#NoEdgesLeftBehind: Important Lessons from Remy Ma’s Nicki Minaj Diss Track ShETHER
I was minding your business on this quiet Saturday when Remy Ma derailed all my plans by dropping ShEther.
It is her manifesto of shade, directed at Nicki Minaj. I am here, as a witness, to the annihilation of Onika Maraj, in the hands of Reminisce Mackie. I stand before thee, in testimony to the power of the pen, when you are perturbed from someone trying you too much. And when you fresh out of chill.
I listened to that track and had to immediately apply some Jamaican Black Castor Oil to my hairline and give it a good massage. Because FATHA GAWD. REMY AIN’T LEAVE NICKI NO EDGES. No edges left behind. This wasn’t just a diss track. This was an epic read for the ages, brought here to bring us good cheer in this Black History Month. My feelings are hurt for Nicki. My feelings are hurt by proxy. I feel like *I* need to get my shit together from this.
It is petty poetry and a masterful shade sonnet. It is 7 minutes of verbal decimation. ShETHER is the reason for studying. I want to listen to it over and over again, taking notes and learning how I can be better at the art of letting people know how they need to have every gahtdamb seat.
But even more important, it was a do-better manual for us, as Remy dropped major keys for us to learn from about business, boss shit and authenticity. There are lessons to be learned in ShETHER. We just need to listen to them and receive it. Here are some things I took away from this track.
Plagiarism is unbehooving.
“You stole a line about bitches being your son. How you take my ’09 jail tweet and run?”
You should be an originator, not a thief. Don’t be the copycat, bro.
Get high quality body work.
“The only shots you ever took were in your buns. And I saw Meek at All-Star. He told me your ass dropped. He couldn’t fuck you for 3 months because your ass dropped. I don’t think you understand how bad her ass got. The implants that she had put in her ass popped.”
CHISOS IS LORD EVERLASTING. Look at Nicki’s life. If you insist on getting plastic surgery, please make sure you get the good kind. You want the high quality joints, so that you won’t have to wait 90 days to have sex with your man because your implants are so fragile, they popped. We do not use coupon codes for plastic surgery, y’all. This is how people end up with butt shots that make them looking like they’re smuggling 2 flattening soccer balls in their pants. Learn this lesson.
Also, Meek Mill is bitchmade because why is he running his slack jaws to tell someone else about Nicki? I see why he fails successfully so often.
Real rappers write rhymes.
“To be the queen of rap you gotta actually rap. The whole industry know that for you, it’s a wrap. No, to be queen of rap, you can’t have a ghostwriter. That’s why, this is my house, Flo Rida. Ni**as done seen Drake penning, Wayne penning.”
Is Nicki a rapper or a parrot? CHALLONJ.
“You an internet troll, a web browser. I’m sorry. You can’t get online without Safaree.”
Chrome is better, anyway. And keep your ex-boyfriend’s name out your mouth.
Don’t punk punks.
“How you on the VMAs acting like you hood? Talking about “Miley what’s good?” That’s Hannah Montana. She’s always happy. You only fronted on Mariah cuz Mariah don’t carry.”
If you’re gonna come for someone, come for someone on your own level. Not some raggedy Disney star who looks like she couldn’t win a fight with an ant. And not for a washed up pop singer whose security blanket must be the spaghetti strap slinky gowns she insists on wearing for every occasion. She’d probably wear them to the gym.
Ownership of your work is vital.
“You signed a 360 deal through Young Money, through Cash Money through Republic. Which means your money goes through 5 niggas before you touch it!… You make like 35 cents offa each ducket. I own my masters, bitch. Independent. So for every sale I do, you gotta do like 10.”
She said one, two, three, four, FIVE fools gotta get paid before she does. Chei! 360 deals are the devil, and the more middlemen you have, the less money you get. More important, as an artist and musician, you need to own your own work. Whoever controls the masters controls the money. Do not hustle backwards.
I’m over here reviewing ALL my contracts to make sure I’m doing right. #RemyMaTaughtMe.
Know your status.
“You hard of hearing from untreated Gonorrhea.”
This was about Foxy Brown. What Remy was saying is get tested, y’all. For everything.
Be a good role model to Black girls.
“I’m the bad girl? When she’s the one out here misleading Black girls. All these fake asses influenced by that girl, dying from bad surgeries. What a sad world.”
When you are a role model to Black girls, and you are showing them a funhouse mirror body that they might force themselves to achieve, you are not being as responsible as you should be. We cannot have our young girls looking at the body where you’re dragging fakeness behind you as ideal. This was a #TeachtheBabies moment.
