Nicki Minaj says she had to convince Kanye West to keep “Monster” on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

On the seven-year anniversary of the standout track, Minaj remembered how the collab came together.

October 25, 2017

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Nicki Minaj took to Instagram on Tuesday to call attention to an iconic moment: seven years ago, Kanye West unleashed "Monster" out onto the world. In her post, Minaj recalled having to convince Kanye West to keep the track on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

"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. "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!"

"Kanye, thank you for being the genius you are," she continued. "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."

Read the full post above.