In the hip-hop world , not all beef is created equal. “Theres” gradations of drama, with bad blood ranging from a nasty tweet to a decade-long turf war between two feuding labels. And when it comes to the artistry of the diss line, theres a difference between coming for someone directly and shadowing the inferno out of them( if you dont know what shadow is, take two hours to watch Paris Is Burning then circle back to me ). On February 25 th, Love and Hip Hop s Remy Ma took one look at the range of acceptable diss line demeanor, announced fucking it, and released ShETHER, a reference to Nass 2001 diss line Ether. Just how barbarian is ShETHER? For starters, the cover artistry is a picture of a Nicki Minaj-style, pink-haired Barbie with her extremities wrenched from their sockets and a bloody tear divulging out of her plastic eye. Remarkably enough, Remys bars are even more brutal than her graphic designer. As Remy explained in a subsequent Wendy Williams Show lookall while wearing a tiny funereal fascinator to mark the supposed death of Nickis careershes expended her whole life cataloguing grime on her contemporaries just in case. Its no amaze then that ShETHER is basically a rhyming burn volume, making on just about all aspects of Nickis career and personal life. Remy accuses Minaj of stealing paths, relying on ghostwriters like her ex Safaree Samuels, and getting so much plastic surgery that her ass popped. She likewise calls her a disloyal hoochie, claiming that she slept with Trey Songz and cheated with radio personality Ebro. Last-place but surely not least, Remy truly is over there by bringing up the rape charges against Minajs brother, who was arrested for sexually assaulting a 12 -year-old girl. In the aftermath of Remys ethering, concerned luminaries like Issa Rae cautioned Nicki not to Meek this upAKA start a rap combat you cant finish. After all, acknowledgments will show that Nicki was baiting Remy with some disrespectful lyrics in the run-up to ShETHER. When Nicki took shots at Remys low-pitched album sales last month, she likely wasnt expecting the rapper to immediately applaud back with a vivid portrait of her explosive ass embeds. As Remy astutely mentions in ShETHERyes, next to the slut-shaming and past the unnecessary ass digs, theres some pretty smart stuff in hereNicki hasnt precisely been picking on daughters her own sizing. From Miley Cyrus to Taylor Swift, Minaj is basically on a beef-lite diet, starting conflicts she knows she can win with women she readily outranks.
Remy, on the other hand, is an actual menace. She can rap, she has the ensuring compliance with the hip-hop community, and she didnt come up on a Disney channel show or the bumpy streets of Reading, Pennsylvania. In other words, Remys diss line objection is one of the most difficult roadblocks Nickis faced as the self-proclaimed queen of hip-hop. Followers waited with bated breath and queued up GIFs to see how Nicki would clap back. Would she readily squash mutiny like Drake, or choke like her ex-boyfriend Meek Mill? Would she dig up brand-new grime on Remy, or consider herself too successful to enter the ring with a reality Tv starring?
At first, Minaj seemed to favor a when they start low-pitched, “theres going” high approach. Unfortunately , no one been said that taking the high road also applies to social media. While Minaj may have been trying to send the content that she was above Remys below-the-belt assaults , nothing articulates I am not above these below the belt attacks quite like writing and then deleting multiple social media posts. When Trey Songz appeared to be tittering off Remys accusations on Twitter, writing, wake up to brand-new slapstick everyday, Minaj wasted no time assaulting her former collaborator. Lol. Wut u SHOULD b saying is that its not true, searing as its not, she insisted in a series of now-deleted tweets, adding, I done gotchu 6 million plaques. She likewise attempted to pull Beyonc into her mess, sharing and then rapidly deleting an Instagram of Bey calling her the rap queen. While we all wish Beyonc could contend our struggle for us, even Bey cant save you from yourself.
After briefly falling victim to her own worst instincts, Minaj really did start to rise above it, making a number of flashy looks at Paris Fashion Week and releasing a brand-new app. Of track, Minaj was never will now be able reclaim her throne with some high fashion pasties and in-app acquire money. Practically 2 weeks after the ShETHER drop, Nicki finally got around to a real answer. To be fair, it was actually three racetracksNo Frauds, Regret In Your Tears, and Changed It. For her triumphant yield, Minaj teamed up with her Young Money crew of Drake and Lil Wayne, because when three of the most difficult names in hip-hop collaborate, fans listen up. No Frauds immediately hopped to the No. 1 slot on iTunes, making good on the scoff Minaj included in an Instagram caption: Here at Young Money, we dont do diss registers, we decline HIT RECORDS& diss u ON them. In round one of Remy Ma vs. Nicki Minaj, Nickis popularity and profits will ever afford her a leg up. At the end, Minaj is a bigger star than Remy, and when she liberates brand-new music, she instantaneously maps. Meanwhile, Remy is cashing VH1 checks.
Of course, Remy knows that Nicki has a bigger followingshes only questioning if she has the authenticity and the aptitude to continues her throne. So No Frauds, which disses Remy but barely obliterates her, isnt the comeback Nicki needed to end this conflict once and for all. In reality, by leaning on Drake and Wayne after Remy accused her of riding the two rappers, um, coattails, Nicki is actually playing into Remys narrative. At the same hour, Nicki is way too big a starring to come for Remy like she came for her; airing out all that dirty laundry would be a bad lookderivative at best, and needlessly cruel at the worst. Pressed to protect her reputation but style too famous to be dragging other rappers for complete filth, Minaj is stuck in her petty version of the high road.
Minaj more or less copped to her own limiteds in a recent Instagram hyping the brand-new racetracks, writing, The greats took 3 months to respond to diss registers. Queens dont move on peasant hour. Queens shut down Paris, then drop makes on #QueenTimeNext week Ill thumped Aretha for the most Hot 100 makes on billboard by Most women in “the worlds” EVER in the history of music. Stay in your bum ass home. Jealousy gets u nowhere. Minaj likewise offered half a million dollars to Remy if u can volume ANY show or interview w/ o mentioning the Queen name. Remy is certainly utilizing her Minaj diss track to rehab her own image, but that doesnt necessitate shes not a real menace. Nicki might have the makes, but Remy has the bars to bury her.