Nicki Minaj and Megan Thee Stallion, two prominent rap stars, were once champions of each other’s music. They collaborated on the hit song “Hot Girl Summer” in 2019, and everything seemed promising at the start of their friendship. However, things took a sour turn when Megan teamed up with Minaj’s rival, Cardi B. Since then, the two rap stars have been engaged in a highly publicized feud, releasing diss tracks and throwing thinly veiled barbs at each other. Let’s take a look at the timeline of their beef.
August 2019: “Hot Girl Summer”
In August 2019, Megan Thee Stallion released her widely acclaimed mixtape, “Fever,” and was gaining popularity as a rising rapper. During this time, she had the opportunity to connect with Nicki Minaj through a joint Instagram Live session. The two rap stars expressed their admiration for each other, with Megan citing Minaj as one of her biggest idols. Rumors quickly spread about a potential collaboration between them, and Minaj confirmed it on Twitter, stating that she wrote her verse for the song soon after hearing the music. “Hot Girl Summer,” featuring Ty Dolla Sign, was released on August 9 and reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
August 2020: “WAP”
Megan Thee Stallion’s star continued to rise, and she collaborated with Cardi B on the controversial hit song “WAP.” The explicit lyrics and the success of the song fueled speculation that Megan and Minaj had fallen out, given Minaj’s ongoing feud with Cardi B. The tension between Minaj and Cardi B escalated to a physical altercation at a New York Fashion Week party in 2018, further adding fuel to the rumors of a rift between Megan and Minaj.
December 2020 / January 2021: “Seeing Green”
By the end of 2020, Megan Thee Stallion’s public support for Cardi B and her distancing from Minaj on social media raised eyebrows among fans. In January 2021, Minaj unfollowed Megan on Instagram, leading fans to speculate about a possible feud between the two. They analyzed their respective song lyrics for any hints at a conflict. Fans believed that Minaj took a swipe at Megan in her song “Seeing Green” with lyrics like “These b***hes thirsty; I can see why they alcoholics.” However, Megan denied any beef between them with a tweet simply stating, “LIE.”
September 2022: Queen Radio
During a Queen Radio show in September 2022, Minaj hinted at an emerging female rapper whom she had supported but felt let down or betrayed by. Fans speculated that she was referring to Megan Thee Stallion. Minaj also detailed an alleged conversation with someone who encouraged her to drink while she was possibly pregnant and suggested she get an abortion. Megan responded with an all-caps tweet calling it a “LIE.”
March 2023: “Red Ruby Da Sleeze”
In March 2023, Minaj released a new track titled “Red Ruby Da Sleeze,” which appeared to take swipes at her former collaborator, Megan. The song included lyrics like “700 on ’em horses when we fixin’ to leave / But I don’t f*** with horses since Christopher Reeves.” Minaj also referenced Megan’s branded track, “Flamin’ Hottie,” and made a blatant nod to the incident where rapper Tory Lanez allegedly shot Megan in the foot, shouting, “Dance, bitch!” while shooting at her.
January 2024: “Hiss” and “Big Foot”
The most recent chapter in Nicki Minaj and Megan Thee Stallion’s beef began with Megan’s release of her single “Hiss” in January 2024. In the track, Megan addresses the issues between them, mentioning Megan’s Law, a US federal law that enforces information about registered sex offenders being available to the public. Fans speculated that this was a veiled remark aimed at Minaj’s husband, Kenneth Petty, who is a registered sex offender. Shortly after the release of “Hiss,” Minaj previewed her diss track, “Big Foot,” on social media. The song contains lyrics like “The b**** fell off, I said, Get up on your good foot,” which many interpreted as a direct shot at Megan. Minaj also repeats the line “Lying on your dead momma,” referencing the passing of Megan’s mother in March 2019.
As of now, Megan Thee Stallion has not publicly acknowledged Minaj’s diss track. The ongoing feud between these two rap stars has captivated fans and the music industry, leaving many wondering if there will ever be a resolution.