The rapper’s beef with the singer started in August, when Cyrus weighed in on Minaj’s Twitter miscommunication with Taylor Swift . In an interview for The New York Times, Cyrus said she hadn’t followed the social media spat because of Minaj’s angry approach. “If you do things with an open heart and you come at things with love, you would be heard and I would respect your statement. But I don’t respect your statement because of the anger that came with it.
And it’s not anger like, ‘Guys, I’m frustrated about some things that are a bigger issue.’ You made it about you. Not to sound like a bitch, but that’s like, ‘Eh, I didn’t get my VMA.’ If you want to make it about race, there’s a way you could do that. But don’t make it just about yourself. Say: ‘This is the reason why I think it’s important to be nominated. There’s girls everywhere with this body type.’ What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind. It’s not very polite. I think there’s a way you speak to people with openness and love.”
“You don’t have to start this pop star against pop star war,” she added.
When Minaj won the VMA for Best Hip-Hop Video for “Anaconda” days later, she fired back at Cyrus, saying, “Back to this bitch who had a lot to say about me the other day in the press. Miley, what’s good?” Cyrus appeared to be shocked but tried to play it cool when the camera panned to her. “We all do interviews. We all know how they manipulate s–t,” she insisted. “Congratuf–kinglations, Nicki.”
Two months later, Minaj refused to back down.
“The fact that you feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls,” the musician said in a cover story for The New York Times Magazine‘s Culture Issue, out Oct. 11. “You’re in videos with black men, and you’re bringing out black women on your stages, but you don’t want to know how black women feel about something that’s so important? Come on, you can’t want the good without the bad.
If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us. You shouldn’t not want to know that.”
Speaking of drama, Minaj bristled when asked about her boyfriend Meek Mill‘s feud with Drake. “They’re men, grown-ass men,” she said. “It’s between them.”
“I hate it,” Minaj admitted. “It doesn’t make me feel good. You don’t ever want to choose sides between people you love. It’s ridiculous. I just want it to be over.”
Asked if she thrives on drama, Minaj shut the interviewer down.
“That’s disrespectful,” she said. “Why would a grown-ass woman thrive off drama?”
The interviewer was also referring to the internal drama at Cash Money Records involving Lil Wayne and Birdman, which set her off. “That’s the typical thing that women do. What did you putting me down right there do for you? Women blame women for things that have nothing to do with them. I really want to know why—as a matter of fact, I don’t,” she said.
“Can we move on, do you have anything else to ask? To put down a woman for something that men do, as if they’re children and I’m responsible, has nothing to do with you asking stupid questions, because you know that’s not just a stupid question. That’s a premeditated thing you just did.”
Minaj called her interviewer, Vanessa Grigoriadis, “rude” and “a troublemaker.” The rapper added, “Do not speak to me like I’m stupid or beneath you in any way.”
Finally, she told Grigoriadis, “I don’t care to speak to you anymore.”