Nicki Minaj Shades Megan Thee Stallion, Latto On "Red Ruby Da Sleeze"

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 14: Megan Thee Stallion attends the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Los Angeles Convention Center on March 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy ) NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Nicki Minaj attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 26: Latto attends the 2022 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for BET)
Fans believe Nicki Minaj threw shade at Megan Thee Stallion and Latto on her new single, "Red Ruby Da Sleeze."

Nicki Minaj doesn’t need to pop out but when she does, there’s certainly something worth addressing. And in recent months, the Pink Friday rapper has undoubtedly found herself trading words with a few of the new generation of rappers – many of which she’s influenced. Her issues with Latto took center stage when the Grammy nominations emerged. Her chart-topping single, “Super Freaky Girl” was shifted out of the rap categories, leading to a negative mention of Latto over the success of her massive hit record “Big Energy.”

On top of her issues with Latto, fans speculate that there’s been tension between Nicki and Megan Thee Stallion. Though Nicki embraced Meg when she first came on the scene, collaborating on “Hot Girl Summer,” it seemed as though things took a turn when “WAP” came out. Meg’s decision to work with Nicki’s nemesis ultimately severed their relationship and it seems that Nicki Minaj is out for blood these days.

Nicki Takes Shots At Megan

There’s a lot to unpack on Nicki’s “Red Ruby Da Sleeze,” especially the numerous subliminal shots she takes across the record. There are numerous points where she takes aim at the other women who are killing it in rap. She seemingly references Latto as a Karen, once again, when she raps, “We don't be Karen like Donna-na, na-na-na-na.” Nicki previously called Latto “Karen” during a back-and-forth on Twitter.

However, it’s the subtle aim at Megan Thee Stallion that feels prominent across the record. During the first verse, she raps, “700 on them horses when we fixin’ to leave/ But I don’t fuck with horses since Christopher Reeve.” Then, there’s a reference to Doritos, a brand that struck a deal with Megan Thee Stallion” “Dorito bitches mad that they not chose.” Finally, Nicki seemingly references allegations that Tory Lanez’s told Megan “dance, bitch” the night she was shot. “That .40 cal a make 'em dance like a go-go,” Nicki raps. All in all, fans are convinced that Nicki’s addressing a few of her adversaries in hip-hop. Check out the song above and a few reactions below.

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Aron A. is a features editor for HotNewHipHop. Beginning his tenure at HotNewHipHop in July 2017, he has comprehensively documented the biggest stories in the culture over the past few years. Throughout his time, Aron’s helped introduce a number of buzzing up-and-coming artists to our audience, identifying regional trends and highlighting hip-hop from across the globe. As a Canadian-based music journalist, he has also made a concerted effort to put spotlights on artists hailing from North of the border as part of Rise & Grind, the weekly interview series that he created and launched in 2021. Aron also broke a number of stories through his extensive interviews with beloved figures in the culture. These include industry vets (Quality Control co-founder Kevin "Coach K" Lee, Wayno Clark), definitive producers (DJ Paul, Hit-Boy, Zaytoven), cultural disruptors (Soulja Boy), lyrical heavyweights (Pusha T, Styles P, Danny Brown), cultural pioneers (Dapper Dan, Big Daddy Kane), and the next generation of stars (Lil Durk, Latto, Fivio Foreign, Denzel Curry). Aron also penned cover stories with the likes of Rick Ross, Central Cee, Moneybagg Yo, Vince Staples, and Bobby Shmurda.