Young Money’s Nicki Minaj took her recent Billboard Top 200 battle extra personal. The hip-hop star went onto “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to dish on a flurry of topics including last month’s infamous tensions toward sudden rap rival Travis Scott.
During her appearance, Minaj kept things 100 on why she wanted to see Scott face-to-face.
“When someone says how they feel they’re not always upset or angry. I felt like I wanted to punch him in his f*cking face because the thing is – it’s about what’s right, what’s wrong and what’s fair. I’ve had a number two album and I’ve never cared. It’s just that when you have a number two album to someone that’s selling shirts and merch and selling passes for a tour that’s not even announced yet, it feels like you’re being tricked. It feels like someone’s playing a game and beating you at a game. I don’t feel like you’re selling music. I want to sell music. Yes. He sold a lot of t-shirts and sweaters and tour passes and we’re not going to have that. Yes. So I got to say he didn’t have the number one album, Queen is the number one and by the way I lost out on 12 hours of sales the first week because it was a secret album. I was going to drop it while it was on Queen Radio and then I didn’t and then 12 hours later it came out. To do such a huge number is a big deal. I want to make sure I say this because sometimes people think you’re ungrateful and I’m the most grateful person in the world. I love being grateful and remembering that things could be worse. I ‘m one of those people who, I get it. I don’t like being bullied and I don’t like being taken advantage of and sometimes people use scare tactics against you, because they know, especially as a black woman, that people will call you angry or bitter, and so now it’s almost like we’re not allowed to defend ourselves or stand up for ourselves and I’m not going to have that.”
Last month, Nicki Minaj ripped Scott’s manager during her Apple Music Queen Radio broadcast over touring issues.
“The ‘C**k Sucka of the day is Irving Azoff. And I’m gonna tell you why – allegedly, he tried to put out a smear campaign against my tour, and contacted people in the media to spread negative things about my tour.” (Queen Radio)
According to reports, Scott’s go-to Irving Azoff has close-knit ties to Ticketmaster.
She goes on to explain that Azoff is an authority figure at Ticketmaster, and also manages Scott. According to a Variety report from March, Azoff took over management for Scott earlier this year. Azoff has previously represented bands like Bon Jovi and The Eagles. The 70-year-old reportedly served as Chairman for Ticketmaster and oversaw their merger with Live Nation. (XXL Mag)
Recently, Nicki’s close pal Ariana Grande fired off a shot at Scott about getting some potential last-minute help in their album sales battle.
During a Sweetener Session at The Vic in Chicago Wednesday, Grande threw shade at Travis Scott, who’s been the target of numerous attacks by Minaj on both Queen Radio and Twitter. Grande’s manager, Scooter Braun, predicted onstage that her album would “100 percent” debut at No. 1. “We got three days left,” Grande said. “You don’t know what Travis could pull!” (E! Online)
Ariana shading Travis. You better! pic.twitter.com/k31On6KhRJ
— TSB (@ThatsSoBeyoncee) August 23, 2018
Those projections are looking great for hip-hop right now! Wow. s/o Hits Daily Double on the estimates! pic.twitter.com/YupzTAPm7p
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