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Nicki Minaj's Iconic 'Monster' Verse Almost Didn't Happen

Nicki Minaj's Iconic 'Monster' Verse Almost Didn't Happen

Nicki Minaj's Iconic 'Monster' Verse Almost Didn't Happen

Ms. Minaj's verse on the Kanye West track is ICONIC — but did you know it almost didn't happen?!?

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If you don’t know all the words to Nicki Minaj’s verse in the 2010 song "Monster," are you even gay? (Okay, obviously yes, but that verse is an iconic one to so many gay men.)

This week marked the anniversary of the release of Kanye West’s critically-acclaimed album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and in honor of the occasion, Nicki Minaj took to Instagram to write a post specifically about her memorable verse on "Monster" (which was the 6th song on the album) — and how it almost didn't happen.

Apparently, Kanye was worried that Nicki would upstage him, and didn’t want to include her verse. (There’s fragile masculinity and having a big ego, and then there’s Kanye, who takes it to a whole new level.) In an hour-long phone call, Nicki assuaged Kanye’s guilt, assuring Yeezy that he would still be the star of the show. She even recalled telling him, "YOU’RE KANYE WEST!!!!"

 

7 year anniversary of #Monster Kanye called me to tell me Jay put a verse on this song & that he was still deciding if he would put it on his album. Haha. It was like an hour long call where I tried to convince him to let the song stay on his album. He felt this verse would end up being the talk of the album. I said: YOU’RE KANYE WEST!!!! I became the first female rapper to perform @ Yankee Stadium on the JAY/Eminem stadium tour. When I saw him, Jay said: “when u got so nice”? I said: “I been nice”! Ha! Kanye, thank you for being the genius you are. You always put others first. I fought u every step of the way but it worked out. (He wanted me to add more of that growling monster voice and I felt it was over kill.) He wouldn’t give in. In the end, maybe he was right. Ha! - this song featured Barbie and Roman. Chyna was my stunt double in the video. (Due to her ASSets). Amber had spoken highly of me to Ye n pushed for him to meet with me. The rest is history. Ye, Jay, Em...All 3 of them helped me in some way. Love

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All we can say is THANK GOD her verse didn't get cut. Nicki, you truly are a mother f#cking monster! 

Now let's take a trip down memory lane... (And let's be real, you still know ALL the words, even all these years later!)

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Zachary Zane

Zachary Zane is a writer, YouTube influencer, and activist whose work focuses on (bi)sexuality, gender, dating, relationships, and identity politics. Check out his YouTube channel here.

Zachary Zane is a writer, YouTube influencer, and activist whose work focuses on (bi)sexuality, gender, dating, relationships, and identity politics. Check out his YouTube channel here.