- On Saturday night, at the Harper’s Bazaar ICONS party at New York Fashion Week, Cardi B screamed and threw her shoe at Nicki Minaj, claiming the rapper spoke ill of her child.
- Fans have speculated about a feud brewing between Minaj and Cardi since at least early 2017.
- Up to this point, the two have — for the most part — avoided talking about any feud.
- When they have, they both said people like to stir up drama between women in hip-hop — or women in general for entertainment, and that in reality, they have no beef.
At the fifth annual Harper’s Bazaar ICONS event during the 2018 New York Fashion Week, tensions between Cardi B and Nicki Minaj boiled over — and Cardi B ended up throwing her shoe in a video obtained by Cosmopolitan.
Afterward, Cardi B was photographed leaving the event with a lump on her head, a torn gown, and without one shoe. According to one Variety report, the bump on Cardi B’s forehead came from one of Minaj’s security guards.
But how did we get to this point? Here’s everything you need to know about Cardi B and Nicki Minaj’s feud.
April through September 2017: Reported diss track after diss track flowed
Diss tracks have been a part of hip-hop forever; sometimes a rapper calls out someone by name, and sometimes they don’t.
Fans have speculated that Nicki Minaj and Cardi B have been working out a beef in song form since at least April 2017 — and Complex has an excellent track-by-track breakdown. Neither woman has confirmed that any of these tracks are aimed at each other, except to occasionally deny that there’s any bad blood between them at all.
Cardi B even went so far as to tell Complex in October 2017, that “people wouldn’t be satisfied even if [we] was making out…”
Cardi B speaks on those Nicki Minaj rumors👀
— Complex (@Complex) October 31, 2017
September 25, 2017: Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” became the second track by a female rapper ever to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Not since Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” in 1998 had a female rapper been on top of the Billboard charts like this — and Nicki Minaj was quick to tweet her praise. Then, Cardi B tweeted back her thanks.
Nicki’s tweet appears to have been deleted, but Cardi B’s response lives on.
Things seemed good for the moment.
Thank you!! This means sooo much coming from you!! ❤️ https://t.co/vPGwFiBAiQ
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) September 25, 2017
October 2017: The Migos song “MotorSport” hit — and it featured verses from both women
By the time the video for the song dropped in December 2017, fan speculation about a feud between the two was even higher because it looked like Nicki didn’t film her parts the same day as anyone else.
In a later interview about the song with Capital Xtra, Cardi B talked about Nicki Minaj changing her verse:
April 2018: All the “MotorSport” drama came full circle
Months later, DJ Akademiks played the original verse that had Cardi B’s name in it on his show:
STOP THE PRESS. DJ Akademiks just playing Nicki’s ORIGINAL Motorsport verse & SHE ORIGINALLY SHOUTED CARDI OUT before she felt like Cardi was taking shots at her. WOW pic.twitter.com/BcVc4gw6Ui
— Ra’kim 🤙🏽 (@brokeboyvibe) April 12, 2018
In the version of “MotorSport” that everyone knows, Minaj just changed the “Cardi B” mention to “Quavo,” and didn’t change the rest of the lyrics — so it’s hard to see this as any kind of diss.
Complex reported that Minaj took Cardi B’s name out because Atlantic asked her to — and Minaj also tweeted about the situation:
How can you say someone changed their verse & forget to say Quavo TOLD me to remove my singing part (which I loved) & Atlantic told me to remove your name from my verse per your request? So how were those changes gonna happen if I didn’t “change” my verse? 😩🤣 #NickiDay #ChunLi
— QUEEN (@NICKIMINAJ) April 12, 2018
Speaking on Beats 1 Radio, Minaj also said that the entire “MotorSports” incident with Cardi B had really hurt her feelings
May 2018: Cardi B went on the Howard Stern show and said, “I never was feuding with anybody. There was a misunderstanding.”
After Minaj and Cardi B were photographed talking att he 2018 Met Gala, Cardi B went on the Howard Stern show.
During the interview, she attempted to clear up any misunderstanding once and for all.
“People get entertained by other people’s problems and conflict,” she said, according to the LA Time. “They just so thirsty to put women in hip-hop — not just women in hip-hop, like colored women — against each other. I don’t understand why they do that and why they want to do that.”
September 8, 2018: Cardi B went for Nicki Minaj at an NYFW party, allegedly angry because she claimed Minaj spoke ill of both her baby daughter and her parenting abilities
While Christina Aguilera was onstage performing, Cardi B reportedly dove at Nicki Minaj — who was flanked by her security guards — yelling, as other attendees, of course, whipped out their phones to record the whole thing.
— kylie (@Hemsworth_kylie) September 8, 2018
Cosmopolitan even obtained video of Cardi B removing her shoe — and in the video, you can hear a smack as it lands, although you can’t see who or what it hits.
Later that night, Cardi B posted about the incident on her Instagram.
September 10: Minaj addressed Cardi B and the incident between them directly
Her interview on Beats One radio has been quoted in many other articles, but hearing the tones in Minaj’s voice as she talks helps give context and nuance to her words.
Minaj denied that she criticized Cardi B’s parenting and that she was mortified by their feud.
“I just wanna let the world know that Onika Tanya Miraj would never, has never, or will never speak ill of anyone’s child. I am not a clown. That’s clown s—,” she said.
According to TMZ, sources close to Cardi B say if she had it to do all over again, she’d still throw that shoe — because no one speaks ill of her daughter.
Kelly Rowland, who was at the event, spoke about the incident to E! News
“I think in a time where Serena Williams is fighting for equality— I love both Nicki Minaj and Cardi B and I think that they are extremely talented— and in a time when she is fighting for women’s equality, we just can’t be fighting,” Rowland told E! News on September 10. “There’s no time for us as women to fight and they are just so talented and I just genuinely love them both so much, but it’s just not the time. We have way bigger issues as women, you know what I mean? So I don’t know. I’m Switzerland, I don’t f—— know.”
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