Here’s How Nicki Minaj Convinced Kanye West To Keep 'Monster' On ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’

(Photo: Young Money Records)

Here’s How Nicki Minaj Convinced Kanye West To Keep 'Monster' On ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’

On the seven-year anniversary of the notable track, the femcee recalled the making of the epic collab.

Published October 25, 2017

Nearly ten years ago, Nicki Minaj cemented her stake in the rap game as a viable contender after unleashing her impressive guest verse on Kanye West's "Monster." 

Surprisingly, however, the Head Barb recently revealed that the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy cut was nearly left off the critically acclaimed album.

On Monday (Oct. 23), Nicki took to social media to commemorate the seven-year anniversary of the star-studded collab, sharing that Yeezy initially had his doubts about the track. "Kanye called me to tell me Jay put a verse on this song & that he was still deciding if he would put it on his album. Haha," Nicki began her lengthy post. "It was like an hour long call where I tried to convince him to let the song stay on his album. He felt this verse would end up being the talk of the album. I said: YOU’RE KANYE WEST!!!!" 

Fortunately enough, Ye opted to take the "Rake It Up" rapper's advice and Nicki's lyrical dexterity would go on to wow listeners, including the likes of Jay-Z. "I became the first female rapper to perform @ Yankee Stadium on the JAY/Eminem stadium tour. When I saw him, Jay said: “when u got so nice”? I said: “I been nice”! Ha! Kanye, thank you for being the genius you are. You always put others first. I fought u every step of the way but it worked out," she wrote. 

In another interesting bit, Nicki also revealed that Ye pushed her to add more of a "growling monster voice," which ultimately accentuated her punchy verse. "(He wanted me to add more of that growling monster voice and I felt it was over kill.) He wouldn’t give in. In the end, maybe he was right," she said. Nicki's verse on the standout track is often heralded as one of the most versatile guest features, as she plays around with her larger-than-life accents and rhyme schemes.

Check out Nicki Minaj's nostalgic post below. 

Written by Kai Miller

(Photo: Young Money Records)


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