Nicki Minaj Says 'Monster' Almost Didn't Make the Cut

Minaj had to convince Kanye to keep the iconic track on his album.

By kmvq on October 25, 2017

By Hayden Wright

“Monster” is a highlight of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West’s 2010 magnum opus—in no small part because Nicki Minaj delivers an epic, career-changing verse. Nicki was feeling wistful on Instagram as the song (which also features JAY-Z) turns 7 years old so she explained to fans that Yeezy almost dropped the song from the album, until she talked sense into him.

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“Kanye called me to tell me Jay put a verse on this song & that he was still deciding if he would put it on his album,” she wrote. “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!!!!”

Nicki also thanked Kanye for the platform and creative direction.

“Kanye, thank you for being the genius you are,” she said. “You always put others first. I fought u every step of the way but it worked out. (He wanted me to add more of that growling monster voice and I felt it was overkill.) He wouldn’t give in. In the end, maybe he was right. Ha!”

Read Nicki’s reflections here:

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