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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Michael Jordan Wrote a Tribute Letter to Derek Jeter

The day before the New York Yankees celebrate “Derek Jeter Day” and retire the No. 2 jersey worn by the man known by many as “The Captain,” Michael Jordan penned a brief letter on The Players’ Tribune titled “Legacy.”

Jordan started off his message by putting his spin on some traditional sports platitudes. “A legacy is built by more than what is seen,” he wrote. “It is not given, it is earned.” This line was a pretty tame approach, especially coming from the guy that brought you the infamous phrase, “The ceiling is the roof.” MJ also acknowledged the defining factor that separated Jeter from the pack. “Beyond your 20 years in the Majors and an endless list of accolades, it was your love and respect for the game that set you apart,” Jordan wrote.

In his own letter to New York, Jeter said that the “keep your nose to the grindstone” philosophy was prevalent throughout his Yankees career. “And throughout 20 years in pinstripes, I learned that despite the pace and the pressure, one code truly makes this city go: Get up each day, put on your uniform, go to work, do your best, and don’t make excuses,” he wrote.

Much like himself, Jordan saw that Jeets' “pursuit of greatness” extended beyond the diamond and impacted everyone around him. “Your pursuit of greatness on and off the field has set the standard for others to follow,” Jordan wrote. 

With Jeter set to take his place among the likes of Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, and Lou Gehrig at Monument Park in Yankee Stadium, Jordan believes his friend has cemented his legacy because greatness recognizes greatness. Go here to read his entire letter.

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