Nicki Minaj and Cardi B fans battle it out as both rappers hint at dropping new music this week
Rappers Nicki Minaj and Cardi B both dropped hints that new music is on the way and fans are already gearing up for an epic battle and showdown between the feuding rivals. Cardi B hopped on Instagram Live on May 23 to chat with fans and pour herself a few drinks. During the live chat she revealed, "My single is coming very, very soon, okay guys," and then jokingly added, "My single is coming when I lose weight. Never!" She then stated, "Nah, it's coming real soon, I swear. And y'all gon' love it."
For the rapper this would mark her first release since her 2018 debut album 'Invasion of Privacy', which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and earned Cardi a Grammy in 2019 for 'Best Rap Album', making her the first solo female to win the award. She continued to promote the album throughout the year and it became the most-streamed female rap album in December. Earlier this year, it also nabbed the distinction of being the first debut female rap album to spend 100 weeks on the Billboard 200.
Since then, Cardi has teased new music for her sophomore album multiple times, releasing the promotional singles 'Press', 'Money' and 'Please Me' featuring Bruno Mars all the while joking that she would title the album 'Tiger Woods'. "I think I'm going to name my album Tiger Woods," she said on IG Live. "I think I'm going to call it Tiger Woods because, remember when everybody was talking s**t on Tiger Woods, like ‘Oh blah blah, blah blah this, blah blah that,' and then he f***ing came and won that green jacket? That’s what I’m going to name my album."
Now that the rapper has confirmed her lead single will drop soon, her fandom — known as the Bardigang — are ecstatic. "#CardiBisComing!!!!!! LETS GOOOOOOO!!!!!!!" tweeted one fan, another stated, "#CardiBisComing I can't wait." One fan said, "Whew Chile! Rip my wig apart sis! #CardiBIsComing." Another tweet read, "Most anticipated female rap album, even anticipated by her 'haters'. #CardiBIsComing." One more said, "She is coming to make history yet again! And will always leave you wondering how she does it #CardiBIsComing."
But just as Cardi B stans were nearing the 50k mark on their #CardiBIsComing hashtag, they noticed something interesting happening with the trending topics. #NickiMinajIsComing began trending and following right behind. "This is peak obsession," claimed one member of the Bardigang, adding, "I don’t care who u stan... cardi’s fans were just minding their business and trying to show support for her / seek help, and quickly #CardiBisComing," along with screenshots of the two trends.
But despite it seeming like the Barbz (Nicki's fandom) were deliberately trying to steal Cardi's spotlight, they might have an actual reason to believe Nicki might be dropping new music soon. For starters, as more people take to doing live concerts and participating in 'Verzuz' battles, fans have been treated to snippets of unreleased tracks featuring Nicki, including collaborations with Ty Dolla Sign, Juice WRLD, Jeremih, Asap Ferg, MadeInTyo, Mr Eazi and Major Lazor. As one Barb stated, "Nickis unreleased songs make more noise than these btches new sht #NickiMinajisComing (sic)."
But it is one collab in particular that has the Barbz talking. The rumored 6ix9ine and Nicki track that is slated for a May 29 release. One fan tweeted, "#nickiminajiscoming trending omg new collabs im praying for nic9ine collab." While another shared, "Nicki we cant stand this silence #NickiMinajIsComing." Despite the mounting rumors, neither Nicki nor 6ix9ine have shed any light on whether the collaboration is happening or not.
Nonetheless, Nicki did drop a very subtle hint on Twitter.
On May 23, the same day Cardi dropped the news of her upcoming single, 6ix9ine shared a post on Instagram stating he would let fans pick the title of the song. As suggestions poured in, the rapper's friend and blogger DJ Akademiks suggested 'Taco'. 6ix9ine also shared another post later, confirming the song's Friday release and revealing someone would be featuring on it. Only a few days prior, Nicki tweeted a taco emoji, and following 6ix9ine's posts, fans were quick to make the connection.
"The rap genius #NickiMinajIsComing," tweeted one fan, while another shared, "WE LIVE FOR THESE COLLABS!!!! #NickiMinajIsComing." And one fan demanded, "If #NickiMinajIsComing, so should her documentary and her fifth album along with a new fragrance." Minaj has previously collaborated with 6ix9ine on the tracks 'Fefe' and 'Mama', released as part of his 2018 debut album 'Dummy Boy'.
Cardi and Nicki's infamous feud goes all the way back to 2017, with many perceiving comments and rap lyrics from the two as them taking subtle shots at each other despite both the artists denying any beef existed between them. But after the two began taking more direct shots at one another, things took a violent turn in 2018 as the two found themselves in a physical altercation that left Cardi with a visible bump on her forehead. Naturally, both the Bardigang and the Barbz are gearing up for a war. And polls pitting the two women against one another have already surfaced, such as this tweet that reads, "Who you got / Rt for Nicki / Like for Cardi." Many others, however, have chosen to stay out of it, tweeting, "Me watching the barbz and the Bardi gang fighting for the top spot on Twitter #NickiMinajIsComing #CardiBisComing."
But regardless of which camp you are in, one thing is certain is it's going to be a big week for rap music.