Tory Lanez’s newly released album Memories Don’t Die featured solid assists by Future, Nav, Wiz Khalifa, 50 Cent, and more. Though there was no lack of star power, the Ontario rapper later claimed that the project originally included a verse by Nicki Minaj.
Lanez touched on this in the album’s closing track, “Don’t Die”: “I may have fucked it up with Nicki right before this album,” he revealed.
Shortly before Memories Don’t Die dropped, Lanez spoke about his collaboration with Nicki and how a text message led to their falling-out.
“She was on ‘Shooters’ originally,” he told HotNewHipHop. “She was on the record first, and I was telling her something about the verse, I wasn't saying it was bad or anything, her verse was incredible, and I'm also like a super-Nicki fan […] I was texting her, and it may have came off in a different way, she probably read it in a different way than I said it.
“I think it maybe kinda came off a little bit arrogant, or I kinda said something I shouldn't have said about her verse, and she was like, ‘Well, n*gga, it's not that serious, take my verse off the thing.’ We was like, aight. I love Nicki Minaj when it comes down to her music and the whole thing, but I'm not a reacher. Once a n*gga says it’s quiet, it’s quiet.”
Disappointing news, for sure. But thanks to internet, fans no longer have to wonder what a Nicki-assisted “Shooters” would sound like as the original version has surfaced online.
The Pinkprint artist handles the second verse, singing:
All I wanna do is go out trappin' with the girls
They say we bad, I say we some murderers
New bae alert, we ain't fuckin' with the clowns
Didn't I just tell 'em to go turn they goofy down?
She then closes out the track in the fourth verse:
I'm just flexin' too hard
He think he gettin' that Minaj
Every time we come out, shit lit I might just go an' upgrade his bitch
I'ma need a driver and a shooter
I'ma need the G5 to Bermuda
If that nigga put you in a Uber
He might as well put you on a scooter
Hopefully the two artists make up and reunite. Who knows? Maybe Lanez will make a cameo on Nicki’s highly anticipated studio album.