Tuesday marked the 7th anniversary of the official release of Kanye West’s hit song, “Monster,” which featured guest appearances from Rick Ross, Jay Z, Nicki Minaj, and Bon Iver. After being released as part of Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Friday music series, “Monster” was included on Kanye’s 5th album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and was widely regarded as one of the biggest songs on the project.
To mark the occasion, Nicki Minaj took to her Instagram on Tuesday afternoon and shared her fondest memory of “Monster.” According to her, Kanye came incredibly close to leaving “Monster” off My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy after hearing her verse on it. He thought her stellar verse might overshadow everything else on the album and hurt it in the long run.
But before Kanye was able to pull the plug on “Monster” and take it off his album, he called Nicki, and she was able to talk him out of doing it. She said that she had to remind him that he is Kanye West and that one verse wouldn’t overpower what he was putting together with his project.
“Kanye called me to tell me Jay put a verse on this song and that he was still deciding if he would put it on his album. Haha. It was like an hour long call where I tried to convince him to let the song stay on his album. He felt this verse would end up being the talk of the album. I said: YOU’RE KANYE WEST!!!”
Kanye actually spoke about how he almost took Nicki’s verse off “Monster” during an interview with Sway in 2013.
“I knew people would say that was the best verse on the best hip hop album of all time or arguably top ten albums of all time. And I would do all that work, eight months of work on Dark Fantasy and people to this day would say to me, ‘My favorite thing was Nicki Minaj’s verse.’ So if I let my ego get the best of me instead of letting that girl get the shot to get that platform to be all she could be, I would take it off or marginalize her, try to stop her from having that shining moment.”
Outside of sharing that tidbit about “Monster,” Nicki touched on how Jay Z responded to hearing her verseon the song. She performed at Yankee Stadium alongside Jay Z and Eminem during the stadium tour they did in 2010, and she said Jay approached her and gave her some major props.
“When I saw him, Jay said: ‘When u got so nice?’ I said: ‘I been nice!’ Ha!”
Nicki also thanked Kanye in her Instagram post and suggested that there was some healthy tension between the two during the making of “Monster.” It centered around the growling Nicki did on the song, and in the end, she thinks it helped the song come out even better than it would have otherwise.
“Kanye, thank you for being the genius you are. You always put others first. I fought u ever step of the way but it worked out. (He wanted me to add more of that growling monster voice and I felt it was over kill.). He wouldn’t give in. In the end, maybe he was right.”
And Nicki ended her post by thanking Amber Rose for helping her get into Kanye’s good graces. Without Amber, Nicki may not have had a chance to meet with Kanye and appear on “Monster” in the first place, and without Nicki’s verse and Nicki’s advice to Kanye, the world may not have received “Monster” at all. So we all have Amber to thank for that.