On March 15, when Nicki posted a preview of the song’s upcoming music video, the latest argument between the Barbz and the Bardi Gang broke out online.
In the sexy 20-second clip, the Young Money Queen was seen displaying her curvy figure in a black swimsuit while sitting on the balcony of a lavish residence and overlooking the ocean.
When Cardi B supporters criticized the authenticity of the video and claimed the Pinkprint artist had used Photoshop to modify her shape and make her waist look smaller, while the video was greeted with excitement by Nicki’s die-hard fans.
“I know this lady’s editing team is sick of her,” read one viral tweet that contained screenshots from the video, while another user wrote: “The Photoshop is so Nasty.”
However, Several of Nicki’s supporters disputed the images and insisted that the screenshots themselves had been edited.
“The fact that bardi gang literally takes time out of their day to photoshop nicki looking SKINNIER just so they can drag her is BEYOND pathetic lmaooo,” one person clapped back. “It’s giving obsessed, unemployed and obese sitting behind a keyboard like you guys are so embarrassing hahahahaha.”
Nicki Minaj appeared to respond to the Photoshop allegation by herself on Twitter, bringing up her lyrical and professional skill to silence her critics.
“Photoshop them bars,” she wrote, before adding: “Photoshop them sales.”
In her final tweet, she mentioned a report claiming that her Queen Radio: Volume 1 collection had remained at the top of the Billboard 200 list for 25 weeks, securing its position as the longest-charting female rap album of 2022.
The Queens, New York then sent out another venomous tweet in response to her haters, dismissing the idea that she is beyond her prime just because she is now in her 40s.
“2023 not the year to play wit ONIKA TANYA MARAJ PETTY RED RUBY DA MF SLEEZE CHUN-Li NICKI MINAJ NICKI DA NINJA NICK DA HARAJUKU BARBIE,” she snarled. “40. Yup. 40’s wit 30 clips. FN’s wit da switch.”
Over the years, Nicki Minaj has frequently questioned the lyrics of other female rappers, claiming that their rhymes were written by ghostwriters.
“I’ve been talking about this for 15 years, so I’ma talk about it,” she said during an episode of her Queen Radio show last year. “Everybody that is a ghostwriter right now in Hip Hop that is writing for any female — not just the artist, but the ghostwriter — is a Nick fan.
“Before they write that muthafucking verse, they think, ‘What would Nicki Minaj say?’ And if you disagree or dispute that, you’re fucking dumb.’ I’m talking about how many different ways y’all gon’ say them lines, my nigga. Damn!”
In heated Twitter exchange from last October with Latto, Latto used Nicki’s alleged use of ghostwriters as well as her age as ammo.
When her smash song “Super Freaky Girl” was removed from the rap category, Nicki suggested that Latto’s “Big Energy” should also be moved into the pop categories at the 2023 Grammys.
The 777 rookie called Nicki a “40-year-old bully” and “super freaky grandma,” while also claiming: “I heard a few of ur refs before they came out too boo. U forgot WE ALL collab w the same writers?? Difference is I don’t deny it.”
“Age shaming when you look like YOU the one pushing 40,” Minaj fired back. “Age shaming but was BEGGING for a feature. Imagine what dem genes gon do in 10 years[.] Oh so you in your 20’s. Oh ok then. At least it match your album sales. You sold 20K right? Mad u flopped. That’s why u rlly mad.
“Who wanna hear the reference tracks scratch off ghost writers rapping her bars????? she used me & the Barbz in every interview until that album sold double wood[.] now she wiping that spray tan off & being a Karen. They black when it’s beneficial chi.”
The music video for “Red Ruby Da Sleeze,” which was released on March 3, is anticipated to make its premiere later this month. The song uses a sample of Lumidee’s “Never Leave You (Oh Ahh)” hit from 2003.
Even though Cardi B continues to be her toughest opponent, some fans think Nicki Minaj threw subliminal shots at Megan Thee Stallion on the song.
“700 on ’em horses when we fixin’ to leave/ But I don’t fuck with horses since Christopher Reeve,” she rapped, referencing the Superman actor’s 1995 horse-riding accident that left him wheelchair-bound for the rest of his life; ’95 is also the year Megan was born.