Nicki Minaj to Miley Cyrus: ‘If you twerk with us, you need to know what affects black people’

Minaj previously called Cyrus a 'bitch' for comments she made about her in the press

Nicki Minaj has explained her motives behind calling out Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards in August.

Cyrus was hosting this year’s VMAs ceremony, with Minaj picking up the Best Hip-Hop Video award for ‘Anaconda’. The pair clashed when Minaj was accepting her accolade on the night.

Cyrus had previously spoken to The New York Times about Minaj’s recent beef with Taylor Swift, saying that it was “not very polite” of Minaj to involve Swift in a conversation about racism in music.


Accepting the award, Minaj said, “And now, back to this bitch who had a lot to say about me the other day in the press. Miley, what’s good?” Cyrus proceeded to suggest that her remarks had been taken out of context.

Now, speaking in The New York Times, Minaj explained the incident from her perspective: “I saw [Cyrus] just looking at me, with her face screwed up, and I thought, ‘What the!'”

Minaj continued: “The fact that you feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls. You’re in videos with black men, and you’re bringing out black women on your stages, but you don’t want to know how black women feel about something that’s so important?”

“Come on, you can’t want the good without the bad. If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us. You shouldn’t not want to know that.”

The New York Times interview also touched upon the subject of Minaj’s boyfriend Meek Mill’s recent beef with her labelmate and friend Drake, with Minaj saying: “They’re men, grown-ass men. It’s between them. I hate it. It doesn’t make me feel good. You don’t ever want to choose sides between people you love. It’s ridiculous. I just want it to be over.”


The star then took offence when the female journalist asked whether she enjoys the “drama” of the situation. Minaj responded: “That’s disrespectful. Why would a grown-ass woman thrive off drama?”

She added: “That’s the typical thing that women do. What did you putting me down right there do for you? Women blame women for things that have nothing to do with them… To put down a woman for something that men do, as if they’re children and I’m responsible”.