This summer’s highest profile rap beef between Drake and Meek Mill may have settled for now, but in a new story with the New York Times, Nicki Minaj, who has a long friendship with Drake and is dating Meek Mill, addresses the conflict.
When asked about their public feud, she said, “They’re men, grown-ass men. It’s between them.” Times reporter Vanessa Grigoriadis writes, “How does it make you feel, I ask?” Minaj’s response: “I hate it. It doesn’t make me feel good. You don’t ever want to choose sides between people you love. It’s ridiculous. I just want it to be over.”
Grigoriadis then asked Minaj if she “thrives on drama,” alluding to the rappers’ dispute. Minaj responded: “That’s disrespectful. Why would a grown-ass woman thrive off drama?”
Minaj continued: “What do the four men you just named have to do with me thriving off drama? Why would you even say that? That’s so peculiar. Four grown-ass men are having issues between themselves, and you’re asking me do I thrive off drama?”
She then addressed how Grigoriadis’ question was “rude” and was used to put her down: “That’s the typical thing that women do. What did you putting me down right there do for you? Women blame women for things that have nothing to do with them. I really want to know why — as a matter of fact, I don’t. Can we move on, do you have anything else to ask? To put down a woman for something that men do, as if they’re children and I’m responsible, has nothing to do with you asking stupid questions, because you know that’s not just a stupid question. That’s a premeditated thing you just did.”
Grigoriadis reports that Minaj ended the conversation: “Do not speak to me like I’m stupid or beneath you in any way … I don’t care to speak to you anymore.”
Minaj purposefully stayed above Meek Mill and Drake’s drama this summer, and instead spent time promoting her Pink Print tour, which spanned the summer and featured Meek as one of the openers.