Women's History Month Popping Off
March is Women’s History Month in the United States, UK, and Australia. We will be celebrating with a broadcast of all women artists throughout the month.
It seems that Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj wanted to get the party started a little early this past weekend by igniting the biggest lady hip-hop battle since the golden age’s Roxanne Wars.
No one has officially pin-pointed the exact reason for the beef; however, the fine folks at Complex have a great run-down of the pair’s history: http://www.complex.com/music/2017/02/history-of-the-beef-between-remy-ma-and-nicki-minaj. It seems that they’ve been playing frenemy for some time. Allow me to summarize.
In 2007, Nicki is a young buck hungry in the game and does what you do at that point: aim for the top. Remy, at the top of her game, is vigilant for any up-comers posing a threat. She does what you do at that point, and has a radar out for all the talent in her lane. Remy catches wind of a possible subliminal challenge from Young Nick in a freestyle called Dirty Money and personally and directly confronts Nicki. Nicki denies targeting Remy in her raps, but Remy doesn’t totally believe her.
Fast forward some years: Remy gets locked up and Nicki gets popular. Nicki is uncharacteristically supportive of Remy in her hard time, with “Free Remy” lines and what not, given that Remy made it known that she possibly felt a way about Nicki.
Let’s pause for a recap. Nicki does braggadocios freestyle that Remy finds offensive. Remy confronts Nicki and Nicki denies any malice. Remy feels Nicki is lying. Hard times come upon Remy and Nicki puts 10 on 10 by publicly showing support for her instead of taking the opportunity to kick here while she’s down.
Back to the timeline. Now Remy does 8 long, hard years in the pen and like most all newly released prisoners from long bids, she emerges with a more positive attitude and outlook. However, also like everyone else, this doesn’t last too long as the outside world’s attitude is not complementary of such an outlook. Initially, Remy extends an olive branch and says in essence, hey top folk who was showing all this “love” while a sista was locked up, why don’t y’all slide the plate over here and let me get a taste of some of them there black eyed peas (←country ass interpretation of let’s do a record together).
So years later, Nicki, in a Hot 97 interview, says that back when she was working on the Pink Print album, she proposed Remy do this great song with her and Remy’s well-known enemy, Foxy Brown. :-/ No one has to wonder why this song never happened. With this, it is obvious that there was possibly a lack of genuineness on Nicki’s part. The proposal likely confirmed Remy’s suspicions and gave her the green light for her subliminals which began with Pink Print’s Truffle Butter “remix”.
In a Breakfast Club Interview, Remy says that she always says b*tches names and if she didn’t say your name, she wasn’t talking about you. However, she was talking about someone, no? So if only off of the public’s interpretation, Nicki felt the need to say something. The two continue to exchange little subliminal taps until Nicki does her own back-to-back disses with features on Guwop’s “Make Love” and Jason Derulo’s “Swalla”. Neither could stand up against Remy’s timely response, “shETHER”, released just 48 hours after Nicki’s releases.
shETHER showcases Remy’s unparalleled talent for pure, uncut, hip-hop battling and squarely positions her as the undisputed queen in this arena as well as rap in general. The potency of the lyricism lets you know that she’s been waiting on this for quite some time and she is not here for the taps. She is basically calling Nick out to fight by the tree during recess. Honestly, in this crazy world of hip-hop right now this is a breathe of fresh air for us old heads. Remy is saying F the bull, can you out-rap me or nah. No? OK, sit that fat ass down, hold this L, and adore me in my crown skank.
I don’t know what the young folks are thinking right now, or if they are even paying attention, but I would love to hear their take. They gave Drake a pass for having ghostwriters. Will they ignore Nicki’s dead body resulting from these shots fired too?
Now, I know some readers may be wondering how two sistas being verbally abusive towards one another is a positive thing to promote for Women’s History month. It’s because hip-hop battling is a rigorous sport and these two have just made their entry into hip-hop history. Salute!