The two rappers became embroiled in a feud in 2015 after Mill suggested in a tweet that Drake didn’t write his own raps, instead employing a ghostwriter. Days later, the Canadian star hit back in a song called ‘Charged Up‘, starting a back-and-forth wave of diss tracks from the pair.
Minaj, who was dating Mill at the time, discussed that period in an interview with Beats 1’s Zane Lowe earlier today (April 12). “At the time, I did love both of them,” she said. “I felt so imprisoned in that moment.”
She also recalled that Drake told her, “I wasn’t worried about anything in that entire situation other than what if Nicki takes a shot at me. Then what? What if Nicki spits a bar at me?”
After calling it “one of the hardest parts of my career”, she said she tried to persuade Mill to not get entangled in a beef, but “it was difficult to stay out of it.” “I was behind the scenes, wishing it wouldn’t happen,” she explained. “I said, ‘Don’t do that.’ I think, as artists, we all look back on things that we shouldn’t have done. And that was one of those things he shouldn’t have done. But he did it, and it is what it is. What I do know is that Meek and Drake have moved on from that.”
Elsewhere in the interview, she spoke briefly about Mill’s legal situation. The rapper is currently in prison after twice violating his probation. Both Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania District Attorney have called for his release recently. “I don’t wanna talk about legal things,” she said. “I will say that the judge in question did everything I asked for her. So I can’t badmouth her because I met her personally, and I know what she said to us. And he knows that, and I know that.
“But I wouldn’t wish jail on anybody,” she added. “What made me shed tears the other day was seeing his mother cry… She, during the relationship, was always so sweet to me.”
Minaj released two new singles earlier today – ‘Barbie Tingz’ and ‘Chun-Li’. The tracks are the first to be taken from her hotly anticipated fourth album.