Do not support pedophiles.
“And I got a few words for the moms of the young Barbs. Guess who supports a child molester: Nicki Minaj. You paying for your brother’s wedding. That’s hella foul. How you spending money to support a pedophile?”
I mean. The things we put out money behind speak loudly about where we place our values and priorities. So when Nicki decided to fund her brother’s wedding, she was saying his crimes were okay and she will still stand behind him, in spite of the fact that they were heinous. Yes, blood is blood. But we don’t need to condone all things kin do.
The entire 7 minutes is just one big wig snatch. I haven’t fact-checked, of course, but this is the type of shit that Nicki just needs to go lay down and low for a week or 5 over. How do you come back from this? What do you say to fix this ether? I have no clue.
Honestly, the biggest lesson here is that anyone who willingly wears blonde bangs while the rest of her hair is black is not someone to mess with.
Remy Ma ain’t the one, and now folks been put on notice. This is someone who was locked up for shooting her girl, who owed her less money than you’d pay for rent in a studio apartment in New York City. She BEEN told y’all she ain’t the one to try it with. Come for her and your career might be tanked as she drags you from here to Timbuktu. I know Papoose is somewhere proud AF of his babygirl.
This track wasn’t just to dropkick Nicki’s ego through the goalposts of life. It was to let people know how to do right. Thank you for your work, Remy.
Let me go listen to this again. I’m obsessed. I wanna write a thesis on it. I’m so inspired by the savagery.
EDIT: I keep seeing folks be all “I can’t believe you are supporting women tearing each other down” regarding #ShETHER. If I had NO couth, I’d say whoever has a problem with it can suck my nuts. But I won’t say that. ????
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Nicki got bodied.
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“This is someone who was locked up for stabbing her girl..”
No, she actually shot her…
Shot her twice, right?
Damb. Well, fixed to say that.
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Love this recap!!!
Remy (allegedly) shot her (ex) girl over less than rent money.
And you’re right it was Savage!!
#remymataughtme … I loved this recap! I’m just gonna sit back and see what color the walls are next!
Brilliant use of the Color Purple line…LOL!
I’m not not on any side but I’ve got to say you can’t trash Nicki for paying for a family member’s wedding –which I might add doesn’t necessarily imply she supports his actions but I won’t get into that, back to my point. You can’t trash Nicki as not being a good role model then elevate a person who allegedly shot someone to a higher standing. Then implying that stabbing/shooting a friend accords her some type of respect c’mon Luvvie!
She also paid his legal defense. And supporting a pedophile is bad. And that girl stole from Remy. Not saying that shooting her was right but if you steal and you get caught then hey.
Ma’am…I am willing to take sides. As they say in the hood, “I’d rather kill than steal.” Remy Ma shot someone who stole from her. That was retaliation. I do not agree, but I can at least understand.
Nicki Minaj is in these streets cheering for a child molester. This I can neither understand nor agree with.
Did I trash Nicki or did Remy?
Luvvie, is now a good time to remove Anne and Alex off the Blaxit list?
I actually don’t even live in the states, I’d be the one welcoming you to the motherland! Which I would with open arms BTW! We are not robots and having different opinions is good for helpful discussions and makes life interesting ! I love Luvvie by the way, I’ve really enjoyed her book and I’m giving it to my friends coz it’s awesome.
Shut your ass up
Thank you!!! How is she going to scold Nicki for supporting a pedophile but then praise someone for shooting a person, who could have died btw, over a few hundred bucks? Lol girl I don’t under stand. And I bet Luvvie will come up with some childish, sarcastic response.
And so now Nicki must ignore her brother because of his past? At the end of the day fam is still fam. Nicki loves her brother to the point she will not let his flaws result in her ignoring blood. I am sure Nicki corrected her brother when he committed the act, and most likely he repented. Who is Luvvie to play God and say someone does not deserve forgiveness? But we can forgive and excuse a woman who almost killed a person because of money? Okay I see ????
Nicki’s brother MOLESTED and RAPED innocent CHILDREN. Remy Ma punished an adult for stealing from her.
I already stopped messing with certain relatives over them beating their wives, I most certainly would cut my brother off for molesting children. You can go ahead and be trash with your family if you want to, but I hold my people to a higher standard.
How you gonna say the dude “most likely repented” when he’s rejecting plea deals and PLEADING INNOCENT?
Please let your bloodline die out; such foolishness can not continue.
