Following Brandy’s 2016 Soul Train Awards performance, where the R&B songstress was crowned with the Lady of Soul accolade, a few lyrical adjustments might have unfortunately reboiled some bad blood.
Swapping the lyrics of her Kanye West-assisted “Talk About Our Love,” Brandy tucked in a few references to Georgia’s R&B vocalizing diva Monica, which may have helped reignite the flames beneath ongoing tension between the two.
“It’s always something, talking ish again,” Brandy sung in the new lyrics. “Then your whole fan base jumps in, and now the whole ‘Gram’s buzzing.”
It’s no secret that she and Monica shared their domination of the R&B scene of the '90s. With reigning hit singles, such as “The Boy Is Mine,” Brandy and Monica found a sisterhood of sorts during those tender career-rising years. However, after a 1998 altercation that would split this sisterhood in half, the two have been back and forth on the outs in the years that followed.
Following Brandy’s performance, many decoded the sketchy lyrical change as a jab at Monica. Not to mention, the verse came just after a few seconds-worth of a snippet from “The Boy Is Mine.”
But the last wind to top the lyrical shade blew shortly after with Brandy’s commemorative Instagram post to the late, great Whitney Houston.
“Everybody wanted what we had/have and I am blessed enough to have been your friend, #FairyGodDaughter and make history with you as my #FairyGodMother,” Brandy penned. Speculation rose that the “Fairy godmother/goddaughter” references were direct shots at a previous interview where Monica called Whitney everyone’s godmother.
“Our bond is unmatched. I love you Nippy. P.S. So many people liked my performance at the #SoulTrainAwards. I think you would have, too.”
Regardless of whether the shade was intentional or not, Monica swiftly set the record straight with a fan who also wasn’t here for the divisive fans trying to stir up controversy between her and Brandy.
“It’s disappointing to leave ICU and come to my page and see the foolishness of the 90s ever so present amongst both groups,” she said. “I will forever respect the legend she is and the history we created.”
She went on to hail Brandy as a “vocal beast” and congratulate her on her moment of shine during the Soul Train Awards.
“This is her moment. She earned and deserves it. No mention or ‘@’ of my name needed!”
Peep the shadiness that started it all below.