Talk about breaking the internet! Nicki Minaj dropped her first album in four years on Aug. 10, and it’s been blowing fans’ minds ever since, and it’s not just because of all the #QueenRadio fanfare. Nicki dissed tons of other celebrities and artists on the album, and fans are either loving or hating it, but either way the reaction is visceral. Scroll down to see everyone she shaded, including Cardi B, Meek Mill, and even her old pal Drake!
But first we need to get onw thing settled: while many of her lyrics in her song “Barbie Dreams” sound like disses, she insists they were all mean to be jokes, like Biggie Smalls’ iconic track “Just Playing (Dreams).” She took to Twitter to clear the air after its release.
“I only mentioned people in #BarbieDreams that I f-k wit,” she tweeted. “This isn’t a diss. Yikes. This is culture, this is BIGGIE!!!!! New York!!!! This is FUN. Light hearted fun FUN.” That means that she actually does like everyone mentioned on the track (so you can read between the lines about some very obvious people she DIDN’T diss.) However, there’s no telling if the celebs will think it’s as funny, and some fans certainly didn’t.
On her song “Hard White,” Nicki rapped: “Uh, I ain’t never played a hoe position. I ain’t ever have to strip to get the pole position. Hoes is dissin’? Okay, these hoes is wishin’. You’re in no position to come for O’s position.” Of course, Cardi is infamous for her stripper past, and “O” is Nicki, whose real name is Onika. Nicki promised in the past that any beef with Cardi had been cleared up, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Cardi also didn’t seem thrilled when she found out why she was trending on Twitter. “Why am i trending ???” she asked. Then she folowed up, “176K tweets, I’m being a topic of a conversation and I haven’t post it or did s–t today and I’m getting talked about ????now go wash your mouth you got my d–k all in it!!!”
Meek was Nicki’s longtime boyfriend. She stayed with him during his house arrest, but he allegedly cheated on her. She said in her song “Barbie Dreams”: “Meek still be in my DMs, I be havin’ to duck him, I used to pray for times like this, Face ass when I f–k him.”
It’s interesting that Nicki said she’s cool with everyone on this song and yet her ex is in it. Fans definitely thought it was hilarious. “Meek Mill rushing to the studio to deny being in Nicki’s DMs,” said one fan, with a gif of someone falling down stairs.
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Drake is one of Nicki’s oldest friends, so when she “dissed” him on “Barbie Dreams,” we totally believed that she was just kidding. “Drake worth a hundred milli, always buying me s–t But I don’t know if the p—y wet or if he cryin & s–t,” she rapped. Drake crying and being emotional is an ongoing joke in the rap community because of the sentimental content of his lyrics, so this is just a silly jab.
Young Thug loves his gender-bending fashion, which in our opinion makes him an icon. Nicki teased him about it in “Barbie Dreams,” singing, “Used to f–k with Young Thug, I ain’t addressing this s–t. I caught him in my dressing rooms stealing dresses and s–t.”
This is one of the lyrics fans were VERY angry about. “Nicki dissed Thug? This aint it chief. She aint gettin a listen from me,” said one pissed- off Thugger fan. “Hol up… NICKI DISSED YOUNG THUG?!?!? ON HER NEW ALBUM?!? yea she cancelled…” agreed another. Plus, many thought it was straight-up homophobic. Apparently they aren’t buying that it’s all in good fun.
Tekashi 6ix 9ine
Nicki just teamed up with Soundcloud rapper Tekashi for his song “Fifi,” so they obviously don’t have any beef. Still, “Barbie Dreams” said, “6ix9ine said he wanna menage. I said tre-way. Curved him and went the Kim and Kanye way.”
Nicki brought up Kae’s past relationship with Quavo, saying, “Somebody go and make sure Karrueche okay though. I heard she think I’m tryna give the coochie to Quavo,” on “Barbie Dreams.” However, fans think she was a little late with that one. “Wait Nicki, Karrueche ain’t even with Quavo LMAOO,” said a fan.
Nicki collabed with DJ Khaled twice on songs “I Wanna Be With You” in 2013 and “Do You Mind” in 2016, but that didn’t spare him from a diss in “Barbie Dreams.” “Had to cancel DJ Khaled, boy, we ain’t speaking. Ain’t no fat n—a telling me what he ain’t eating.” This line was a dig at Khaled saying he expects oral sex from his wife but doesn’t reciprocate, and TBH that’s amazing.
“I remember when I used to have a crush on Special Ed. Shoutout Desiigner, ‘cause he made it out of special ed,” she said on “Barbie Dreams.” This is another controversial line for it’s non-PC nature. Many fans thought she was mocking people with mental handicaps.
Odell Beckham Jr.
“And I would’ve had Odell Beckham banging the cake. ‘Til I saw him hoppin’ out of cars dancing to Drake,” she said on “Barbie Dreams.” TBH this one isn’t that bad, she’s just making fun of him doing the #InMyFeelingsChallenge.
Scottie Pippin and Future
This one’s a real stinger! On “Barbie Dreams,” Nicki said, “I’ma do that n—a Future dirty, word to Scottie,” which is a dig at both of them because many believed that Scottie’s then-estranged wife Larsa Pippin had been hooking up with Future.
“I tried to f–k 50 for a powerful hour but all that n—a wanted to do was talk power for hours,” she said on “Barbie Dreams.” This is a comment on how much 50 Cent posts rants on social media. Luckily he seemed to enjoy the lyric, posting it on his Insta with the caption, “South Side stand up the b—h @nickiminaj is really a problem. Out here killing s–t ?get the strap #lecheminduroi.”
But fans are more surprised by who Nicki didn’t diss!
Despite Remy Ma dropping an entire diss track about her, Nicki didn’t mention Remy once on the album. Fans found that very interesting. “Nicki dissed everybody but Remy Ma ?,” said one, while another agreed, “Nicki got all these bars toward everyone not named Remy Ma… she still knows what happened.”
Honorable mention: Selena Gomez
Okay, so Nicki herself didn’t take a dig at Selena, but Selly’s ex The Weeknd definitely seemd to throw some shade on “Though I knew You.” “Tell me why you let me come inside for real. Nevermind, you were never mine for real… Honestly, I think this s–t excites you. All that drama that you’re tied to. You play the victim every time too. That s–t came back and hit you times two.” Sounds a lot like Sel ditching The Weeknd and immediately getting back with Justin Bieber… and then Justin immediately getting engaged to Hailey Baldwin after they split. Doesn’t it?