But almost killing someone because of debt is justifiable? Do you hear yourself speak or just want to attack us for our response?
Shooting someone over money is just a hood, nasty, and evil.
But raping kids ain’t?
My kin gets charged with raping a 12/13-year-old REPEATEDLY, he can have a jailhouse wedding.
Nicki is paying for his legal defense hoping to get him out. Pedos don’t stop either by the way… they just get more skilled at getting away with it.
Remy did her time. She doesn’t try to defend what she did either. So yes she can speak on it.
Going to jail and coming out a better person through hard work and determination… I find that very inspiring. And if you watch LAHH you would see… she seems to be a woman very greatful for what she has.
No one is perfect.. but these 2 things aren’t even on the same level. Crimes against children are the worst… Even criminals know this. He you ever watched anything on prison and jail life… pedos have to be pUT in protective custody.
In the arrrrrms of an angel….
I’m mad that I really read that like I was hearing the commercial.
Best part is “Chriso is L… Everlasting”. Had me cracking up on the line about using coupons. PS. Don’t like using the Lord’s name in vain specially about some NM jokes. Luv u Dez
Nicki got dragged like an antelope in the jaws of an alligator on a Wild Kingdom rerun. I still got mad love for the girl, but she needed a wake up call like this.
LMAO! The drag was historic.
Only you could pull multiple lessons from a musical sermon. Preach Luvvie! I am waiting for you to address what some see as Remy slut shaming Nicki. I don’t get slut shaming from Shether. Don’t lie on the box! And don’t sell the box for beats and features while targeting a young audience…
I love you, Luvvie, but I do have mixed feelings about kicking this woman when she’s down–specially when just last year you praised her response to Miley.
Yup, I sure did praise her snatching Miley’s wig. But this diss track as a standalone piece of work is EVERYTHING. I ain’t got no mixed feelings. Carry on.
LB I feel you. Posts like this is an op for Luvvie to gain fame. One day she will have beef with someone and that same person will handle Nicki in the same way Remy Ma handled her. Let me see if Luvvie will blog about herself getting ethered.
Grown women acting like this? Smh so what will Luvvie benefit from this post? Just more people knowing about her? Smh.
If you dislike Luvvie… *looks around at ALL the other stuff you could be doing in the world* then WHY are you here?!
*sigh* The Barbz are here. The only fan base even MORE delusional than Beyonce’s. *goes to find shelter*
To hear Nicki tell it, she’s not down. She’s out here posting billboard stats and liking tweets about her net worth.
It’s funny how people are trying to take a stand for Nicki when she only takes stands on issues that affect her and tries to use her stans as a personal army.
After hearing Remy Ma, I felt like I did something to her LOL! This recap was EPIC!!
Thank you Professor Ajayi!
This was a tongue lashing. A lyrical lynching. #Humble. You are right, Nicki need NOT RESPOND. A true example of when someone tells you “This ain’t what you want”. #Remytaughtme.
I listened and I know it’s art, but damn, I am so tired of people doing shit for attention and dollars. This is why the cass me out girl is famous. I wish we weren’t so eager to drag people for sport and fame.
Stacy this is hip hop!! Battling. If you’re screaming loud and clear you’re #1. Then expect someone to ALWAYS challenge you!! This is not pop. Earn your spot.
Thank you! I’m like did everyone forget that battling is the ESSENCE of rap. It’s showmanship. I’m over all of this weird sensitivity to something that is part of the genre.
I’m over it, too. Especially since it seems to pop up the most when female MCs battle. Never did I hear the whole “dragging is mean! they should just support each other, play nice and get along!” message about Jay-Z and Nas.
I heard the diss track and felt personally offended, like she was attaching me somehow. I was clutching imaginary pearls and everything. Nicki needs to retreat to the outerskirts of Narnia after this one.
Luuvie, surely you have something more to do than write think pieces on WOC putting each other down. How do you have the pedestal that you do, when what do is perpetuate this petty behavior? You’re the worst sort of public figure that doesn’t contribute to the unity of your own people. Look at all the greatest surrounding you, please take advantage of it and mature yourself.
This is how Luvvie gets fame. Being petty and making fun of celebrities. It is like the classy version of Wendy Williams. And unfortunately people in our culture like it. Don’t worry. Luvvie is on her way to fame. When she gets a first tabloid or gossip blog written on her, she will understand where you are coming from. Then she won’t pick up the keyboard to be “funny” and “petty” anymore.
Funny though. Funny how this is not seen as wrong but beef between Dr. Umar and Seti and other woke folks are called “fighting each other.”
