Did Nicki Minaj Take Shots At Remy Ma in Her "Make Love" Verse?

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This morning, Twitter erupted when Gucci Mane's "Make Love" track released. Word around the web was that the Queens, NY rapper Nicki Minaj took shots at rapper Remy Ma. Even prior to Remy Ma's 2008 imprisonment, there have always been rumors circulating that the two had beef with each other and would throw subliminals in records. Remy Ma even mentioned it in an interview when she was locked up. I'm going to break down my opinions of the "beef" between the two rappers:

  1. A lot of people want Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj to go at it sssoooo bad. Chile. Every time either of them puts out a track or freestyle, there's a slew of articles, posts, and blogs that assume they're taking shots at one another. Some people even suspect Nicki Minaj was coming at Azealia Banks in her "Make Love" verse, so it's not clear whether or not the shots were aimed at Remy Ma. 
  2. While both ladies claim to be "cool" with one another, I personally don't think they really are. I mean, I don't think they hate each other, but they seem to definitely keep it cute for the public. I do think there is some slight tension between the two. Perhaps they're "besties" behind the scenes and publicly keep their distance from each other because the media and fans are always trying to stir up drama between them. (We gotta have a discussion about the media and fans always trying to stir up drama between Black women artists also).
  3. It's clear Remy Ma is the lyrically superior rapper between the two. Personally, I've come to the realization that Nicki Minaj is extremely mediocre when it comes down to lyrics. Home girl has some cute songs that I like and she has great flow and delivery. I'll never not give her credit because she has worked her ass off and we've seen her grinding since 2007 during "The Come Up" days. However, she is lyrically stagnant, and being "the only rap bitch in the game" has made her the "queen of rap" by default and not through pure talent. For almost a decade, there hasn't been any other new, mainstream female rappers to compare her to. When it comes to current mainstream male rappers, one can actually have a debate on who is the best lyrically because there is a multitude of rappers to choose from. When it comes down to female rappers, Nicki Minaj has been the one and only mainstream female rapper for so long (with the exception of Iggy Azalea who I personally think was an "experiment"). To sum it up, I don't think Nicki Minaj wants those problems with her, especially since Remy Ma comes from a battle rapping background. Nicki Minaj also has a history of throwing the rock and hiding her hand (with the Lil' Kim beef for example) and being very distant from fellow female rappers. I've always felt she sees other female rappers as competition and wants to be the only female rapper out. On the flip side, because Nicki Minaj is so popular, especially in the mainstream, many people may side with her more. Nowadays it's not about the actual culture, lyrics, or talent, it's about numbers, stan bases, and hype. Hence why all the teenage "Barbz" were on Twitter gassing Nicki's verse. 

Who knows? The whole thing could be a marketing ploy for a new album. It would be interesting to hear both of them on a track, but I don't think that will happen. Until then, we'll just have to guess and assume who the "shots" were thrown at. 

So what do you think? Is Nicki Minaj taking shots at Remy Ma? Share your thoughts below!

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