(AllHipHop News) One day in February 2017 shifted the landscape in modern Hip Hop. The release of Remy Ma’s “Shether” created the first effective c#### in Nicki Minaj’s armor.
Minaj dominated female rap for nearly a decade until that point. However, Remy’s biting diss track opened the door for other women to legitimately compete for the crown, evidenced by the fact that the Bronx emcee ended Nicki’s seven-year run as the BET Award’s Best Female Hip-Hop Artist winner that year.
Remy Ma connected with Hollywood Unlocked for an extensive two-part Q&A. The 90-minute conversation included the State of the Culture panelist discussing her career, motherhood, and the infamous lyrical battle against Nicki Minaj.
“I had great respect for what she was able to do and what she was able to achieve. When I came home [from prison] we had had a conversation where she actually reached out to me and we spoke,” said Remy about Nicki. “We had a real conversation. I was like, ‘Anything I say, they’re gonna say I’m coming at you. Anything you say, they’re gonna say you’re coming at me. We’re not gonna let it get to us.’ I thought that’s where we was at.”
Some music fans thought “Shether” just came out of nowhere. However, the song was actually a response to Nicki’s presumed subliminal shots at Remy on “Black Barbies,” Gucci Mane’s “Make Love,” and Jason Derulo’s “Swalla.”
Reminisce Mackie had previously talked about Minaj allegedly promoting negative press about her and scheming to prevent her from appearing at certain award shows. The “All The Way Up” hitmaker made those accusations on The Wendy Williams Show just days after “Shether” dropped. She expounded on her issues with the supposed industry antics while on Hollywood Unlocked.
“What led up to the whole ‘Shether’ thing was I just kept hearing so many things behind the scenes, and I didn’t understand. Why would you do this to me?” Remy expressed to Hollywood Unlocked host Jason Lee. “It was just like petty sh*t, just corny things… When I started seeing it with my own eyes, and people that I know wouldn’t lie to me, it was just like I didn’t understand: why would you do this?“
Remy continued, “It was one last straw that I felt like broke the camel’s back. I was already annoyed with everything that was going on. I was like, ‘As long as this is the way it is, nobody – not just me – no women are ever going to be able to succeed as long as this is how it is. If you don’t sound like this, if you don’t look like this, and if you’re not bowing down to her, we’re never gonna get nowhere. You know what? I don’t give a f*ck. Now, this is what we’re doing. Now, what we doing? Cause I’m with everything.'”