Nicki Minaj Called Latto A “Karen” And Latto Got #40YearOldBully Trending — Here’s The Latest In The Female Rap Twitter Wars

This argument is the latest in a weekslong debate among women rappers that has fallen into a proxy war between Minaj and other popular artists.


The Queen of Rap is beefing on Twitter again.

Nicki Minaj.

It started on Thursday, when Nicki Minaj posted a livestream captioned “Dear Grammys.” In the video, she revealed her frustrations that her single “Super Freaky Girl” had been moved out of the rap category into pop, pointing out that rapper Latto’s “Big Energy” had not.

Just a reminder: Grammy nominations aren’t announced til November. But Latto, a 23-year-old rapper from Ohio, had her first mainstream hit with 2021’s "Big Energy" and clearly Minaj thinks she's in with a chance.

On her Instagram livestream, Minaj said that she felt her songs and Latto’s songs should be competing in the same genre, based on their respective productions, and that she felt there was a larger industry movement against her.

“They stay moving the goalposts when it comes to me,” said Minaj in the livestream. “If you can’t tell by now there is a concerted effort to give new artists things they don’t deserve, over artists who have been deserving for many years.”

Nicki Minaj accepting an award during Billboard Women in Music 2019.

The criticism broke down into public argument when Minaj later posted a text from Latto on Twitter. “I agree w u however because of where we left off ion think u need to bring my name/song up to prove ur point,” the now-deleted screenshot read.

Latto in 2022.

Minaj added the comment: “This Karen has probably mentioned my name in over 100 interviews... but today, scratch off decides to be silent; rather than speak up for the black woman she called her biggest inspiration.”

my tl be so funny cause there is the nicki and latto beef and then theres nct stans having the time of their lives

Twitter: @SUMMERTlMEFLO

Latto has said repeatedly in interviews that Minaj is her idol and someone she has always looked up to, and that she hopes to collaborate with her one day.

After Minaj started targetting her on Thursday, Latto began replying on Twitter. “1st of all I texted u cause I didn’t wanna do the internet sht w sum1 I looked up to,” she said. “I do agree but the way u going about it seems malicious.”

I’ve ignored countless subtweets since March and instead addressed u in the dm. You’re asking why I didn’t speak up in ur defense… it’s the same answer I gave u when u asked why I didn’t congratulate you. Ur literally older than my mom tryna be a bully @NICKIMINAJ

Twitter: @Latto

More past behind-the-scenes drama bubbled to the surface, as Latto began sharing how she felt mistreated by Minaj in the past.

Latto, whose given name is Alyssa Michelle Stephens, posted some of Minaj’s past tweets in which Minaj told her fans to stop posting a “dud” on her timeline and several others subtly aimed at Latto. “With all this being said this wasn’t JUST about a Grammy category,” Latto, 23, said. “U literally told me I’m not ‘flourishing’ and no one cares about my ‘little song’ otp lol @NICKIMINAJ.” Latto then posted a recording she’d made of a conversation between the two of them.

Lemme specify I’m sorry. Im delusional for saying “we’re” (newer female rappers) are flourishing & u said no one cares about my little song LYRICS my bad. FYI I only recorded cause I KNOW who tf I’m playing wit #40yroldbully https://t.co/0Yu8GpRrnk

Twitter: @Latto

She also shared a screenshotted DM conversation in which she had confronted Minaj about the shade.

I literally named u as my dream collab multiple times in multiple interviews… like I told u otp I looked up to u… u still never answered my question about where the random shade started coming from https://t.co/DpKSKepkVQ

Twitter: @Latto


It quickly devolved into a flurry of accusations that brought up several past controversies: Latto hit out at Minaj for her marriage to Kenneth Petty, who is a convicted sex offender, while Minaj accused Latto of using ghostwriters.

Nicki Minaj and Kenneth Petty.

“super freaky grandma is married AND related to fucking rapists. You ain’t gone bully me BITCH! My idol turned rival now u hating!” Latto wrote.

BEEN subbing… super freaky grandma is married AND related to fucking rapists. You ain’t gone bully me BITCH! My idol turned rival now u hating! https://t.co/SGc78CZqDc

Twitter: @Latto

“I’ve never raped anyone. I’ve inspired millions. You’re one of them BOZO,” Minaj responded in a later-deleted tweet.

As all this was unfolding, fans quickly began reacting in real time, with many criticizing Minaj, 40, for fighting with Latto, who is 17 years younger. “Been literally arguing with people half your age for a month straight now. Give it tf up ma’am,” said one.

Nicki Minaj is ACTUALLY doing to these young girls exactly what she accused Lil Kim of doing to her in 07/08… Babygirl going out SAD! #40yearoldbully

Twitter: @DizneyGolightly

Barbz quickly came to Minaj’s defense as well. “nicki can defend herself,” another tweeted. “i get it. but im so sick of her getting bullied and gaslit by the entire industry and nobody ever coming to her defense. that shit is so weird to me. if you call her your sis, why you can't ever publicly defend her?”

All because Nicki said “Big Energy” is a pop song that Latto months ago stated was a pop song. 💀💀💀💀

Twitter: @fromdabasement

Others pointed out how confusing the entire situation has gotten as it’s escalated. “All this to lose to Jack Harlow...,” radio show host Scottie Beam tweeted.

Jack Harlow accepting Best Rap Song at the Grammys while Nicki and Latto fighting

Twitter: @DiaryOfKeysus

Everybody watching this Nicki Minaj vs Latto twitter beef

Twitter: @KingJosiah54

Grammy categorization has long been a point of dissatisfaction among many artists who make music in predominantly Black and Latinx genres. In 2017, Drake publicly criticized his awarding for “Hotline Bling” as Best Rap Song, saying he felt it “wasn’t a rap song” and should have competed in pop.

In 2020, Diddy called out the categorization issues at a pre-Grammy gala, saying “To be honest... Black music has never been respected by the Grammys.”

This argument between Minaj and Latto is the latest in a series of arguments between Minaj and other women in rap.

Twitter: @WriteARapSis

Many eminent figures, including City Girls’ JT, Cardi B, Azealia Banks, as well as Minaj and Latto, have been involved in social media tension for weeks, largely in a proxy battle between Nicki Minaj and other rappers over what being a woman in rap should look like.

Many fans pointed out that the legacy of women rappers has often been fraught with fights and suspicion, with opportunities for solidarity being overshadowed by territory-marking.

All of this Nicki and Latto stuff is making me think about these old interviews with Lil Kim. Kim story never changed. It’s like at a certain point……Is everybody trippin? Or is it her? https://t.co/9oU4Qis2Gu

Twitter: @Homebaawdy

Lil’ Kim became a related trending topic on Twitter, with many resharing an old interview in which Kim said Minaj “wanted to be the only female out there.” Some pointed out that many of Lil’ Kim’s feelings toward Minaj were the same as Latto’s.

….. Friendly reminder Lil’Kim said all this would happen and people laughed, called her jealous, and everything else.

Twitter: @Vince_Aries

The 2023 Grammy nominations will be officially announced on Nov. 15. BuzzFeed News has reached out to Minaj, Latto, and the Recording Academy for comment.

Yall owe Lil Kim the biggest apology ever. Because she warned everybody.

Twitter: @kamiron_


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