Despite having racked up a list of well-respected rappers for his joint — including 50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa, Fabolous and more — Tory shares how a collaboration with Nicki Minaj fell through, resulting in her asking to be taken off the song.
Tory revealed that “Shooters” originally featured a verse from Nicki, but it was cut out after he sent off a poorly worded text message. “I was telling her something about the verse. I wasn’t saying it was bad or anything, her verse was incredible, and I’m also like a super-Nicki fan. But I was telling her something, and it may have came off… Cause I was texting her, and it may have came off in a different way, she probably read it in a different way than I said it.”
Reflecting back on the text message, he admitted, “I think it maybe kinda came off a little bit arrogant, or I kinda said something I shouldn’t have said about her verse… She was like, ‘Well, n., it’s not that serious. Take my verse off the thing.’ ”
Though Nicki Minaj did not officially make an appearance on this project, Tory is hopeful for the future. “I’m a great musician. I’m gonna always create great music and I’ma be around for a very long time. Maybe in the future when the time is right, we’ll do something that’s right, that we both feel comfortable with.”
On the AraabMUZIK-produced track, “Don’t Die,” Tory makes reference to the Nicki situation, rapping: “I already know the outcome, I may have f*cked it up with Nicki right before this album.”
Watch the full interview up top.