICK for SHIT!”
Nicki Minaj Releases “Big Foot”
The rap feud reached a crescendo when Nicki Minaj officially entered the fray with the release of “Big Foot” on Sunday (Jan. 28). On the track, which she insists is not a diss song, Nicki addresses everything she had previously discussed on social media regarding Megan, including accusations of dishonesty regarding her deceased mother.
The song ends with a spoken word warning, where Minaj hints that she has more dirt on Megan and threatens to expose her further. She says: “But I’m very serious. Hoe, the things that you’ve lied about, even pertaining to your mom — you don’t want them out, OK? Stay tuned for the second installment.”
Although it was seemingly even after the release of “Big Foot,” Nicki Minaj persisted and maintained pressure on Megan Thee Stallion, despite the latter’s lack of response.
Nicki participated in a Twitter Spaces session organized by Joe Budden to address her feud with Megan Thee Stallion, asserting that the conflict extends beyond just herself and Megan, but involves various entities, or “machines.”
“Between the YouTube bots and the Twitter ads and the paid for TikToks and the paid for tweets to the point where people got they little $250 for the tweet to say something bad about Nicki Minaj and the next day was like, ‘Bitch yeah, I’m listening to ‘Big Foot.’ Why would Roc Nation want to prove everything I’ve been saying true?” she said. “This is a dialogue between me, the machine and a bunch of different machines having to come together constantly using different people. When one fails, let’s go somewhere else and try. It never works but that’s the point that I wanted the world to see and that it’s going to be sympathy again and it’s going to be nonsense again.”
The beef between the two rappers shows no signs of cooling down, as they continue to throw shade at each other and opinions are divided.