Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj had a long-standing beef that came to a head when Remy unleashed her diss track “ShETHER.” During an appearance on Hollywood unlocked, Remy Ma explained that she took on this battle for other female rappers more than herself.
“What led up to the whole ‘ShETHER’ thing was I just kept hearing so many things behind the scenes, and I didn’t understand. Why would you do this to me?” Remy said nine minutes into the interview. “I was already annoyed at everything that was going on. I was like, ‘yo, as long as this is the way it is, nobody- not just me- no women are going to be able to succeed as long as this is how it is. If you don’t sound like this, if you don’t look like this, if you’re not bowing down to her, we’re never gonna get nowhere.”
Remy Ma has officially stated that she did that for the sake of women rappers in the hip hop industry. She explained, “I feel like the mold has to be broken.” It needed to be said that everybody could work with whoever they want to work with. It can be more than one, and there can be more than two… You can like me, and you can like her, you can like all of us at the same time.” This bit of insight was essential for the movement which she aimed at from the beginning, the liberation of women rappers in an environment filled with misogyny, led by men.
Remy Ma was released from her eight-year sentence in 2014. She quoted Nicki Minaj’s heartfelt message to her after she was let out of prison. “We had a real conversation. Anything I say, they gon’ say I’m comin’ at you. Anything you say, they gon’ say you comin’ at me. We’re not gon’ let it get to us, and I thought that’s where we were at.”