In the ever-evolving rap disses of hip-hop, the dynamic between Megan Thee Stallion and Nicki Minaj has taken a sharp turn, transforming their once collaborative relationship into a heated feud. Since their "Hot Girl Summer" in 2019, the two reached their tipping point with Megan's latest track, "Hiss," released on January 25.
"Hiss" took a pointed jab at Nicki Minaj by referencing Megan's Law, a federal mandate requiring the disclosure of information about registered sex offenders – a notable connection given Minaj's husband, Kenneth Petty, falls under this category. This lyrical choice set the stage for a fierce exchange between the rap queens.
Shedding light on the meaning behind "Hiss" during an interview on The Breakfast Club, Megan described the track as a warning. Demonstrating her calm demeanor, she revealed her social media detox, anticipating the expected uproar and dismissing it with a casual "back off."
True to Megan's foresight, Nicki responded swiftly, taking to Instagram Live and previewing her countermove, "Big Foot," which dropped on January 29. Unfortunately, the retaliation began on a sour note as Minaj referenced Megan's deceased mother, a line that garnered widespread criticism for its insensitivity.
The Breakfast Club's Charlamagne Tha God, not one to mince words, expressed his disapproval, questioning the decision-making behind such a low blow. Acknowledging Nicki's return to rap, he emphasized the need for more thoughtful expression rather than resorting to personal attacks online.
Nicki's “Big Foot” continued the diss war, referencing the 2020 incident where Tory Lanez shot Megan. The diss track, laden with insults, questioned Megan's integrity, rap style, and even her traumatic shooting.
Amid this rap battle, the call for unity echoes loudly. As a bystander, it's disheartening to witness such animosity. The sentiments roll back to the wishful thinking of the "Mean Girls" line: “I just wish we could all get along". As both songs unleash their verbal onslaughts, it becomes evident that a truce, refereed by the world, maybe the only way to end this fierce clash of words between the rappers.