News: Birdman Weighs Money Over Everything In Nicki Minaj's Latest Beef

Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 8:50AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Cash Money Records CEO Birdman has weighed in on Nicki Minaj's recent publicized feud with fellow "American Idol" panelist Mariah Carey and said it was never a legitimate beef.

In the music executive's eyes, money clearly killed the speculation of Nicki and Mariah having a serious problem with one another.

As the judges on "American Idol" are working toward narrowing down the top 24 contestants, some still wonder how Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey will fare together when the show starts to go live. Though they have had not-so-kind words in the past, Bird doesn't believe there is a problem at all. "I don't consider it beef, they both getting paid to do a job and they're just doing their job," he said. "Ain't nobody get hurt, so it ain't no big deal." Nicki's progression as an artist and a businesswoman is much more interesting to Baby, who gives Minaj his full support. "I saw the whole play, been a part of it so I think it's amazing. We ain't never had a female in the business to accomplish what she's accomplishing, period," he said. "I never saw a woman in this business, especially in my time of doing this, work as hard as her." (MTV)

A few weeks ago, Young Money boss Lil Wayne passed up on giving his take on the publicized tensions both artists had.

Lil Wayne trusted Nicki Minaj's judgment when she said "American Idol" was not his type of show due to its drama. That's why the Young Money rap mogul didn't watch the singing competition even though his former protege was on it as part of the judging panel. "When I talk to her she's always tells me, 'You don't wanna watch that, you're not going to be into it,' " he told the Associated Press. "She knows me. ... It's kind of like a catfight where they be going back and forth type of thing, I'm not into all that," he referred to her feud with fellow judge Mariah Carey. (Ace Showbiz)

Last month, both Nicki and Mariah briefly addressed their publicized war of words.

One critic asked each woman to say something nice about the other. While the crowd held their breath, Minaj began, calling Carey one of her favorite all-time artists and the shaper of a generation of singers. Carey seemed to have more trouble talking about something other than herself but eventually got around to talking about working with Minaj on a single and realizing that Minaj was an artist who would go far. That single: "Up Out My Face." Carey called the title "ironic." (Washington Post)

Nicki turned things up a notch when she playfully brought up the impact her alleged sex tape had on bringing them together.

One critic wondered how they came to kiss and make up. "I put on my sex tape," Minaj responded. "And, there it is," Carey said, rolling her eyes. The cacophony that ensued made it hard to understand what the two women were saying. Carey appeared to be talking about everyone being able to agree on the wonderfulness of her new shoes -- also Louboutins, only strappier and not so high as Minaj's and with little puffs at the toe. Minaj, meanwhile, continued to discuss the merits of her sex tape as a peacekeeping device. (Washington Post)

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