Nicki Minaj in Monster

Nicki Minaj’s journey to stardom came from a number of historic verses, one being on Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy single, “Monster”.

But apparently…. it almost never came out.

On Instagram, Nicki recalled a behind the scenes story about the track, in celebration of its 7-year anniversary. She says she had to “convince” Kanye to keep the song on the album.

“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. Haha,” Nicki wrote. “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!!!!”

7 year anniversary of #Monster 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. 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!!!! 💞 I became the first female rapper to perform @ Yankee Stadium on the JAY/Eminem stadium tour. When I saw him, Jay said: “when u got so nice”? I said: “I been nice”! Ha! Kanye, thank you for being the genius you are. 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 over kill.) He wouldn’t give in. In the end, maybe he was right. Ha! – this song featured Barbie and Roman. Chyna was my stunt double in the video. (Due to her ASSets). Amber had spoken highly of me to Ye n pushed for him to meet with me. The rest is history. Ye, Jay, Em…All 3 of them helped me in some way. Love

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Despite Kanye’s hesitation, the track was eventually released and received critical acclaim. Nicki’s verse was widely considered the best, despite verses from Jay-Z and Rick Ross. It was also one of her defining moments in hip-hop.

“Kanye, thank you for being the genius you are. You always put others first,” she added. “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 over kill.) He wouldn’t give in. In the end, maybe he was right. Ha! – this song featured Barbie and Roman.”

When the video was filmed, Blac Chyna was called in to be a body double for Nicki, in order to make face-to-face happen between Nicki’s alter egos, Barbie and Roman.