Rappers Cardi B and Nicki Minaj have been pitted against each other. The latest development finds Minaj allegedly throwing shade at the Met Gala.
Throwing Shade Or Making Headlines?
During a red carpet interview, Minaj called out her so-called nemesis. While discussing her look, which she described as being in the style of a "temptress" or a "seductress," the rapper made a thinly-veiled reference to Cardi, according to certain commentators.
"You know what, because I'm the bad guy. And I wanted to make sure that the bad guy was here," she said, glaring into the camera.
Although many rushed to suggest Minaj was referring to her contemporary, there's been little evidence to confirm anything. The rapper might have played up the tension for her own good, as she subsequently made a reference to her new album, which drops next month.
There Have Been Rumblings For A While
Their so-called feud goes way back. The two ladies collaborated on the Migos track "Motorsport" just last year, but a subsequent interview with Cardi seemed to suggest that Minaj's original verse included a crude reference to her. There was a last minute change, but not at the "Bodak Yellow" hit-maker's request.
Minaj later took to Twitter to claim it wasn't her fault, and that there was something dodgy going on behind the scenes.
"How can you say someone changed their verse & forgot to say Quavo TOLD me to remove my singing part (which I loved) & Atlantic told me to remove your name from my verse per your request? So how were those changes gonna happen if I didn't "change" my verse?" she tweeted at the time.
Minaj later admitted in an interview that she wasn't happy with how she turned out as the bad guy. However, she also acknowledged that Cardi had spoken nicely of her in recent press.
"It hurt my feelings to know that people would watch me be slaughtered and not one person will step in to say the truth. They will run with the lie, they'll allow people to run with the lie because it's entertaining to make Nicki seem like the bad guy...up until this recent interview that she did, I had never seen her show me genuine love in an interview," she said, in reference to a recent interview Cardi had done.
Is It All A Media Creation?
Even though the rumor mill went into overdrive following Minaj's interview, she and Cardi were later papped warmly embracing inside the Gala.
The two shared a sweet moment inside, both dressed in full regalia in keeping with the event's "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" theme.
Jeremy Scott, of Moschino, designed Cardi's impressive, jewel-encrusted dress and matching headpiece, and watched on as the pair chatted happily.
It seems this particular feud might be another sad example of famous, powerful women being pitted against each other by the media purely because of the position they're both in.