Nicki mentioned Cardi's beau Offset in one of her songs. 1
Nicki did a verse on Katy Perry's distrack about Taylor Swift, which was released in May 2017 and the rapper also seemed to throw shots at her own rivals.
After that track was released, Cardi took to Instagram Live to talk to her fans saying her idols were now her rivals. 2
"I hate this s--t, I really, really do. A bitch like me, I was happier when I was macking in the hood. This s--t right here is so fake," she said during her live stream according to Billboard. “When I used to be a regular bitch from the Bronx--a hood b--ch--when somebody used to be fake to me it was cool because I could approach a bitch and punch her right in her closure. Now that I’m in the industry, you don’t work like that, just have to watch shit go, watch shit go. You gotta see people play you and just say nothing. That s--t is so wack, like that shit be breaking my heart because the people, your idols, become rivals."
Nicki's verse on "No Flag" raised, well, red flags. 3
"I heard these labels are trying to make another me / Everything you’re getting little hoe is because of me," she raps on the August 2017 track, and many fans thought it was addressing Cardi.
Cardi told Billboard she didn't want any dramas at the 2017 VMAs. 5
"I don’t want problems with anybody. I just want to make music and make money," Cardi said. "I don’t have time to look at other women and what they’re doing. I don’t have to do that whole industry beef, you know? I get it poppin’ with these hands."
Nicki sent a message of congratulations when Cardi hit No. 1 with "Bodak Yellow." 6
Cardi responded and things seem to be going well with them. "Thank you!! This means sooo much coming from you!! ❤️," she tweeted in response.
Their drama became public after the release of their song "MotorSport." 7
Both rappers contributed a verse to the Migos track, which was released in December 2017. What should've been a monumental moment for them as peers and for all female rappers quickly turned sour when both of them alleged that they weren't fully informed about each other's appearance on the song.
Both rappers appeared in the music video, but they did not film together. 8
"When I heard the track, her verse wasn’t finished--well, it’s not the verse that is out right now--and Quavo told me to get on the song, and I just felt like it was a perfect opportunity for me to be on a track that’s big like that," Cardi told Capital Xtra at the time, alluding to the fact that Nicki changed her verse after she heard Cardi's. Yikes.
Nicki only appeared in scenes by herself and along Migos member, Quavo. 9
Nicki also opened up about the collaboration in an interview with Zane Lowe. "The only thing with Cardi that really, really hurt my feelings was the first interview she did after ‘Motorsport’ came out. I remember when I first came in the game, if a female of that stature had done a feature with me on it, I would only be singing their praises and saying thank you. The first interview she did after ‘Motorsport’ came out, it just really hurt me. She looked so aggravated and angry and the only thing she said was, ‘Oh, I didn’t hear that. I didn’t hear that verse.’ I was like what?" she said. "It hurt my feelings to know that people would watch me be slaughtered and not one person will step in to say the truth. They will run with the lie, they’ll allow people to run with the lie because it’s entertaining to make Nicki seem like the bad guy ... up until this recent interview that she did, I had never seen her show me genuine love in an interview."
She also addressed the situation on Twitter. 11
She continued: "I could just imagine how many girls wish they could have been on a song with Nicki Minaj, and I’m not saying it in a cocky way, but yikes. It’s because of the Nicki hate parade that she felt the comfortability to address me in that manner."
They seemed to call a truce at the Met Gala. 12
The women seem to settle their issues at the Met Gala in May 2018, where they were spotted talking and hugging during the fashion event. Designer Jeremy Scott, who works with both rappers, shared the photo and captioned it: "1. BEEF IS FOR BURGERS 🍔! 2. I’M A VEGETARIAN 🌱3. I LOVE MY GIRLS @nickiminaj & @iamcardib 😍❤️😍 WE ALL GOOD."
Both rappers went back and forth about what made Cardi successful. 13
After Nicki alleged that Cardi's record label bought her success during the promo for her album Queen, the pair threw back and forth shots at each other.
Cardi sent a welcome home message to fellow rapper Kodak Black. 14
Cardi's big hit "Bodak Yellow" was inspired by the Florida rapper, so she sent him a welcome back message after he was released from jail in August 2018.
Fans shared apparent screenshots of Nicki liking a comment about Cardi supporting Kodak. 15
While some believed the image is Photoshopped, a fan called out Cardi for supporting Kodak who was arrested in 2016 for a allegedly sexually assaulting a woman after one of his concerts. Fans then shared screenshots that Nick had seemingly liked the tweet.
The brawl broke out at the Harper's Bazaar ICONS Party on Friday, September 7. 16
Cardi was heard yelling at Nicki saying not to like any more comments about her daughter. She then was seen throwing her shoes toward Nicki while security held her back and Nicki was protected by her security guards.
Just hours after the altercation, Cardi took to Instagram to explain her actions. 18
She said that Nicki had been attempting to sabotage her career by supposedly threatening other artists so that they didn't work with Cardi, among other things. She said that while she tried to talk about it in the past, Nicki denied everything but once she liked the tweets about how she's raising her daughter, Kulture, all bets were off.
Nicki seemed unbothered after the altercation. 19
Nicki returned to social media shortly after the fight to share photos of her outfit on Instagram.
Nicki addressed the fight two days after it all went down. 20
Nicki was on her radio show Queen Radio on Monday, September 10, and took aim at the "Bodak Yellow" rapper. Nicki kicked things off by playing a clip from a past interview that Cardi did saying nothing is off limits. "'I hate when some people come at me like, 'Oh Cardi, why are you coming at other people's kids?' I'm my mother's kids, nothing is off limits," Cardi said in the old snippet.
Nicki said she was "embarrassed" and "humiliated" by the event. 21
The "Starships" rapper made it clear that she didn't criticize Cardi's parenting or her baby. 22
"I would never discuss anyone's child. And it's so sad for someone to pin that on me. I would never talk about anyone's child or parenting, I don't give a s--t," she said. "If you're right in whatever you're doing, you never had to make anyone the bad guy. I would never speak of anyone's child. I am not a clown. That's clown s--t."