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Nicki Minaj‘s cameo verse on Kanye West‘s “Monster” track from the Chicago rapper’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album put the Queens, New York starlet on the Hip-Hop. In the seven years since the scene-stealing verse, Minaj celebrated the moment via Instagram and shared that the song nearly didn’t make the album.

From Minaj’s Instagram:

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.

Minaj goes on to say that Jay-Z approached her and asked where the skills came from, with her responding with, “I been nice!” along with saying Yeezy wanted more of the animated voice she was using but she decided to push back.

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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For those who want to see the video, that clip has largely been scrubbed from the Internet. However, peep out Nicki Minaj blacking out on “Monster” below.

Photo: screen cap

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