Correction: *comic version of Wendy Williams
Girl, you need to calm all the way the fuck down. Go find something to do with your time.
Hian! Iz like, you pipo that want to comman being doing sermon forget that this is par for the course for Awesomely Luvvie. My dear, if you don’t like it, find the blog about “Kumbaya” now! Who h-asked you here?! Who h-asked you? Please go-an comman siddown and leave Luvvie alone!
Paula, have several seats because it’s clear you don’t know what you’re talking about or who Luvvie is to claim that she “doesn’t contribute to unity…” You are all the way wrong.
Girl BYE! You sound so tired with this rhetoric. THIS IS RAP!!! Nicki has been puffing herself up talking a lot of smack. Now that a raptress has challenged her she is quiet as a mouse. It was easy to defend a “crown” when no one else was around. You are the problem with the black community today. Stop always crying about everything like a punk. We have real issues and a rap beef is barely one of them. You cry babies always whining about every little thing is why no one takes black ppl seriously. Congrats on failing black ppl and being the reason our real concerns and issues are ignored.
Wait a minute…HARPO who these people…they must be new. Carry on Luvvie I enjoyed the piece. I felt that Remy was telling me to get my life right and I ain’t even do anything. SOOOOOOOOO when you gonna send I’m Judging You to Onika I think she needs some reading material for her mandatory vacation.
Okay, who let all of the “we got to do better” people in? The diss was EPIC, and Luvvie and the rest of us are in awe of the poetic petty Remy Ma embodied in this track. Lyrically she did that. We can acknowledge this and STILL care about “our people”! It’s entertainment and “diss tracks” are a staple of rap music, which is a form of ENTERTAINMENT – where ya’ll been?
Luvvie writes MULTIPLE observations on more serious topics, I read and enjoy them, so again where ya’ll been? I think she and we are allowed to bask in a little bit of artistic savagery every now and again, we’ll have plenty of time to get all “Angela Davis fighting the power while doing the right thing” geez!
Someone’s on here, like “this is how Luvvie is getting fame.” I’m just sitting over here, wondering if I’m in a different timeline where Luvvie didn’t write a best-selling book that was optioned by Shonda.
OH MY GAWD people have GOT to calm down. Rap has always been about battling, battling is the essence of rap! It is what TRUE lyricists do, not this bubble gum shii the young of today have turned rap into. People have got to stop being so sensitive… #KnowYourHistory
This needs to be read over and over. Like wtf? The essence of rap has always been battling and going at your opponent lyrically. It’s how we got classics and it’s better than putting a bullet in someone. You let out that anger and frustration on the beat. People are killing me not knowing how true rap, not that POP rap/singing.
I just listened to it for the 9th time…did Remy really have to call her an “A-list groupie”.
Also, how did Remy know ALL her business? Who’s been dry snitchin’?
*looks to and fro*
EXACTLY! Dry snitchin’ will have your ass limpin’?
Where did all these haters come from? Git dem outta heya!
Im confused as to why some people want to jump to Nicki’s defense now because, this is a fight she started with all her jabs and subliminals over a period of time. Remy was silent and let little miss Minaj continue on with her bs until she felt it was time to CLAP BACK. When u keep pushing a person into a corner… Eventually they are going to come out… Dont be mad a Remy for defending herself. Point blank.
Nicki shoulda keep her mouth shut she got what she deserve next time Ms Nicki know who you fuckin wit.
@Awesomelyluvvie Magnificent Recap. Perfect analysis. Plus I just finished Audible of your book. Loved it! I just subscribed 2017 is looking Awesome now.
Remy just mopped the floor with Nicki. Lord have mercy.
I know I wouldn’t have had a damn clue what this was all about without this recap. #education
Girl, you just wrote the synopsis of the thesis, the savagery was real…
I’m not big in the Rap Genre but I wanted to know what this mess is all about. I love Nikki and I love Remy. I just want to THANK YOU for breaking down the lyrics for me and helping me to understand what they mean (as I don’t comprehend the Rap lingo). This was a great article! I look forward to reading more! PLEASE DO NOT LET THE NAYSAYERS STOP YOU FROM KEEPING IT REAL. The thing is this is what you do, it is not based on anyone’s opinion. You bring the story….So keep bringing the stories!
I work in this business and everyone, I mean EVERYONE I know who has ever had contact with Nicki says she is thee worst human being. Terrible. Caustic. Evil.
I hate to say it but karma is real and she completely had this coming.
