Nicki Minaj fired on YouTube on Monday afternoon after the platform age-restricted her ‘Likkle Miss Remix’ music video with dancehall artist Skeng, alleging the company was ‘in bed’ with camps. rival artists.
“Imagine that. They restricted my fucking video but have things a million times worse on their bogus fking platform,” Minaj wrote in an Instagram caption for a screenshot of a copyright infringement notice. YouTube community guidelines.” This is what they do to stop you from earning while advertising for other people and posting fake fking stats. Because the same people who run YouTube are in bed with a certain record label and a management company.
According to the screenshot, the “Likkle Miss Remix” video was deemed “not suitable for viewers under the age of 18”. The video features a group of revelers drinking and dancing, with a cast of female dancers joining Minaj in twerking throughout the clip, occasionally joining the male extras in quick, suggestive poses.
The age restriction was removed on Monday by YouTube, which issued a statement to Complex saying it had “removed the age restriction after determining that the video does not violate our Community Guidelines.” Minaj deleted her two fiery Instagram posts on Monday night, after this story was first published. Variety has contacted YouTube for further comment.
The rapper accused YouTube of favoring certain artists and “being in bed with a whole label and management company,” without naming any labels or agencies. Minaj’s own camp didn’t come out completely unscathed, as she claimed her label refused “to buy promo for my videos.”
The only person or company named by name in Minaj’s broadsides was Lyor Cohen, the global head of music for Google and YouTube. After issuing a general epithet suggesting that anyone who gets in her way should go and have sex with their mother, Minaj added, “Lyor, it better not be you.”
Minaj wrote in another post about it, “This was done to keep us from getting a lot of views in the first 24 hours. My label misfires allow people to use my videos all the time to promote things. low shit but said we couldn’t buy promo for my videos.
Speaking to YouTube, Minaj wrote: “It’s time you told everyone you’re in bed with a whole record label and management company!!!!! How long have you been playing the game of numbers to lie and pretend people are doing ‘good’ when they’re not?!?!!” she wrote in another post with the same screenshot attached. “How many ad space have these duds bought to promote on my channel in the last 5 years?!??!!!!”
Minaj and Skeng’s music video hit the platform on Sunday, following its appearance as part of her new 29-track greatest hits compilation album, “Queen Radio: Volume 1,” released via Young Money/Republic Records.
Even though those under 18 are officially banned from viewing, the video garnered around 800,000 views in about a day.
This follows Minaj’s performance at Rolling Loud NYC this weekend as the festival’s first headlining female rapper; she was joined by special guests Bia, G Herbo, Fivio Foreign and Uzi.