Nicki Minaj Reveals Kanye West Almost Cut “Monster” From ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’

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Nicki Minaj Reveals Kanye West Almost Cut "Monster" From 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy'
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This week marked the seven-year anniversary of “Monster,” the stand out track from Kanye West‘s groundbreaking My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The star-studded track featured not just Ye but Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Bon Iver, and Nicki Minaj, whose verse ultimately stole the show and is arguably one of, if not the main reason the song is as great as it is.

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However, we almost did not get “Monster.” Minaj took to Instagram Tuesday to reveal that West was considering leaving the track off 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,” Minaj wrote on the post. “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!!!!”

Well, West was right. Once the track dropped the verse took off, even catching Jay off guard when he heard it.

“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,” Minaj wrote.

Minaj also revealed that West encouraged her to use more of the “growling monster voice” that is present throughout her verse.

“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,” she said.

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