DJ Akademiks and Joe Budden, the two co-hosts of Complex’s Everyday Struggle, are still reaching for proof of that nonexistent beef between Cardi B and Nicki Minaj.
And despite both femcees tirelessly shutting down the rumors, most recently by joining rap forces on Migos’s “MotorSport” record, Joe is digging deeper into his theory about Nicki’s motives.
The pair circled back to Nicki’s clarification of how the record came about, dialogue they believe was aimed at them. Nicki cleared the air by explaining that one-half of the trio, Quavo, rang her up and asked about putting Cardi on it. After she gave him the thumbs up, she added that not only was the “Bodak Yellow” star not an original feature, but neither were the other two Migos members, Offset and Takeoff. The conspiracy that she was blindsided at Cardi's arrival on the track was gassed by “men in our culture who simply refuse to let it go,” she simplified. And refusal it certainly was after Joe rebutted her comments from his Everyday Struggle co-host spot.
“Nicki, just shut the f**k up,” he said. “Just stop. Who the f**k believes that?”
Joe further explained his doubt in that phone call from Quavo, and furthermore, that he would ask her permission to put one of the group member’s girlfriends on the song. He continued arguing that “people are using Cardi B” for her star quality at the moment, and even though Nicki’s brand is powerful enough , she still needed a track beside hip-hop’s new girl on the block. Clearing the track, he said, was a no-brainer for Nicki on that basis.
“If you were not going to clear it, when were you putting your Uzi record out?” he asked. “The record that Uzi did, that your desperate a** hopped on immediately without being requested to be there, and then sent to Atlantic for them to clear as they’re trying to break their brand new woman act.”
The “Pump It Up” rapper even reasoned that her intent with mentioning the collaboration she has with Lil Uzi Vert, another hot commodity in the new rap generation, wasn’t coincidental.
“I don’t think it’s a coincidence that later on after you finished being angry that, yeah, the b***h dissed you back on the f**king record — I don’t think it’s a coincidence that you’re talking about ‘the Uzi record goes out next week,'" he said.
Joe theorized more conspiracies that Nicki is attempting to change the narrative of how these records come about for the sake of her reputation, and her clarification on “MotorSport” is not much different than what he and Akademiks originally suspected.
“I repeat to you my very same advice before any of this began: if you just shut the f**k up, you will be in a much better standing,” Joe said.
And they weren’t finished with Cardi either, suggesting that her recent shutdown of the beef buzz was a lie saturated with poor media-training. Stretching further on their reach for a Nicki vs. Cardi beef, Joe paralleled what he believes to be play-nice behavior between Nicki and Cardi to the same chain of events that happened with Remy Ma and Lil Kim before their respective beefs broke out with The Pinkprint artist.
In a nutshell, the fight for Bardi versus Barbie continues, courtesy of Joey and Akademiks. See how in the video below.
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