Nicki Minaj Versus Cardi B: All the Parties Involved & Their Roles in the Feud

Nicki Minaj & Cardi B
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Nicki Minaj & Cardi B

Cardi didn't waste much time in escalating the feud, punching back with a series of fiery selfie videos and receipts posted to Instagram, meticulously breaking down each of the claims made hours prior by Minaj, and even coining the term "footages." After more subliminal back-and-forth, the pair of rap heavyweights finally agreed to peacefully move past their beef and lead with love for the time being.    

The feud between Nicki and Cardi has been boiling for over a year now, since Bardi's meteoric rise placed her beside Minaj on the rap totem pole. There's also been ton of moving parts here, with various players chiming in after hearing their name thrown into the mix, which has caused the entertaining dispute to continue to spread much like a California wildfire.    

Here is everyone that has become swept up in the Cardi B versus Nicki Minaj clash, and their role in the matter, explained in further detail.

Nicki Minaj

It was another jampacked episode of Queen Radio, with Nicki not holding anything back in lambasting her hip-hop compatriot Cardi B. She cleared up any confusion regarding the NYFW Harper's Bazaar event, claiming that her close friend Rah Ali actually connected on a few shots toward Bardi, rather than her security team, leaving Cardi with a pretty substantial welt on her forehead. 

"Rah really, really beat Cardi’s ass bad. Rah beat you so bad that I was mad at Rah. You went home and told people security hit you, and we let that ride for legal reasons," Nicki said. "Anybody that wanna pull up the surveillance footage, I will give you $100,000."

The Queens native then denied ever leaking the 26-year-old's phone number to fans, and later touched on the fact Cardi B wanted to have her assist on "Bartier Carti," but said she refused to do so since they were about to team up on the Migos' "Motorsport." "What type of bird shit you on, bitch? I didn’t leak your number," Minaj emphatically stated on Queen Radio. "Stop lying on me. You stopped 21 Savage from being on two songs with me because he was featured on your single," she continued. "You wanted me on your second single."

Cardi B

Just last week (Oct. 25), the Atlantic Records signee shaded the Barbz, claiming they were at fault for spreading the leaked version of her fresh "Money" single. "We tried to retract it, but you know the Barbz -- they always posting me, they always post everything I do," she told Ebro Darden of Beats 1.

Cardi clearly reached her boiling point when it came to Minaj repeatedly speaking on her name throughout her Monday (Oct. 29) radio show. Kulture's mother lashed out and shredded Nicki via several Instagram videos, while defending herself amid the controversy. 

"How you say when I was the wild animal, that I attacked you, that you was mortified, that you was humiliated, playing the victim and now you're the gangster," she began. "You need to pick a side -- do you want to be the victim or do you want to be the gangster? You lie so much you can't even keep up with you're fucking lies... I know what there's footage of you standing on the wall, talking about, 'I'm standing right here,' Miss Chun-Li the street fighter. Get the fuck out of here."

The "I Like It" rapper attempted to one-up Minaj by proving she was being offered to hop on certain tracks and endorsement deals even prior to artists and brands eventually moving on to Nicki. Cardi capped everything off by saying Minaj can't even keep up with her own lies, and that she needs to stop worrying about others because she's in the midst of wrecking her own decorated legacy as an all-time MC. 

"What you need to do is stop focusing on other people, focus on yourself and focus on your craft, because you're out here fucking up your legacy looking like a fucking hater," Cardi concluded.

Hennessy Carolina

Affiliation: Cardi B's younger sister.

It's always a positive when you have family in your corner, and nobody goes harder to protect her own than Cardi's 22-year-old sister, publicly known as Hennessy Carolina. Earlier this week (Oct. 27), Carolina clashed with Minaj's Barbz fanbase, accusing Nicki of leaking her sister's phone number to a number of Minaj fan pages, in order to have them continually mess with Cardi's mental state. 

"Ya asking why I’m beefing with a fan base but ya not asking why someone with so much influence would use their influence to manipulate their fans to spread so much negativity and hate!" she wrote to Instagram. "She leaked my sister's number to her fan pages the same shit she did to Mariah Lynn. It's easy for y'all to ask me why I'm bothered, why I care so much. But not one of you is waking up to death threats every day, made up stories that can effect my real life and real relationships. Imagine if this was your infant child, imagine if this was your sister or ya mother."

The 22-year-old followed-up to continue her war of words with Minaj ally Rah Ali, after she warned the Barbz to not comment on her page if they can't deal with the consequences when she responds. "I ain't scared of you water buffalo built ass bitches, save that bully shit for IG and pop the fuck out in real life," Hennessy captioned. 


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Rah Ali

Affiliation: Nicki Minaj's close friend.

Within the last year, Nicki Minaj and Rah Ali have grown closer ever since she notched an appearance in Minaj's "No Frauds" visual to publicize their blossoming relationship. The brash television personality is definitely someone you'd want to have on your side in case anything ever turned physical. Contrary to original reports of security being at fault for the lump left on Cardi's head following the Harper's Bazaar party, the Queen artist explained that it was actually Ali's doing. 

Ali has since doubled down on her rivalry with Cardi's sister Hennessy Carolina. Days ago, she popped up in Carolina's comments to warn her that a fight would ensue on sight between the two if they ever crossed paths again. "Keep playing with me you dumb bitch and I'ma RAG YOU like I did your sister," Rah proclaimed. "You seen ya big sis when she got home. You know what's up. You next."


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Steve Madden

Affiliation: Nicki Minaj claimed to have turned down a potential collaboration.

Steve Madden's name got dragged through the mud after Minaj tweeted that she declined a potential collaboration with the shoe brand. Back in 2015, Madden confessed in a VIBE Magazine interview that he got into a verbal fight with Nicki within the first few minutes of them actually meeting. After patching up their relationship, the fashion designer did admit that he regretted choosing to partner with Iggy Azalea rather than Nicki.

