In Loving Memory of Nicki Minaj

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate the career of Onika Tanya Maraj.

On Feb. 25, Nicki Minaj’s extremely successful career was cut short due to the hard-hitting ball of fire known as “ShETHER,” a diss track released by fellow female rapper Remy Ma.

You may remember Remy Ma as the female rapper featured on the 2004 hit song “Lean Back” by Fat Joe and the Terror Squad. She released one moderately successful album in 2005 called There’s Something About Remy: Based on a True Story. Unfortunately, Remy Ma’s career was put on hold from 2008 until 2014 while she went to prison for assault, illegal weapon possession and attempted coercion.

What exactly caused Remy to completely annihilate the career and reputation of our dearly departed sister, Nicki? This feud began way back in 2007 when Minaj may or may not have referenced Remy in her freestyle “Dirty Money.” It has been speculated that Minaj denounced Remy Ma’s claim of being the Queen of Rap. However, the two ladies have seemed quite supportive of each other. When Remy was in prison, Minaj often exclaimed, “Free Remy” during interviews, and in 2016, Remy Ma tweeted, “Congrats to @NICKIMINAJ for your BET female rapper of the year 2016 award.”

But, after a series of lyrical “subtweets” embedded in songs, it seems as though neither of the rappers is ready to let go of the crown for the queen of rap. Nicki was recently featured on Jason Derulo’s “Swalla” and Gucci Mane’s “Make Love,” where she included lyrics in both tracks that appear to throw jabs at Remy. In “Make Love” she raps, You see, silly rabbit, to be the queen of rap/You gotta sell records, you gotta get plaques/S, plural like the S on my chest.” Cue the ominous music…

On Feb. 25, less than 48 hours after the two songs were released, QUEEN Remy Ma released “ShETHER,” a song that used the instrumentals from Nas’s 2001 diss track called “Ether.” In the song, Remy uses almost seven minutes to attack nearly all aspects of Nicki Minaj’s career, relationships and many other things, including accusations that Minaj needs ghostwriters, popped her butt implants and the 2015 child rape case that her brother Jelani Maraj was charged with. Remy then released another song on March 2, “Another One,” where she attacks Minaj for not yet responding.

For Nicki’s sake, I wish someone would have told her to peacefully take the “L” and continue to live her life. Nope. Instead someone filled her head with lies and convinced her that it would be a great idea to respond. Most music fans probably face-palmed themselves when Nicki released “No Frauds,” which includes verses from her friends and accused ghostwriters, Drake and Lil’ Wayne.

This song did nothing for Nicki, except maybe lower her farther into the ground. The memes from fans and videos from fellow celebrities continue to throw dirt on her clearly marked grave, and pretty soon, Nicki’s career will be as deflated as the butt implant Remy Ma accused her of popping.

Remy Ma may have been locked up for six years, but she certainly knows how to make her presence felt. She has returned with grit and refuses to be another forgotten rapper in a male-dominated genre–a genre that has been male dominated from its inception in the late 70s, early 80s.

If you’re not familiar with the history of hip-hop diss tracks, here’s a list of some of the greatest tracks of all time:

  1. Ether by Nas, Target: Jay-Z
  2. Takeover by Jay-Z, Target: Nas
  3. Who Shot Ya by Notorious B.I.G., Target: 2Pac
  4. Back Down by 50 Cent, Target: Murder Inc. Roster (including Ja Rule)
  5. Hit ‘Em Up by 2Pac, Target: Mobb Deep, Puff Daddy (aka Diddy), Junior M.A.F.I.A., Lil’ Kim, The Notorious B.I.G., Chino XL
  6. Girls by Eminem, Target: Dilated Peoples, Everlast, Limp Bizkit
  7. Back to Back by Drake, Target: Meek Mill
  8. The B**** In Yoo by Common, Target: Ice Cube
  9. No Vaseline by Ice Cube, Target: Ruthless Records, N.W.A.
  10. Stan by Cam’Ron, Target: Stan Spit