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Rap Rivalry: The Nicki Minaj vs. Megan Thee Stallion showdown at CVHS

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From the Billboard Music Awards

The beef between Nicki Minaj and Megan Thee Stallion has been simmering for years, with tensions recently escalating.

It all began innocently enough in Aug. 2019 when Megan enlisted Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign for the sizzling summer anthem “Hot Girl Summer,” which soared to the top of the charts and marked Megan’s first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Rhythmic Airplay chart. However, cracks in their relationship started to show when Megan teamed up with Cardi B for the steamy track “WAP” in August 2020, igniting rivalry rumors as Cardi and Minaj had their well-publicized feud. 

Things took a more direct turn in March 2023 when Minaj dropped “Red Ruby Da Sleeze,” a track that seemed to throw subtle shade at Megan. Lines like “I don’t f ** k with horses since Christopher Reeves,” hinted at a rift. The tension escalated further in Jan. 2024 when Megan released “Hiss,” which many interpreted as a direct hit at Minaj’s husband, Kenneth Petty. This prompted Minaj to make a comeback with “Big Foot,” released on Instagram Live, where she took aim at Megan’s late mother and referenced the incident where Megan was shot in the foot by Tory Lanez. This constant back-and-forth has kept fans on edge, wondering where this feud will lead next.

The ongoing feud between Megan Thee Stallion and Nicki Minaj has ignited a firestorm across the internet in recent weeks. This clash has deeply divided social media, leaving users to pick sides: Team Nicki or Team Megan? The tension between these two powerhouse artists has not only sparked a debate in the internet but also within Carnegie Vanguard High School.

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Sophomores Samuel and Yamil Lerma, self-proclaimed rap and hip-hop enthusiasts, are proud proclaimers of their allegiance to the “Barbz,” a term coined by Nicki Minaj for her devoted fanbase. One of the brothers confessed that during a period of being grounded, he found himself repeatedly listening to Nicki Minaj’s song “Anaconda.”

However, their loyalty later shifted after hearing Nicki Minaj’s response song, Bigfoot, even stating that “This will go down in history as the day Nicki Minaj lost a rap battle,” Samuel Lerma declared, indicating a significant turning point in his admiration for the artist.

The experience led him to question his Barb identity, with a newfound conviction that “Megan is the queen of rap now.”

 Their assessment of Nicki Minaj’s new song “Big Foot” as resembling “a seventh grader trying to start a rap career” further underscores their disillusionment with Minaj’s recent work. 

CVHS Sophomore Ebraheem Badarna is a dedicated fan of both Nicki Minaj and Megan Thee Stallion, affectionately referring to them as “black queens.” For Ebraheem, these artists hold significant meaning, embodying strength and representation within the music industry. However, Ebraheem expresses concern over the ongoing feud between the two, emphasizing, 

“They mean a lot to me, so I don’t like this beef going on.” He longs for reconciliation between his musical idols, hoping to see them set aside their differences and come together.

When interviewing Sophomore Nina Pinglay, she shared a thoughtful perspective on the ongoing feud between Nicki Minaj and Megan Thee Stallion.

 “I think there comes a line that can’t be drawn when it comes to dissing people,” Nina expressed, highlighting the delicate balance between playful banter and outright disrespect in the space of diss tracks.

She emphasized the importance of discerning between “funny diss tracks” and instances of “blatant disrespect,” suggesting that while playful jabs can be entertaining, crossing certain boundaries can lead to harm or unnecessary conflict.

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Charlie Smith, Staff Writer
Charlie Smith is a Sophomore at CVHS. Charlie would describe herself as loud and amazing. She loves the color purple, specifically Lilac. Although she wouldn’t describe herself as a fan of any specific person, she would “ jam “ out to anything playing. She runs cross country, track, and dance (which is her favorite). She says she feels most calm, “like another person”, when she dances. Her go-to closet staple is her low-rise, deep blue jeans. She commonly goes for a 90s look when she puts her outfits together.
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