Minaj recalled turning down the opportunity to work with Steve Madden in a tweet Monday night (Oct. 29). "Same thing with Steve Madden. Irv Gotti asked me to do that deal several times. I passed. You never hear me talking bout things like this. She really thought she was doing something talking about turning down deals," the 35-year-old wrote. 

The official Steve Madden Twitter account got wind of Nicki's comments and swiftly clapped back at Minaj's claims, saying there was never such an offer extended from their end. "@NICKIMINAJ you can't turn down an offer that was never made. #StopLying," the company wrote. 

Fellow Queens rapper 50 Cent reposted Madden's confusing comments from his interview with VIBE Magazine, prompting a response from Onika. "This hoe ass n----a came to my house in Malibu with Irv Gotti begging me to do the deal! My manager Gee Roberson was there. Can't believe grown ass men getting on the internet lying like hoes," the Young Money artist commented on the post. 

Madden himself released an official statement from the company Twitter early Wednesday (Oct. 31) apologizing for his actions pitting the artists against each other. It's safe to say Nicki would not be accepting his mea culpa. 


#50Cent, #NickiMinaj and #IggyAzalea wanted to clear some things up -- #SteveMadden

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Affiliation: "Krippy Kush" producer. 

Part of Nicki Minaj's riveting allegations from episode 10 of Queen Radio included her accusing Cardi B of not allowing 21 Savage to appear on a pair of records with her since the two linked up for "Bartier Cardi." One of the records the 35-year-old looks to be referencing is "Krippy Kush," which saw Travis Scott assist on the remix rather than 21.

The track's producer, Rvssian, came to Cardi's defense by confirming that the only reason the Atlanta native didn't make the record was because of a scheduling conflict. "21 Savage was replaced by Travis Scott because 21 has an issue with his kid and couldn’t make Krippy kush video… not because of anything else," the dancehall producer direct messaged Cardi.

He later addressed the matter publicly on Twitter. "I’m not going to agree with something that wasn’t done involving my song. Its a simple fact. Truth is the truth," he wrote. 


Look at God the producer of the Krippy Kush song ....Now leave me the fuck alone

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Little Mix

Affiliation: Featured Nicki Minaj on their recent single "Woman Like Me."

Earlier in the month (Oct. 12), British girl group Little Mix released their highly anticipated "Woman Like Me" collaboration featuring Nicki Minaj. Cardi B addressed the record during the eighth video of her Instagram series Monday night (Oct. 29), declaring that the group in fact approached her to get on the track before Nicki. "I had to decline it because I'm doing a lot of pop records, so I can’t, you know, oversaturate myself. But that came to me first, and then they give it to you," Cardi said. 

Little Mix released an official statement refuting Cardi's claims Tuesday morning (Oct. 30), saying that Minaj was offered the record first, as they had always dreamed of working alongside the "Super Bass" artist. "We love and respect both Nicki and Cardi B. Both were approached by our label to work with us on Woman Like Me, Nicki then Cardi. We went with Nicki because like we’ve said over and over for years, it’s been a dream of ours to work with her since the beginning. We have nothing but love and positivity for both Nicki and Cardi," the foursome wrote to the group's Twitter account. 

Wilhelmina Models CEO Bill Wackermann

Affiliation: Signed Nicki Minaj to a deal with his modeling agency.

In the midst of Cardi's exhausting rant, she quipped about how her turning down branding opportunities has allowed Nicki Minaj's business to thrive. "That Diesel deal that you got? Yeah, that came to me first. And I had to decline it because I'm already working with fashion brands," the "Money" rapper explained. 

Wilhelmina CEO Bill Wackermann weighed in on Cardi's statements with an Instagram post of his own, referencing Minaj as the one and only queen. "Tell the truth Boo! That diesel deal was built AROUND the one and only Queen. #truthwillsetyoufree @nickiminaj @iamcardib - I've got the receipts," Wackermann wrote to refute the Bronx native's original claims regarding Nicki's involvement with Diesel's anti-bullying, Haute Couture campaign.

Cardi B pulled up some old emails from Diesel in a since-deleted post featuring a preliminary business proposal for a possible partnership starting in Jan. 2019, where she would be offered the opportunity to create her very own capsule collection with the brand. She ultimately declined the contract.


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Lil Yachty

Affiliation: Cardi B's labelmate at Quality Control. 

Lil Yachty was doing some harmless press in promotion of his recently released Nuthin' 2 Prove album, when he was forced to pick a side between Cardi B and Nicki Minaj during an appearance on BET's Raq Rants. With Cardi being engaged to Offset and signed to Quality Control, Yachty declared allegiance to his "Who Want the Smoke" collaborator and the QC family. 

As much as he'd want to work with Nicki, Yachty shared that he just couldn't at the moment, since it would qualify as a conflict of interest. "Cardi show me too much love 4 me be in the dark about who I side with. I fuck [with] Nicki doe been did since elementary school. They just twisted my words," he wrote in response to a fan berating him on Twitter. 

Iggy Azalea

Affiliation: Backed up Nicki Minaj's claims regarding her Steve Madden deal.

Less than 24 hours after saying she would be staying out of the Cardi B and Nicki Minaj feud, Iggy Azalea provided some back up for Nicki in relation to her striking accusations about Steve Madden's business malpractice. She then took aim at Madden as well for not holding up his end of their partnership. "Steve is a fuck boy. He did some sidebar shit when my deal said I had full creative control, couldn't handle being called out on it and then tried to publicly backtrack. Boy bye," Iggy wrote in a since-deleted tweet Tuesday night (Oct. 30).