The second installation of Nicki Minaj’s three-part E! special “My Truth” picks up on the set of her video shoot for “The Boys,” but as the show progresses, the YMCMB rapper addresses the fallout from her “American Idol” feud with Mariah Carey, and specifically Barbara Walter’s involvement in the beef.
When Nick first finds out that footage of the blowout has leaked, she explains to Mack Maine that the cameras did not capture the moments leading up to that, “20 minutes before that happened, she egged me on and I walked off — I stormed off the stage because didn’t wanna do that,” she told the Young Money president. “So I left and when I came back it was another jab.”
“She’s admitted that she did not want another female doing the show, thinking somebody’s coming to steal her shine,” Nick added. “And nitpicking, nitpicking, nitpicking — I don’t do well with that passive aggress sh–. I’m not gonna allow it no more. I can’t. I work and keep it moving, I don’t even f— with the people in this business.”
Later, the subject comes up again during a private flight, after an episode of “The View” which found co-host Barbara Walters reporting that Carey had increased her security after Minaj threatened her life, calling the rapper “unpredictable.” Nicki was unable to contain her disappointment with Walters for quickly taking sides.
“I really felt good when I left yesterday and then I hear that Mariah went to Barbara Walters with some more fabrication that even the producers told her was never said,” she explained. “Telling Barbara I said something about a gun, which everybody knows that I’m way smarter than that. Literally my jaw was just hanging open and I was in shock. I’ve never in my life said anything regarding a gun.”
Nicki reveals that she didn’t want to speak out about the video immediately, in hopes that the controversy would blow over quickly, but no such luck.
“Am I not good enough for you to get my side, because I’m a little black girl that raps?” she said, addressing Walters directly. “Because if I was J. Lo, you would’ve called J. Lo’s camp. But are we not good enough for you Barbara? ‘Cause you wasn’t even there when I was on the show Barbara. So I guess I’m not good enough but I’m only good enough for you to tell people I’m ‘unpredictable,’ when you don’t f—–g know me?”
While the video clip seemed to suggest that there might’ve been some deep rooted beef between these two, Nicki maintains that she still respects Mariah tremendously. “Why would I wanna have a rift with someone I’ve looked up to my whole life? I’ve loved her and even told her that in the meeting. Actually I’m happy that Mariah’s on the panel because I think that’s a great thing. You’ve got one of the best singers than ever sang ever in the world. Ain’t nothing wrong with that, but the fact that you had a problem with me being on there and that’s why there’s an issue.”
In spite of all the accusations, Nicki reiterates that no one will run her off the show.
During the second episode Lil Wayne also makes a cameo, when Nicki flies to Miami to have him record a verse for the re-release of her Roman Reloaded album. “Recently, I’ve become very very busy and he felt like it was too hard for us to get together anymore because we’re always doing other stuff,” she told the cameras. “It was important for me to show him that it doesn’t matter where I am in my career; I’m always gonna be the same Nicki that was thirsty to get in the studio with him.”
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