Nicki Minaj shared that she would not be joined by Megan Thee Stallion, as announced on Saturday in a since-erased Instagram caption. “Megan will not be here and that’s that on that” was all the explanation given for this absence. However, Nicki compensated by bringing out Joe Budden, who she introduced as “the most annoying man on the planet”.
After opening today’s episode of Queen Radio with forty minutes of cuts from mixtape-era Nicki – possibly to stall until the Queen arrived at the Apple Music offices.
Nicki Minaj chose Budden as a guest so she could question him about times her name was in his mouth on Everyday Struggle and The Joe Budden Podcast. Budden came with his fellow podcast hosts, Rory & Mal, but they were more witnesses to the grilling than participants.
Don’t mess with the Queen first asked Budden & Co. why they suggested on their podcast that her Instagram live session with Megan Thee Stallion was pre-planned. While the session seemed like a spontaneous interaction that led to the idea to collaborate, Budden claimed he was convinced that it was a calculated marketing move to build hype for “Hot Girl Summer”‘s eventual release. After pointing out the inherent sexism in his assumption that everything she does is calculated, Nicki demanded evidence for his claim. Budden said it was suspicious how quick the one-week turnover was for the song’s video shoot.
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Nicki stated at the time that she was unaware that Cardi would be on there. Nonetheless, Budden hypothesized on Everyday Struggle that Nicki did in fact know. When Nicki called him out for this on Queen Radio, he denied that ever happening. After a short song break, Nicki pulled up an incriminating sound bite of Budden saying exactly that and proceeded to ask him repeatedly, “Do you have a twin or stunt double?”.