Nicki Minaj’s “Barbz” crowd took to Instagram and Facebook to berate Dancehall veteran Mr. Vegas after describing their “Queen” and Drake as Dancehall “culture vultures,” while giving props to rapper Cardi B, following her Dancehall – a ‘Passa Passa’ themed birthday party two nights ago.
“Unlike Nikki and Drake, Cardi genuinely loves Dancehall. She doesn’t see it as a bit of aroma for albums or remixes. The Queen dedicated her birthday to wi culture (passa passa dancehall). well you know she’s not a vulture, ”Vegas, who performed at the party, Instagram and Facebook had written in all caps.
Following the outrage of the Barbz, Vegas edited the posts three hours later and deleted the names of Minaj and Drake. However, the damage was already done, as some of the Beam Me Up Scotty fans of the artist who stormed his Facebook page to dismiss the claims, resurrected the edited post and re-shared it on the thread.
While the charges against Drake have remained largely undisputed, Minaj fans have accused Vegas of dividing and having a personal vendetta against the rapper after he said he did not benefit from his use of Danny Browne. Dirty riddim for his hit song Megatron, on which Vegas’ Heads up was also asked.
“??? Nicki is literally sampling one of your songs, ”wrote one fan in defense of Nicki, to which Vegas responded,“ And right away, took me out of the winnings. Fuck Nikki! “
The Barbz, who saw the Heads up the singer’s response, were very amused.
“@mrvegasmusic this is on u lmaaoo read your fucking contract”, mocked svmuburese, while sonia.maraj mocked: “@mrvegasmusic, I’m weak, so you’re just crazy, you don’t have to ‘money
Another follower, carolebaski, told him that Minaj owed him nothing. “She paid the royalties to the right person for the song. Why don’t you take it too short if you think it hurt you? she wrote.
The Barbz also argued that the Trinidadian cannot be considered a cultural vulture, firstly because she is from the West Indies, and has, in word and deed, helped uplift Dancehall by collaborating , among others, with many artists of the genre, including Mavado, Stylo G, Vybz Kartel, Beenie Man, Gyptian and, more recently, Skillibeng on the Crocodile teeth (remix) which peaked at No. 100 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Nicki Minaj made no apologies for the influence that Dancehall music and its performers have had on her career. On his album Queen, she immortalized Jamaica’s most iconic Dancehall artists on the runway Inspiration, the outro of the platinum disc album.
In this track, she paid tribute to the Dancehall legends who inspired her work, including her female counterparts Lady Saw, Spice, Tanya Stephens and Patra and on the male side, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Capleton and Buju Banton and Sizzla Kalonji, who dominated the entire 1990s. She also praised Bob Marley, the rude 1980s boys Ninja Man and Super Cat and Vybz Kartel and Mavado, who burst onto the scene and became superstars in the 2000s, as well as his fellow Trinidadians Destra Garcia and Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons.
Some users pointed out that Cardi had never featured a Jamaican on her songs or on any of her tours, unlike Nicki Minaj, and so there was no point in celebrating her party just because Vegas was booked to perform.
“Boy, go take a nap
As the drama unfolded on the Vegas Instagram page, some argued that Vegas appeared to be trying to stir up trouble and provoke animosity between Minaj and Cardi B.
“Why couldn’t you give her Cardi B [praise] for the [historic] bd bash and leave Nicki out of it !! “aal.y.iah asked, while xx_lindy noted,” That clown thing. You could have just shown Cardi genuine love by bringing Nicki in… So ask yourself why this is beef. It is all of you, adult men, who continue ”.
“If you have to get Nicki down to show Cardi love, do you really love Cardi or is that fake love,” 1motivatedqueen wrote.
Some followers have said that Vegas is getting too excited over a simple theme party hosted by Cardi.
“Lmao yeah, she loves Dancehall so much that she made it a party theme so people could dress like they’re from there.
While this was the first time Vegas had taken public photos of Minaj, that was not the case with Canadian rapper Drake.
In 2016, Mr. Vegas called out Drake over his dancehall-infused music, stating that the God’s plan the artist was wrong and asked why he didn’t record songs with the artists he claimed to admire, such as Mavado or Popcaan.
Vegas went on to record two diss songs intended for Drake that year, one titled Dance hall pirate in which he categorically stated that he had not “evaluated” Drake because he was “fake” and a “snake”.
In the other, nicknamed Own chef he took several hits from Popcaan and Drake, insinuating that the unruly boss was a “yes yes” to Drake, had poor talent and that his current hype wouldn’t last.