The “Queen of Rap,” Nicki Minaj has been absent from social media since February, but don’t worry Barbs she is back with a new interview and some hopeful news.
Last year the rap legend reunited with her former manager Fendi on an episode of Queen Radio, and yesterday she returned the favor by guest starring on the premiere episode of his podcast That’s a Fendi Morning Show. After not haven spoken in over a decade, Fendi apprehensively confronted Minaj about their fallout, and the ultimate severance of their communication, friendship and business partnership. They also touched on their evolution as individuals and how it has brought them here today.
For those of you who may not be familiar with Fendi, he is widely known for initially discovering Minaj early in her career, and was the first to sign her before anyone else could. In fact, on Queen Radio back in January, when Nicki asked 50 Cent why he didn’t sign her back in the day, he said it was “cause of [Big] Fendi.”
On top of their past issues from 2008, the two had another fall out this past summer when she blasted him on Queen Radio. “The mistake you made was that you thought I was some brainless ho that you was going to tell what to do,” she said about her former manager. They later reconciled their differences and now, the two reunited once more to discuss their relationship in more depth.
“Actually, we haven’t had a conversation in how many years? 2008? Last time I seen you was in 2008,” Fendi said. He then added that he knew that he had to sit down with Nicki at some point because “moving on in life and trying to prosper, you can’t hold no grudges.”
The tea began to boil when Fendi expressed that he felt Minaj never gave him the credit he truly deserved for introducing her to the world. Nicki asks Fendi why he was going around dissing her, and Fendi responded by saying “Part of it was, like, I felt like I started something,” he said. “And you didn’t reap the benefits of it,” Nicki interjected before he could even agree. “At the end of the day, I feel like you didn’t give me my credit,” Fendi went on to say. What most troubled him was that Lil Wayne was celebrated for “putting her on.”
Despite Fendi’s sentiments the superstar upholds that everyone already knows how she got her start, and that they’re relationship was already falling apart before she really made it big. Nevertheless, it seems as though the two have patched things up and made their peace.
You can watch Minaj reflect on her 15 years in the game, tease her upcoming fifth album, discuss the role complexion plays in hip-hop, and reveal how she’s actively scouting talent for her label below.