Here's a Timeline of Eminem & Nicki Minaj's Relationship
It seems like 2018 has wrought one of rap’s most powerful couples -- if they’re even a couple at all. Last week, Nicki Minaj and Eminem began alternately confirming, teasing and denying that they’re an item -- and the peanut gallery went into hysterics.
While the ongoing will-they-or-won’t-they has an outsized, PR-fueling element to it, their hypothetical coupling isn’t that hard to imagine. Minaj and Eminem have alternately collaborated, sniped, play-fought and shouted each other out since at least 2010, when they teamed up for the Pink Friday album cut “Roman’s Revenge.”
As the rumor mill heats up around the two superstar rappers, here is a crash course on their personal relationship to date.
October 2010: Minaj and Eminem’s Alter Egos Team Up for 'Roman’s Revenge'
Minaj had been mulling over asking Eminem to collaborate for a long time, and finally “went out on a whim” and asked back in 2010. Said Minaj to MTV News, “I sent him one record, and he didn’t love it. He didn't say, 'I don't love it'; he just said, 'Can you send me something that's a little more me?' I sent him an email and thanked him for that, just having enough respect. Sometimes people don't respond. He had the respect, at least, to treat me like a peer.” The fiery results shot up to No. 56 on the Billboard Hot 100.
May 2011: Eminem Works in NSFW Tribute to Minaj in Bad Meets Evil
Bad Meets Evil, a supergroup formed by Eminem and Royce da 5’9”, released their debut EP Hell: The Sequel in 2011 -- and with an infamously explicit line about desiring carnal knowledge of Minaj. It seemed to be a form of ribald play-fighting, to which Minaj would playfully fire back soon enough.
June 2013: Minaj Claps Back at Em in Ciara’s ‘I’m Out’
In her guest spot on Ciara’s 2013 track “I’m Out,” which peaked at No. 26 on the Digital Song Sales list, Minaj took the opportunity to lob a bottle rocket back at Eminem. “Man, f--- you and your lady, gun butt you, 'cause you’re Shady,” she said in a lambasting of Eminem’s comment.
January 2014: Eminem Praises Minaj in Bad Meets Evil’s ‘Vegas’
In “Vegas,” a 2014 joint by Bad Meets Evil, Eminem continued his Minaj fixation. In a nod to Minaj’s track “Lookin Ass,” in which she worked in an “ice”-related pun “Hundred on the wrist, I ski,” Eminem crafts a response. “You're lucky just to follow my ride/ If I let you run alongside the Humvee/ Unless you're Nicki, grab you by the wrist, let's ski.”
October 2015: Minaj and Eminem Simultaneously Share Remixes of The Weeknd’s ‘The Hills’
The Weeknd’s creepy, evocative horror-themed hit “The Hills” resonated, shooting up to No. 1 on the Hot 100. And the rapper otherwise known as Abel Tesfaye took a victory lap by sharing two simultaneous remixes of the song -- by who else but Minaj and Eminem? And Minaj went on to perform her remix live on Saturday Night Live with Tesfaye. Clearly, everyone’s friends here.
October 2016: Nicki Shouts Out ‘Roman’s Revenge’ for Eminem’s Birthday
Happy Birthday EMINEM!!! I sent him the 1st verse to #RomansRevenge, he sent a verse back. I got inspired & felt it needed another verse from me. I recorded it & sent it just so he could hear it. When it came back again, he had added yet ANOTHER verse on it PLUS sounds to the beat--. Couldn't believe it. ----. Sending him LOVE. --
For Eminem’s 44th birthday, Minaj took to Instagram to fondly recall the origins of their first collaboration, “Roman’s Revenge” -- apparently, it was the product of sending verses back and forth until a completed song resulted. In a follow-up Instagram post, Minaj hashtagged #SlimShady, #Genius, #Beast and #Top5. There was a lot of love between the two rap titans.
November 2017: Minaj calls Eminem 'An Influence' in Revealing Interview
Minaj continued to double down on what Eminem meant to her as an artist throughout the following year. In an interview with XXL, she cited Em as a formative influence, saying: “As a fan of rap, I think I would say the people that have influenced me the most with the way I rap, that would definitely be Lil Wayne, JAY-Z, Foxy Brown, Eminem.”
May 2018: Minaj Claims She ‘Bagged an Em’ in Instagram Comment
The real spark of this whole dating rumor came last week (May 25) when Minaj posted a video on Instagram of her lip-syncing to YG's song “Big Bank,” quoting the lyrics in the caption: “Told ’em I met Slim Shady. Bagged an EM!!!” When prompted as to whether the insinuation meant she was an item with her old collaborator, Minaj responded “yes.” Seems like a confirmation, right?
May 2018: Sources Claim Minaj Was ‘Joking’ About Dating Eminem
“Not so fast,” implied some sources close to TMZ, who stated that Minaj’s comment about dating Eminem was in jest. Though Minaj had previously been in relationships with industry figures like Nas, Meek Mill and Safaree, this would have seemed to close the book on the issue…
May 2018: Eminem Asks Boston Crowd, 'Should I Date Nicki Minaj?'
Eminem took the moment of media confusion to troll fans, asking a Boston crowd if he should or should not date Nicki Minaj. Now, the entire rumor was thrown out of time and space -- instead of he and Minaj already being an item, the idea was posited as a cloudy future prospect. "Well, goddammit, me too," he said when the crowd answered yes. "Nicki, if you get this message, just text me later, we'll talk about it." Naturally, the audience freaked out, leading to a response from Minaj calling Em "silly and a goof just like me" and that their first date "would be in the studio."
LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. The fact that he’s silly & a goof just like me--. Love him so much. Em we need you on the #Queen album. That’s where our 1st date will be; at the studio while I gaze into ur beautiful eyes as u write ur verse. ---------- https://t.co/iFYi0OlzXQ— Chun-Li (@NICKIMINAJ) May 28, 2018
Hey, she's not saying something's not happening. And we all have a front-row seat to see what transpires next.