Has Cardi B 'built her career from sympathy and payola' like Nicki Minaj believes?
The Nicki and Cardi public brawl has emerged as the beef of the year, and while we're not taking sides, Nicki's words do ring a few bells
Just a day ago, Nicki Minaj decided to break her silence on the very public brawl with her rival, Cardi B. It had started with Cardi claiming Nicki had passed comments about her daughter at the Harpers Bazaar Icon party and ended with Cardi allegedly throwing a shoe at Nicki for the same.
And when the time came for Nicki to share her side of the tale, she did not hold back during her Queen radio interview's eighth episode. She went for Cardi's past as a stripper - but not in a derogatory way. Instead, her allegations were something along the lines of Cardi milking that struggling past too much to acquire a career from 'sympathy and payola.'
Nicki's rant on the topic — in bits and pieces — can be bundled as follows. "The way [these upper echelon people] passed by looking at this disgusting commotion, I was mortified," she began. "How we (and I’m going to use WE loosely) made ourselves look was mortifying. People always need to make Onika the bad guy ... If you’re right, you never have to make someone the bad guy. Just speak your truth. So very often I let a lot of people do a lot of bullsh*t talking about me, and the world believes it. But people don't know what kind of disgusting pig this person is!"
She also addressed Cardi's recently erratic behavior, including the one instance where she got a woman beat up just because her husband, Offset, had cheated on her with the said woman. "Let's get up a 1-800 number for postpartum depression," she said. "The Lord gave you a blessing of a beautiful bundle of joy, and the only thing on your mind is to attack women? You getting girls beat up because of what you're man's doing? You're angry and you're sad, get this woman some f*cking help."
And then it became about Cardi's allegedly extra-milking of her past struggles as a stripper. "I'm not one of these b*tches in the strip club or on a reality show. My money is very f*cking long too," he said. "How you feel taking money and food out these [strippers] mouths when this was how you fed your family not too long ago? You came from this environment and this is what you do to the other girls now."
Other bits of her rant included proclamations like, "I have no beef with Offset, but I have to be a voice for these women ... This is not about Offset, there's a hurt woman out here running wild," and, "I've never stopped a bag, definitely not any of yours. But you've definitely stopped other women's bags."
But the most poignant part about that rant was Nicki explaining why Cardi and her team would make up a false accusation of her coming at Cardi's baby, Kulture.“You knew that when that footage came out you would look dumb,” she said, about the very viral recording of the fight. “I didn’t even feel the need to defend myself that night. ...She has built her career off of sympathy and payola."
For those unaware of the term payola, it's simply the idea of 'pay for play'. Meaning, an illegal practice in the music industry where an artist pays the radio to play their song repeatedly.
Now the real question is - how far are Nicki's allegations true? Well, for starters, Cardi's lyrics speak too explicitly of her past as a stripper. Take for example her song 'Bickenhead', where the lyrics go something like, "Pop that p*ssy on the pole, pop that p*ssy on the stove/ Make that p*ssy slip and slide like you from the 305/ Put your tongue out in the mirror, pop that p*ssy while you drive/ Spread them a**cheeks open, make that p*ssy crack a smile."
While most of these lyrics are believed to be Cardi owning up to her past unapologetically, promoting respect for the profession of stripping, it does get a little too repetitive. She did say in a Cosmopolitan interview, "People say, ‘Why do you always got to say that you used to be a stripper? We get it'." And her answer to that was, "Because y’all don’t respect me because of it, and y’all going to respect these strippers from now on." She even added, "Just because somebody was a stripper don’t mean they don’t have no brain.”
And while that is a 100 percent true, it sort of appears that it's all she has going for a muse. Even the way she goes about owning her past seems like a latent call for sympathy. "Went from making tuna sandwiches to making the news/ I started speaking my mind and tripled my views/ Real bitch, only thing fake is the boobs."
But if one has struggled that much and feels that strongly about anybody making a jab at their child, why would they go to the extent of calling somebody else's child a 'monkey' on Instagram, as Nicki so rightfully points out? At the same time, Nicki played a clip on her interview, where Cardi can be heard telling The Fader, "Nothing is off-limits [when it comes to beefs]. I hate when some people come at me like, 'Why you coming at kids for?' I'm my mother's baby."
So Cardi stands here slightly contradicting her own self. And while it might be difficult to pick and take a side in what has been labeled the beef of the year, we're not saying Nicki is entirely right, but she isn't completely wrong either.