Nicki Minaj on How She ‘Fought [Kanye] Every Step of the Way’ to Keep Her “Monster” Verse on ‘MBDTF’

It’s hard to imagine My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy without the incendiary hit single “Monster.” But according to Nicki Minaj, that was almost the case.

In celebration of the record’s seventh anniversary, The Pinkprint rapper reflected on her iconic verse and what it meant to collaborate with some of the biggest names in hip-hop. Nicki also mentioned the time she had to convince Kanye West to keep “Monster” on MBDTF, after he expressed his hesitation.

“Kanye called me to tell me Jay put a verse on this song & that he was still deciding if he would put it on his album,” she wrote on Instagram. “Haha. It was like an hour long call where I tried to convince him to let the song stay on his album. He felt this verse would end up being the talk of the album. I said: YOU’RE KANYE WEST!!!!”

She also admitted there was a minor disagreement when it came to her signature growl. Kanye wanted more, while Nicki feared it would be “overkill.”

You can read Nicki’s full note, which includes shout outs to Amber Rose and Blac Chyna, below.

“Monster” debuted Sept. 21, 2010, on Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Friday music program; however, it didn’t get an official release until Oct. 23, about a month before MBDTF dropped. The song went on to receive a platinum certification as well as plenty of critical praise, with many people applauding Nicki as the track's standout. Pretty impressive considering she was featured alongside Jay Z, Rick Ross, and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.

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Ray J Says He Hasn’t Received a Check From Depiction in Kanye’s “Famous” Visual

Fuckery pays. Just ask Ray J. During his appearance on Everyday Struggle Thursday, Ray J—just moments after admitting one can reasonably get “a bunch of checks for the fuckery”—was asked to share his thoughts on being depicted in Kanye West's controversial “Famous” visual.

For Ray, the visual stands as art and shouldn't be extended into some ridiculous beef. “It's all art,” Ray J said at around the 35:50 mark in the video up top. “It's all a part of whatever society has allowed us to do and be. You have to accept that and you have to go, damn, was it creative? Yeah. Was it over the top? Yeah. Did I get a check from it? No.”


Asked if he had plans on responding further to the VMA-nominated visual, Ray J suggested any potential animosity had been buried. “It's all good, man,” Ray J said. “We all did shit. It's all love. At the end of the day, we're all getting money. [Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are] married, they got kids. I'm married, I want to have kids. I think all of the crazy savagery shit that was done, now that whole book is closed and it's put to rest and now we are all doing new things. And the more money that we make and the more kids that we can have, you know? Let's all just smile and get to the money. It feels good.”

Last year, Ray J grabbed Chris Brown for an apparent response in the form of his own track called “Famous.”

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Amber Rose Says Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian’s Relationship Was ‘Very Real’

Amber Rose has never been a woman afraid to speak her mind, especially on topics of gender and sexuality. So you had to know a defense of her friend Blac Chyna was coming, after Rob Kardashian went way out of bounds to discredit his ex and mock her on the internet.

On a new episode of Everyday Struggle, Rose first sought to clear the air on Chyna's relationship with the Kardashian brother, after Chyna dealt with accusations she was just in it for the money. Citing some of her own struggles to be taken seriously in life and relationships, Rose said the love between the couple was very real.

“People look at Chyna and they just be like, 'She got Rob for everything, she's taking his money,' she's not that type of person,” said Rose. “I remember when her and Rob met, how they fell in love and how happy they were, they're just not happy anymore. That's life, it just happens.”

Pressed on the subject further, Rose argued part of the issue stems from how women are viewed in relationships and life generally, saying it was as simple as Chyna wanting to escape a bad situation.

“It comes back to people being uncomfortable with women making their own decisions in life,” said Rose. “She opted to leave. She did not want to be in that situation anymore, and that made people uncomfortable that she fuckin' left. It doesn't mean like, oh, let me get my baby, let me get my check, let me leave, it's like no, we had something great and now we don't. And guess what? I'm out.”

And after firmly establishing Chyna's side of the story, Rose did not hold back on Kardashian. She firmly denounced his tactics and the general immaturity he showed during the spat, and said he really needs to get his act together.

“That's some fuckboy ass shit, you don't do that,” said Rose. “Yes, there are horrible women out there, just like there's horrible men. But at the end of the day, I know what they really had. If you're not happy in a relationship, you're going to be out. Rob should have been a mature adult and had a conversation with Chyna … He didn't have to go on the internet and be petty. Now he's dealing with revenge porn and stuff like that. You just can't do shit like that, it's time to grow up and handle your business properly.”

Kardashian has since admitted he regrets his decision to put Chyna on blast in the manner that he did, but that doesn't erase the public shaming he put Chyna through in the process. You can watch Rose's thoughts for yourself in the clip up top, and check out the full episode of Everyday Struggle below.

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