Just when we thought Nicki Minaj finally put her beef with Kylie Jenner‘s baby daddy and fellow rapper, Travis Scott, to rest… her new interview with Ellen DeGeneres dropped. Brace yourselves, y’all! Nicki did not come to play.
Despite all that has gone down since their beef began, it seems Nicki is still a bit bitter that her latest album, Queen, lost out to Travis’ new album, Astroworld, for the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. “I felt like I wanted to punch him in his f—ing face!” the 35-year-old revealed to Ellen.
“I’ve had a No. 2 album, and I never cared. It’s just when you have a No. 2 album to someone who’s selling shirts and merch and selling passes for a tour that’s not even announced yet, it feels like you’re being tricked. It feels like someone is playing a game and beating you at a game as opposed to just selling music. I wanna sell music,” Nicki continued before adding one final blow: “So I wanna say, [Travis] didn’t have the No. 1 album. Queen was the No. 1 album.”
Yikes! Is she ever going to let this go? You’d think Nicki would have dropped it after the whole Kylie fiasco at the VMAs. For those of you who don’t remember, Kylie reportedly requested to sit far, far away from Nicki at the VMAs and she also did an about-face after almost running into her on the red carpet. Things got so dramatic, that Nicki had no choice but to explain herself.
“I f–king love Kylie and so do my fans. Kim [Kardashian] was on my first episode of Queen Radio — f–king love her,” Nicki said on her show. “We’re not going to make something that it’s not. We’re not going to start any dumbass cat fights for your entertainment. This is strictly music, between musicians… she supported her man like she should. Me and my fans are not feeding into this.”
Not only did Kylie have a hand in this fight, but so did Nicki’s BFF and musical partner, Ariana Grande. The “God Is a Woman” singer threw some serious shade at Travis. During her Sweetener Session in Chicago, Ariana hinted that her album could potentially reach number one saying, “We have three days left, you don’t know what Travis could pull.”
Ari’s comment was in direct response to Nicki’s initial attack on Travis, when she posted a series of tweets claiming Kylie is the only reason Travis’ album is currently topping the charts. “I put my blood sweat & tears in writing a dope album only for Travis Scott to have Kylie Jenner post a tour pass telling ppl to come see her & Stormi. lol,” she wrote. “I’m actually laughing. #Queen broke the record of being number 1 in 86 countries. Thank Jesus & thank you to my fans.”
I put my blood sweat & tears in writing a dope album only for Travis Scott to have Kylie Jenner post a tour pass telling ppl to come see her & Stormi. lol. Im actually laughing. #Queen broke the record of being number 1 in 86 countries. Thank Jesus & thank you to my fans.
— QUEEN (@NICKIMINAJ) August 19, 2018
Just minutes earlier, she wrote, “Travis sold over 50K of these. With no requirement of redeeming the album! With no dates for a tour, etc. I spoke to him. He knows he doesn’t have the #1 album this week. I love my fans for the #1 album in AMERICA! I’ll explain on #QueenRadio 4 albums in, #1 in 86 countries.”
She even hit up her radio show to do some trash talking. “What we’re not gonna do is have that Auto-Tune man selling f–king sweaters telling you he sold half a million albums because he f–king didn’t. You stupid f–k. You got your f–king homeboy talking for you and you got your girlfriend selling tour passes. Stop it. Knock it the f–k off.”
Travis sold over 50K of these. With no requirement of redeeming the album! With no dates for a tour, etc. I spoke to him. He knows he doesn’t have the #1 album this week. I love my fans for the #1 album in AMERICA! I’ll explain on #QueenRadio 4 albums in, #1 in 86 countries ♥️ pic.twitter.com/CiYEuczgm3
— QUEEN (@NICKIMINAJ) August 19, 2018
Of course, while plenty of Barbies rallied behind her, others accused her of being petty. “So put down Travis to uplift yourself…. someone needs to take your phone,” one person tweeted. Another simply put, “Imagine being this embarrassing,” and a third didn’t blame his lip kit mogul girlfriend at all. “Girl please, Travis has actual loyal fans who BUY his products. What happened when the whole fam promoted Tyga‘s album? He sold like 2k.” TBH, they both had great albums. Since sharing the No. 1 spot isn’t an option, let’s just keep it moving! Sound good, Nicki?