Nicki Minaj Disputes Jessie J's Claim About How She Joined Their Song "Bang Bang"

After Jessie J shared her version of how Nicki Minaj ended up on the 2014 hit "Bang Bang," the rapper took to Twitter to make it clear this wasn't how she remembered things.

By Ryan Gajewski Aug 06, 2021 7:10 AMTags
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Nicki Minaj is weighing in about her involvement with a certain hit song, and she also has some words about her, uh, price tag.

After singer Jessie J implied in a Glamour interview published on Thursday, Aug. 5 that Nicki asked to contribute to their 2014 single "Bang Bang," the rapper took to social media to offer her own version of how she ended up on the track. "Bang Bang," which also includes vocals from Ariana Grande, was a single from Jessie J's album Sweet Talker and a single from the deluxe edition of Ariana's album My Everything.

"Babe @JessieJ I didn't hear the song & ask 2get on it," Nicki wrote. "The label asked me2get on it & paid me. How would I have heard the song? [weary face emoji] chiiille what am I the damn song monitor? Snoopin around for songs chile? [tears of joy emoji] This was said by another artist recently as well. Yallgotta stop [balloon emoji] LoveU [blowing kiss emoji]."

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After a fan agreed with Nicki's recollection of the song's origin, the 38-year-old "Super Bass" performer appeared to make it clear she didn't harbor ill will toward Jessie J. In fact, Nicki tweeted that she wished she could have been part of the English singer's 2011 tune "Do It Like a Dude," which counts Nicki's friend Parker Ighile as a writer and producer.

"Chi [tears of joy emojis] but the worst part about this is no1EVER asked me2get on 'like a dude' & I have been obsessed w|that song since the min I heard it," Nicki wrote. "I was doing promo in the UK & heard it on the radio. My artist Parker co wrote it. I would've gotten on that 1 for some pickle juice [pleading face]."

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Jessie J has yet to respond publicly to Nicki's remarks about the song.

During the Glamour interview, Jessie J said that producer Max Martin had written "Bang Bang," and that after she and Ariana both liked it, Nicki also heard the song and asked to contribute to it. 

"Max Martin wrote 'Bang Bang,' and Ariana had been played it, I'd been played it, and we both loved it," Jessie J recalled. "We just said, 'Why don't we both do it?' So Ariana stayed on the second verse, I recorded the first verse, and then Nicki was played it in the studio and was like, 'I've got to jump on this.' We didn't go to her and ask; she wanted to do it."

The 33-year-old "Price Tag" vocalist continued by sharing her excitement upon first hearing Nicki's bars for the song. "I'll never forget: I was in my bedroom in my flat in London, and I got sent the version with Nicki on it," she said. "I just sat at the end of my bed holding my phone, staring at the floor, going, 'How the f--k did I land this?' I literally felt like I'd won a competition."

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