Are Cardi B and Nicki Minaj Really Foes or Friends? The Untold Story

Cardi B and Nicki Minaj have for the most part been involved in tumultuous rap beef and it wouldn’t be out of place for anyone to assume that there’s no love lost between the two women. When two celebrities seem to genuinely hate each other, their feuds become an excellent marketing tool for stakeholders. The female rappers’ seeming inability to co-exist in the same or adjacent lanes has been quite entertaining and comical to a lot of people.

The two New York natives have a huge base and a lot of their fans appreciate each other’s music. While Cardi B’s fans are collectively called the “Bardi Gang”, Nicki Minaj’s fans are dubbed “The Barbz”. It is therefore unsurprising that the rappers’ fans continue to interfere in their relationship and want to see them battle each other.

Even when both women featured on a track together, the collaboration was met with controversy, another indication that Cardi B and Nicki Minaj may just be having a lot of fun beefing each other. While some questions have been asked about the relationship between the Queen of Rap and the best-selling female rapper ever, here are facts that could be a pointer to the obvious.

Are Cardi B And Nicki Minaj Really Foes Or Friends?

The two New York natives have a long history of tension between them and always appear to be throwing subtle shades at each other. But there have also been times when the Bang Bang rapper and the I Like It rapper have tried to stay positive with each other.

A stroll down the rappers’ relationship timeline may offset any further misconceptions. Some of the earliest feuds between Cardi B and Nicki Minaj can be traced back to 2017. First was a diss from the Queen of Rap alleging that some labels were trying to make another her. Though it was seemingly directed at a female rapper in the song No Flag which featured Offset, it was believed the statement was a subtle spit on Cardi.

Thereafter, it seemed like fans actually misunderstood the rappers when Cardi B made it clear at the 2017 MTV VMAs that she wasn’t interested in any beef and was only focused on making music and money. The rapport between Cardi B and Nicki Minaj appeared even more cordial later in 2017 when Cardi’s Bodak Yellow scored the No.1 spot and Nicki joined many other artists in congratulating her in a tweet. Cardi also responded in appreciation. That same year, the New York natives had their first collaborative effort featuring on MigosMotorsport song, although they appeared in separate scenes in the music video.

In April 2018 when Cardi B released her debut album Invasion Of Privacy, the rapper also addressed the beef rumors stressing that it is seemingly an internet faux. Celebrity feud enthusiasts were further disappointed at the 2018 Met Gala where Cardi B and Nicki Minaj were spotted having a friendly chat.

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Cardi B And Nicki Minaj at the 2018 Met Gala
Cardi B And Nicki Minaj at the 2018 Met Gala Image Source

However, things took a different turn thereafter as the rappers reportedly went back to throwing subtle shades at each other via social media. Nicki later addressed the speculations insinuating that Cardi is perhaps being too sensitive to criticism and getting herself unnecessarily worked up.

The 2018 New York Fashion Week Saga And Its Aftermath

The two women continued to trade bars at each other for a few months until the September 2018 New York Fashion Week, where their feud got physical. Towards the end of the party, the duo got into an altercation during the Harper’s Bazaar party which had Cardi attempt to fight Nicki by hurling her shoe into the melee. On a lighter note, it remains unclear who ultimately won the fight.

But shortly after the fight, Cardi took to social media to vent her frustrations over Nicki in a series of explosive Instagram videos, claiming Nicki has made several false allegations about her. In a later interview, Cardi also accused the Bed rapper of taking a lot of shots at her despite a common understanding they had before. She explained that the straw which broke the camel’s back was when Nicki who didn’t have a child yet, mocked her mothering skills.

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Although Minaj responded and denied Bardi’s allegations, the duo called a temporary truce online months later promising to keep their vibes positive. However, the superstars appear not to have totally doused the tension between them. In 2019, during an interview on the Joe Budden Podcast, Nicki stressed her “authentic come-up,” and how she was able to achieve success by relying strictly on her talent.

Minaj also opined that the Grammys “brainwashed” people into believing their awards are important and a major indicator of talent. In reference to Ebro Darden’s list of the 50 greatest rappers of all time, the rapper further told Budden that she would feel so low if she only had No.1s and Grammys and wasn’t on the top 50 list.

Though Nicki didn’t mention any names, fans were convinced she was dissing Cardi B who used the Love & Hip Hop reality TV show as an avenue to promote her music and gain fans. Cardi also received the 2019 Grammy award for Best Rap Album and has topped several industry charts. She predictably responded to Nicki’s statement about the list posting a list of the world’s top-performing albums that included her Invasion of Privacy album. 

Despite all the rancor, Cardi B and Nicki Minaj seem to always stay one step ahead of people’s unending perception about their battles or friendship. The Money rapper and the Queen rapper have moved on and at various times pushed to focus only on positivity.

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