Nicki Minaj joined Budden and his co-hosts for the latest episode of The Joe Budden Podcast on Wednesday (Aug. 14). Minaj had some choice words for Rick Ross when Mal asked her who she thought was the better rapper between Rozay and The Game.
She said she dislikes artists using another artist’s name to stir up controversy to help sell records. Specifically, Minaj referenced Ross name-dropping her on his 2017 track “Apple of My Eye.” “I told Meek I wouldn’t trust Nicki/ Instead of beefing with your dog, you just give ’em some distance,” Ross rapped.
“When a grown-ass fucking man name-drops a woman and disses a woman to sell an album when I was the only person in your artist’s corner when everyone turned their back on them,” she said.
Minaj recalled a text Ross sent to Meek Mill calling her a keeper after she stood up for him and his battle with the criminal justice system when speaking to Barack Obama during his presidency. “‘This chick is a keeper. She went in a room full of rappers and spoke to Obama and the first thing out of her mouth was about you and figuring out your probation situation and why you’re still on probation after all these years,'” Nicki remembered.
Nicki then brought up the recent back-and-forth between Rozay and 50 Cent that has rehashed their longtime feud. “And then you come out on an album when it’s time to sell some weak-ass fucking album and try to disrespect Nicki Minaj, and now you try to disrespect 50? Try to hope 50 would respond to your nonsense this time? Boy, sit your fat ass down.
In a new interview with The Breakfast Club, Ross talked about his new book and Port of Miami 2. He also responded to Nicki, attempting to defuse the situation after she belatedly responded to the line.
“I mean, if somebody went to meet Obama with you, she is a keeper until you find out otherwise,” said Rozay at the 33:20 mark of the interview. “She was around me a few times but other than that, she was a huge talent but she was playing a very important position at the time. She was in between Meek and Drake at the time. And what she don’t know, and what she might not understand coming from a big homie like myself, playing that position, that was a very fragile role.”
Around the time of her meeting with President Obama was when Meek Mill and Drake were taking shots at each other, claimed Ross. “And it would be very easy to put that responsibility on her. But that ain’t what I tried to make it to,” he added. “But most definitely when I seen it go sour, it would be easy to assume she may have had something to do with that and if somebody tells you they didn’t, they’re lying. But everybody moved forward. She moved forward, she doing her thing. I’m happy to see her do that.”
Watch the full interview above.