Nicki Minaj seemingly calls Kanye West a ‘clown,’ cuts ‘Monster’ from festival set

Nicki Minaj stopped her set in New Orleans on Friday to seemingly throw shade at Kanye West.

During her headlining performance at the Essence Festival of Culture, the rapper, 39, told her DJ to pull the plug on “Monster,” a song she worked on with West, 45, in 2010.

“I’m ‘Monster’-ed out, and we don’t f–k with clowns,” she explained to the crowd, before changing the subject and saying she wanted to “give a shout-out to New Orleans.”

Nicki Minaj stopped her DJ from playing her “Monster” collaboration with West on Friday, telling the crowd, “We don’t f-k with clowns.”
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Interestingly enough, the apparent dig came on the same day Cardi B released her new song “Hot S–t,” which features West.

As many of her beloved Barbz know, Minaj has publicly feuded with Cardi, 29, in the past.

Though it’s unclear exactly why Minaj chose to seemingly throw shade at Ye during her set, some fans speculated that the two had a falling out. They believe tension built amid drama surrounding Ye’s God-centric album and the canceled release of their song “New Body.”

The two rappers were originally expected to release the song on the canceled album “Yandhi,” which was scrapped and replaced with West’s album “Jesus is King.”

Minaj spoke out in 2019 about the highly anticipated “New Body” collaboration with West, telling The Shade Room at the time that she and the Chicago-born rapper weren’t “seeing eye to eye on it.”

Minaj then admitted that there was some tension between the two artists and their never-released song in a February interview.

She claimed Ye had her rewrite her verse “four times over in order to fit into where [Kanye West] was creatively and spiritually, only to then go on the internet a few months later to see [West] on Drink Champs.”