Trina Sparks Feud Between Beyoncé & Nicki Minaj Fans After Claiming The “Renaissance” Artist Opened The Doors For Female Rappers
Rapper Trina inadvertently started a beef between fans of Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj.
The Beyhive and the Barbz respectively have been exchanging shots on social media after Trina credited Beyoncé with paving the way for female rappers to thrive.
Online debates pitting the musician’s against one another began following a recent interview Trina gave. While responding to an interviewer’s question asking if there was “something specific that happened in music and culture” that “opened the landscape for female rap”, Trina – real name Katrina Laverne Taylor, 45, stated:
“Yea Beyoncé. Cause she’s like the #1 female rapper when she does rap,”
“It’s just one of those things, of course, it’s the Queen Beyoncé, but when you hearing a song and it’s rapping involved it’s like, oh my God — it’s more inspiration…It’s just a good thing. I feel like for the girls now when you hear ’em and look at ’em it’s just all different kind of music and it all sounds different.”
Rapper, TRINA, explains how Beyoncé helped open doors for female rappers & and the RENAISSANCE tour. pic.twitter.com/uBShB3yL2W
— Hermaden (Fan Account) (@IChoseViolences) December 27, 2023
The comment sparked an intense online debate between social media users. Some commenters argued that Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, 42, can’t be dubbed as a significant influence to rap culture because she’s a not a rapper. Others defended the most winning Grammy award winner of all time, citing songs such as “Upgrade You”, “Diva”, and her collaborative single “Savage” with Megan Thee Stallion where the super star singer did in fact drop a couple of rap bars.
Some took offense to Trina’s comment, feeling as though the Miami native simply made the remark to snub Nicki Minaj. In case you’re unfamiliar the rapper, real name Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty, 41, is widely regarded as one of the most influential artists to effect the female rap industry. One user wrote in response to Trina’s comments:
“This is why I hate the comparison between Nicki & Bey, Nicki & Rihanna, or Nicki & SZA. STOP comparing female rappers to R&B singers, KNOW THE DIFFERENCE”
“Trina said Beyonce opened doors for FEMALE RAP?! This the same disrespect that make Nicki act the way she do.”
Many others joined in the conversation, arguing on behalf of both sides.
While it doesn’t seem that neither Nicki nor Beyoncé have reacted to the debates, Trina did have a follow up message. It seems that some of the criticism she faced got back to her. In a post uploaded to her social media page, the “Here We Go” artist wrote:
“For the dusty crusty funky b*tches in the bacccckkkk Beyonce is the queen of rap (when she raps) and ALL other genres of music.”
“Now stay mad goofy’s I said what I said and NANN b*tch gone check me. carry on”
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