Benzino Publicly Apologizes to Daughter Coi Leray and Nicki Minaj Over Collab Claim

During a recent Clubhouse discussion, Coi Leray's father Benzino claimed that a new Nicki Minaj collab was on the way, swiftly spurring criticism.

Benzino is pictured at an event

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Benzino is pictured at an event

Benzino has made a public apology after claiming that his daughter Coi Leray had a collaboration with Nicki Minaj on the way.

As Nicki fans may have spotted via an Instagram update this week, the Queen artist swiftly denied the claim of such a collaboration, saying in a recent Stories update that “i don’t have a collab coming with anyone.” Meanwhile, in a recently shared IG clip, Leray linked the rumors to comments her father made during a recent Clubhouse discussion.

“I love him to death but he just pissed me off,” Leray, who last month dropped off the official video for her “Anxiety” track, said in the clip. Elsewhere, she urged her father to grab “some popcorn” and watch the show.

“It’s my turn, Daddy,’ Leray said. “I’mma need you to sit the fuck down, grab you some popcorn, enjoy the show, and clap for me when it’s time to clap for me. Alright, Daddy? Don’t worry. I told him this before I hopped online.”

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As for the Clubhouse comments at the core of all this, Benzino is heard in the YouTube-shared excerpt below claiming that a “song with Nicki Minaj” is going to be released.

“Her album’s gonna be dope,” Benzino said in the clip. “She got this song with Nicki Minaj that’s gonna be coming out that’s gonna be crazy. … Yeah, yep, her and Nicki did some shit.”

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In a tweeted statement on Monday, Benzino offered an apology to his daughter, as well as to Nicki and “everyone involved.” Per Benzino, he meant “no harm” with his remarks.

“I feel horrible and sad,” Benzino wrote. “I am 100 percent in the wrong and it will never happen again.”

Benzino and Coi Leray have gone back-and-forth about family issues in the past, including amid last March’s coverage of a mention in Leray’s “No More Parties” remix.

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