Nicki Minaj almost had her verse cut from the Kanye West song “Monster.”
The tune was the third single off West’s album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. However, the song was originally released as part of the rapper’s “GOOD Friday” campaign, which gave away free songs to help promote his fifth studio album.
During a recent chat on the Sway In The Morning Show, Kanye West revealed that Nicki Minaj almost didn’t make the final cut for “Monster.” West compared the reaction to Minaj’s contribution to that of his Air Yeezys, shoes West released through Nike.
“It was like that moment when I thought about taking Nicki’s verse off of ‘Monster’ because I knew people would say that was the best verse on the best Hip Hop album of all time or arguably top ten albums of all time. And I would do all that work, eight months of work on “Dark Fantasy” and people to this day would say to me ‘My favorite thing was Nicki Minaj’s verse.’ So if I let my ego get the best of me instead of letting that girl get the shot to get that platform to be all she could be, I would take it off or marginalize her, try to stop her from having that shining moment… as disruptive as that Nicki Minaj ‘Monster’ verse was, it’s how disruptive the Yeezys were. People hadn’t felt that feeling since the Jordans.”
Although West is apparently very happy with Nicki Minah’s contribution to his song, he obviously doesn’t feel the same way about his collaboration with Nike. The Inquisitr previously reported that the rapper recently decided to address his problem with the shoe company during a recent concert in Nashville.
USA Today reported that West began his rant by asking the crowd if they knew who Nike CEO Mark Parker was. Instead of waiting for a reply, the rapper decided to give them a quick rundown of the company’s alleged antics regarding his Air Yeezys.
West told the audience:
“I’m talking directly to you. No miscommunication Did you not want the Yeezys? Nike would make you believe it was my fault that you couldn’t get them, but that was not the case. I wanted there to be as many Yeezys as there was LeBrons, and I wanted them to be at a good price, but that was not my choice, and we’re going to change everything. And… I’m going to create more than you think that any musician in the history of time ever could have.”
Listen to West’s interview with Sway in the Morning below.
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