Rapper YG had a big hit back in 2018 with his song “Big Bank,” which featured a bevy of rap stars in addition to the one and only Nicki Minaj. The song, powered by Minaj’s nimble flow and star power, eventually went triple platinum. Even with that, YG’s not willing to work with her again, however.
Fellow rappers 2 Chainz and Big Sean helped propel the song to hit status and it hit #1 on the US Rhythmic Billboard charts. The DJ Mustard produced record’s video has almost 200 million views on YouTube and the song was such a smash that they performed it together at that year’s BET Awards. So why would YG suddenly denounce one of his hit-making partners?
Not only did they collaborate, they also got matching hair. 6ix9ine has obviously had a checkered past, from dodging cases to snitching on his former manager and other associates and being released because of cov-id. What’s been evident since he was released from prison on these latest charges that he’s become adept at using his street status as a benefit for his career.
In what seemed like an attempt to help allay fan’s fears that Nicki was working with the wrong type of rapper for her career, the “Super Bass” rapper made a post in which she said that the pair’s collaboration would also be helping a non-profit The Bail Project, a fund that provides free bail assistance to low-income individuals who can’t afford to pay bail while awaiting their trial. The irony wasn’t lost on many fans.
Aside from working from the problematic 6ix9ine musically, Nicki’s also caught flack for deciding to work with a publicly known and self-acknowledged “snitch,” which many in hip-hop have considered to be taboo. It was just recently that another rapper came under fire for choosing to work with the “Goomba” rapper – Akon. Both he and Nicki are the only two artists that have seemed to openly show that they’re not afraid of working with 6ix9nine.
YG’s not the only person that doesn’t approve of Nicki’s “TROLLZ” collaboration partner, despite the fact that it earned her another feat for her own record books. Her husband, Kenneth Petty, also isn’t about that life, Nicki shared.
She talked about how even her husband is against snitching culture, having been in the “streets” himself. “My husband doesn’t [mess] with the snitch culture. My husband is just like, ‘You know, I can’t [mess] with that.’ And I respect him because he’s lived a different life. Y’all wanna make it rap one minute and streets the next minute.”
It’s no surprise then why a self-proclaimed “street n—a” like YG would disassociate himself from someone like Minaj, due to his own beef with 6ix9ine.
In a recent interview with DJ Hed, YG was asked if he would collaborate with Nicki Minaj in the future now that she’s dealt with his opponent. It’s safe to say that YG was a bit hesitant with his answer.
“I don’t know, my feelings was hurt,” YG said after shaking his head to imply that the answer was no. “I’m a real street n—a… Yeah, I’m cool.”
See the video below.