I love them both. I understand the “history” of rap. I know the importance of competition. Here are my issues:
1. History or no history, rap and battles should stick to relevant topics. The relevant topic is “queen of rap”, personal attacks on family business and anything other than what is relevant is tacky and a reach for support. Also this creates the grounds for things to go further than the booth (violence-shootings, fights, etc)
2. Together, these 2 could be the most powerful, influential, and inspiring examples to young women in the black community and beyond. Instead, our culture has been so conditioned to hate that, not only do these negative energies “entertain” us, they instill and “empower” us to hate deeper and with more passion than we have, sometimes in our very own lives. Proof: more people have responded and viewed this track than have ever bought a Remy Ma album-fact, why? She and Big Pun just released a new project (that is very good), yet sales have yet to eclipse 50,000 units according to sales metrics data. WHY?? THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH THIS MENTALITY PEOPLE. SUPPORT HER WORK THAT PROMOTES HER SKILL AND FOCUSES ON HER OWN SUCCESS VS. SUPPORTING HER FOR EMBODYING THE “CRAB IN A BUCKET” MENTALITY THAT “RAP HISTORY” AND “BATTLING” has created. While I sit here and even take the time to address this; country music stars, jass musicians, rock artists, etc. are somewhere collaborating and uplifting each other…AND THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS, not battling!!!!
-And this kind of shit would also be the reason why Donald Trump was elected—-people TOO concerned with irrelevant banter and “likes” “follows” “entertainment” and “retweets” “street beefs” VS. “Success” “support for each other” “gaining priceless knowledge” “VOTING” and ultimately “LOVE”.
My stop is the next on the train, which is the only time I have to pay this any attention (off work, not researching substantive subjects that add value to my own life, setting new goals, eating healthy, exercising, sleeping, listening to an informative podcast, striving be better and UPLIFT those around me, envying my peers who INSPIRE me to be better. Ya know, important shit!! Have a great day and hope that I dont sound like a grandmother lol…I’m only 30 ☺✌
Man you said a whole lot to not say much at all. You are trying to make an educated point but fail miserably. Stop blending topics and acting like ppl living and enjoying something other than spending 24/7 focusing on all the serious ills of the world is wrong. Stop acting like everyone has to collaborate and get along. That is not natural nor realistic. These ridiculous ideoligies that “educated” black continuously try and shovel down ppls throats obviously doesn’t work. What other culture is sooooooo concerned with making 100% of the race all get along and live happily? No one. Not even in Africa. They are smart enough to realize that isn’t natural or how life works. Stop being a captain save ’em. The definition of insanity at it’s finest.
*jazz* damn autocorrect!!
So you are praising a woman who shot another woman over a few dollars, for dissing another woman who dissed her?
This entire thing is sad. We can do better. So can you Luvvie.
Oh, shut up.
And this is the result. Like I said, “sad.”
Yeah, she is. Any other obvious questions boy genius? Jeez you cry babies are ridiculous! Remy paid the price for her crime. Sounds like yall need to hit Nicki up to give her material for a come back becaise those crickets are REAL loud about now.
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[…] than scrolling through some of the social media reactions, and reading Luvvie Ajayi’s hilarious post, I actually don’t care about the well-done beef between the two rappers […]
I heard the “song” and can honestly advise Nikki to stop paying a mortgage because she has a permanent home in Remy Ma’s head. I’m officially old; I’m tired of dis tracks being considered masterful; an ex felon talking about a brainless bimbo isn’t to be celebrated. Damn, hip hop and rap keep getting older but never grows up. That doesn’t mean dull; but I want to see Remy Ma use her wordsmithing ability on say, the annoying orange. You know, ether the guy in charge rather than the person in the same pot of boiling water she’s in.
I so love you. This is the best synopsis EVER. I have listened to it about 4 times, and each time, I feel like someone shot me in the stomach. BABBBYYY, the edges were SNATCHED and thrown into the lake of “don’tyouEVERtryme”!!
Nicki will NEVER get respect from real hip hop EVER. She lives in pop land and that’s where she will stay and make money and do fashion and whatever but its over for the hip hop Culture. And when her fans grow-up they won’t want to be associated with her (like kiddie music). She will try to cross over into movies and every time she comes on the screen the audience will boo and laugh like crazy. She better stack her coins and become a real Boss in the industry and put others on because its over for her as a hip hop performer. The streets may be poverty stricken but they crown the kings and queens – always have and always will. Ain’t nobody checkin for her in the streets. It’s over.