Well, that escalated quickly. Nicki Minaj and Remy Ma have been circling each other for some time now, not quite beefing but clearly having some sort of spat despite constant denials, but now names are being named and the beef is officially on.
After Nicki seemed to take a few not-so-thinly veiled shots at Remy on Gucci Mane’s “Make Love” this week Remy wasted no time responding with the scathing diss track “ShETHER.” Over Nas’ “Ether” beat, Remy leaves no mystery about who she’s talking to, opening the track with Nicki’s own voice saying “Free Remy” and adding the Ether-esque “F**k Nicki Minaj” then revealing that she’s punched Nicki before, and that’s all before she raps one bar.
After that it’s six straight minutes of Remy simply going in on Nick, speaking on everything from butt implants, her relationship with Meek Mill, ghostwriters, her record deal, her alleged pedophile brother and so much more. “And I saw Meek at All-Star, he told me your ass dropped/
He couldn’t f**k you for three months because your ass dropped,” she raps at one point. Later she continues the lyrical assault with “And to be the Queen of Rap, you gotta actually rap/ The whole industry know that your sh*t is a wrap/ No, to be the Queen of Rap, you can’t have a ghostwriter.”
Not only is the whole track brutal, but it also preempts what has always been Nicki’s retort: Popularity. And like clock work Nicki went to Instagram to talk numbers, posting the record sales of Remy’s recent album with Fat Joe Plata O Plomo, and they were underwhelming.
Then Nicki pulled out her Trump Card, none other than Beyonce, by posting a video in which Bey hails Nick the queen of rap.
It’s straight out of the Drake/Jay Z rap beef playbook, in which popularity dictates who you respond to and who you ignore. This is why Joe Budden got mostly ignored by Drake, and why Nicki might try to ignore Remy.
However, judging by the reaction on Twitter, Nicki won’t be able to simply ignore Remy. She’s a formidable challenge, and in the small pool that is female rap, she’s clearly the No. 1 contender to Nicki’s throne, no matter the record sales. Nicki is reacting — and deleting her reaction — on Twitter as well so clearly she’s heard the track, now it’s time to rap.
Check out some of the best Twitter reactions below.