In the ultra-competitive world of hip hop, there’s not room at the top for two femcees. Only one can slip on the crown and wield the gilded mic of mixtape clout and commercial success.
During Nicki Minaj’s “Playtime Is Over” 2007 come-up, haters were quick to throw shade on the NY rapper’s style, labeling her as a feeble imitator of Lil’ Kim’s signature flow. Steady grinding and sticking to her unique blend of double-time lyrical acrobatics and commercial Top 40 catchy choruses, Minaj established herself as the best-selling female rapper of all time with millions of sales tucked into her iced-out belt.
Minaj has asserted her reign with lyrics like “Had to show bitches where the top is, ring finger where the rock is/These hoes couldn’t test me even if their name was pop quiz,” while enjoying her mostly-unchallenged spot at the top. However, when reality star-turned-rapper Cardi B burst onto the scene with her record-breaking debut single “Bodak Yellow,” members of the #Bardigang and the #Barbz were quick to tout their leader as the baddest who ever did it, pitting the two against each other.
While Minaj was quick to squash rumors of a feud by congratulating Cardi B on her success, whispers of behind-the-scenes drama still made headlines despite the best efforts of both rappers. Now, their supposed beef can finally be forever silenced with the release of Migos’ new single “Motor Sport” off of their highly-anticipated “Culture 2” album.
Both rappers alluded to the hyped-up competition on their separate verses, completely nonplussed about splitting the spotlight for their distinct styles. “Why would I hop in some beef/When I could just hop in a Porsche?/You heard she gon’ do what from who?/That’s not a reliable,” rapped Cardi, while Minaj praised her success without diminishing the “Bodak Yellow” rapper’s shine: “You see them stats, you know what I am about/I am the champ, I’m Iron Mikin’ about.”
After the ATL trio released the song, Twitter was instantly (and viciously) divided about who bodied who on the track:
#MotorSport is proof that Cardi B is nowhere near Nicki when it comes to rapping, Nicki is THE BEST & y’all will deal.
— CHRIS. (@chrissayssoo_) October 27, 2017
— Professor Pimp Seed (@prpimpseed) October 27, 2017
this why Nicki one of the greatest female MC’s, she switched up to like 3 different flows, and still managed to ride the beat🔥#MotorSport
— 𝖑𝖊𝖌𝖊𝖓𝖉 (@issabornsinner) October 27, 2017
While many to quick to praise Minaj’s inventive wordplay and command of the track’s beat, Cardi B’s verse received its own rush of fan love:
cardi b's verse on motor sport was better than nicki's.
— cilvia demo's #1 fan (@thesunstirade) October 27, 2017
cardi b really SNAPPED on motor sport
— davante (@onthatbullshxt) October 27, 2017
Cardi B really kill every verse😂 her verse on motor sport goes crazy
— Chuck (@chuckbonesz4) October 27, 2017
Listen to “Motor Sport” below to decide for yourself who truly commanded the beat.