Nicki Minaj famously called out Miley Cyrus at last year’s MTV Video Music Awards, saying, “And now back to this bitch that had a lot to say about me in the press. Miley, what’s good?” as she accepted her award for Best Hip Hop music video for Anaconda.
Now, Minaj has doubled down. In a remix of Yo Gotti’s Down in the DM, she repeats her stance. Towards the end of two newly added verses on the track, Minaj raps: “He said ‘Kylie, what’s good?’/I said Miley, what’s good?/I said could you pay my bills like O’Reilly, what’s good?”
The original diss, which happened in September 2015, stemmed from a beef that started when Minaj tweeted about whether Anaconda would have been nominated for the VMA’s most prestigious award—Video of the Year—if she had been a different “kind” of artist.
“If I was a different ‘kind’ of artist, Anaconda would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well,” Minaj tweeted on July 21, 2015. “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year…Black women influence pop culture so much, but are rarely rewarded for it.”
Taylor Swift misinterpreted the tweet as being about her, and responded. Minaj and Swift quickly cleared the air, but Cyrus still weighed in later. In a New York Times article that ran on August 27, reporter Joe Coscarelli asked Cyrus what she thought about the Minaj-Swift controversy. Cyrus responded:
“If you do things with an open heart and you come at things with love, you would be heard and I would respect your statement. But I don’t respect your statement because of the anger that came with it…And it’s not anger like, ‘Guys, I’m frustrated about some things that are a bigger issue.’ You made it about you. Not to sound like a bitch, but that’s like, ‘Eh, I didn’t get my V.M.A.'”
Minaj’s call-out happened in September, and in another NYT article that ran in October, the rapper expanded on what, specifically, bothered her about Cyrus’ original comments.
“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?” she said. “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.’’
Here’s the full Down in the DM track. Minaj’s comments on Miley happen at around the the 1:50 mark.