There was a time when Megan Thee Stallion and Nicki Minaj only had positive things to say about one another. Back in 2019, they released one of the biggest hits of the year when they collaborated on “Hot Girl Summer”, with Megan constantly citing Minaj as one of her biggest idols.
Then it all went wrong. Whether sparked by Megan collaborating with Minaj’s rival, Cardi B, or some behind-the-scenes drama that has yet to be made public, the two rap stars are now at loggerheads and busy releasing diss tracks containing thinly veiled barbs at one another.
After Minaj, 41, explicitly referenced a lyric from Megan’s recent diss track, “Hiss”, in her own song “Big Foot”, fans have confirmation that the two former friends are now at war. Here’s a timeline of their feud.
August 2019: “Hot Girl Summer”
As is the case with many celebrity disputes, it all looked so promising at the start. Back in the summer of 2019, Megan had recently released her widely acclaimed mixtape, Fever, and was becoming increasingly popular as a rapper on the rise.
In July, Megan was overjoyed when she had the chance to “meet” Nicki via a joint Instagram Live session.“We are gagging right now, we are dead!” the Houston rapper declared when she joined the broadcast. “B****, we love you! Since 2008, when I was in eighth grade, and I could listen to you.”
Appreciative of the adoration, Minaj replied: “Congratulations on you doing your thing, and rapping and writing, and going to school.”
After the rappers’ successful online chat, rumours quickly swirled of them collaborating on a new track to cement their professional union. It was soon confirmed by Minaj, who responded to a fan on Twitter (now X) and claimed that she penned her verse soon after hearing the music.
She wrote: “So true. I was right on the verge of losing my voice & it was mad late so I was already sounding like a man. But once I heard the song I fell in love. Wrote it b4 I went to sleep. None of that was planned. I had no idea meg was on live or that she would want to go live 2gthr.”
“Hot Girl Summer”, which also features Ty Dolla Sign, was released on 9 August and peaked at Number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
August 2020: “WAP”
With Megan’s star firmly on the rise, a number of other artists were keen to work with her, including Minaj’s old sparring partner, Cardi B. A belated song of the summer, “WAP” dropped in August 2020 as the lead single from the “Bodak Yellow” star’s forthcoming second album.
Instantly polarising due to the explicit nature of the lyrics, it was nonetheless hailed as a triumph of sexual empowerment and became the first female rap collaboration to debut at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.
While the song itself was a hit, it also fuelled speculation that Megan had fallen out with Minaj, due to the “Anaconda” rapper’s long-running feud with Cardi B.
Tensions between the two had grown so bad that they were involved in a physical altercation at a New York Fashion Week party in 2018, when Cardi allegedly threw a shoe at the fellow rapper.
December 2020 / January 2021: “Seeing Green”
By the end of 2020, Megan was rumoured to be distancing herself from Minaj and her friends, at the same time as publicly praising Cardi following their “WAP” success.
Minaj unfollowed Megan on Instagram in January 2021, prompting fans to begin labelling them as rivals while looking for any hints at a feud in their respective song lyrics. Months later, they were convinced that Minaj took a swipe at Megan in her song “Seeing Green”, where she raps: “One Margarita pizza with Parmesan and garlic. These b***hes thirsty; I can see why they alcoholics.”
September 2022: Queen Radio