Migos had the internet buzzing when they dropped “Motorsport” featuring rap’s newest golden child Cardi B and the veteran herself Nicki Minaj in October, which found the dynamic female duo trading verses for the first time on wax, at a time when the public was trying to pit them against each other.
The moment quickly turned sour, though, as the hype surrounding the rappers’ rumored tension manifested into an ongoing saga of Nicki vs. Cardi comparisons that neither party could avoid. Nicki sat down with Beats 1 radio for an interview on Thursday (April 12), during which she finally addressed the long-rumored feud with Cardi and why there was a bit of bad blood between her and Quavo.
“The only thing with Cardi that really really hurt my feelings was the first interview she did after ‘Motorsport’ came out,” Nicki told Beats 1’s Zane Lowe. “I remember when I first came in the game, if a female of that stature had done a feature with me on it, I would only be singing their praises and saying thank you. The first interview she did after ‘Motorsport’ came out, it just really hurt me. She looked so aggravated and angry and the only thing she said was, ‘Oh, I didn’t hear that. I didn’t hear that verse.’ I was like what?”
The interview Nicki referenced was one Cardi did with the UK’s Capital Xtra in November, in which Cardi told the host, “When I heard the track, her verse wasn’t finished — well, it’s not the verse that is out right now — and Quavo told me to get on the song and I just felt like it was a perfect opportunity for me to be on a track that’s big like that.” Cardi said that she knew being on “Motorsport” would give her a major boost since it featured two of the hottest acts in hip-hop.
Before Cardi’s interview in November, though, Nicki tried to shut down any rumors of a feud by telling fans how “Motorsport” came about. She told Lowe she felt like her word wasn’t enough and tried to ask Quavo for help but felt “ambushed” because when it was time to defend her, he refused and said, “I would go on Twitter and back you up if you were my girl.”
“It hurt my feelings to know that people would watch me be slaughtered and not one person will step in to say the truth. They will run with the lie, they’ll allow people to run with the lie because it’s entertaining to make Nicki seem like the bad guy,” she continued. She reiterated that “Motorsport” was brought to her by Quavo, with him as the sole feature on the song, and shortly after, he asked Nicki if he could add Cardi to the track, which Nicki agreed to.
Fighting back tears, Nicki expressed her disappointment in Cardi for not showing any love because of the “Nicki hate parade.”
“Up until this recent interview that she did, I had never seen her show me genuine love in an interview. I could just imagine how many girls wish they could have been on a song with Nicki Minaj, and I’m not saying it in a cocky way, but yikes,” she said. “It’s because of the Nicki hate parade that she felt the comfortability to address me in that manner.”
It didn’t take long for the internet to analyze a recently leaked snippet of a new Nicki song to find any shots aimed at Cardi, but Nicki insists that the song couldn’t be directed at the “Bodak Yellow” star because it was written a year and a half ago. The interview took a turn for the better when Lowe surprised Nicki with calls from Young Money head honcho Lil Wayne and Cash Money leader Birdman, who recently reunited and laid their longtime beef to rest.
Listen to a snippet of Nicki’s interview below.