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There is no Minaj v Azalea beef and everyone is happy

By | Published on Friday 4 July 2014

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj has responded to reports that she has a beef with Iggy Azalea. And Iggy Azalea has responded to Nicki Minaj’s response. And now if the bloody media could just leave it alone, everyone would be happy.

The alleged beef ’emerged’ at the BET Awards last week, when Minaj was seen apparently dancing sarcastically during Azalea’s performance of ‘Fancy’ at the event. Then, when she, and not Azalea, won the award for Best Female Hip Hop Artist, Minaj said in her speech: “What I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it”.

Ouch, clearly a dig at Azalea and her songwriting abilities there, right? An open and shut case, you might think. Many did. But apparently not. In a series of tweets, Minaj wrote: “The media puts words in my mouth all the time and this is no different. I will always take a stance on women writing because I believe in us! I believe we’re smart enough to write down our own thoughts and perspective, just like the men do. I’ve been saying this for FIVE YEARS”.

She then continued: “I fell in love with Lauryn Hill because I knew she was the author behind those amazingly profound and articulated songs on ‘The Miseducation’. I wondered how Lauryn tapped into my brain and wrote an album on love, betrayal, passion, pain, triumph, brokenness… Did she read minds? It’s the same reason I have a different level of respect for Missy. I know she’s a writer and a producer. Women MUST aspire for more”.

Finally, she commented on Azalea directly, saying: “I’ve congratulated Iggy on the success of ‘Fancy’, publicly. She should be very proud of that. All the women nominated should be proud. That will never change my desire to motivate women to write. Our voices have to be heard. I hope I inspire up and coming females to do that”.

Azalea responded on Instagram, saying: “I have to say the general explosion of pettiness online in the last few days is hard to ignore, and honestly… lame. If I had won the BET award that would’ve been great but it wasn’t my year and I don’t mind – so you shouldn’t either. Generally speaking I’m unbothered by anything that ‘happened’ at the BET Awards and just feel worn out by everyone trying to make me have wars with people all the time”.

So everyone, shush now.