While viewers at home missed the moment after Hulu cut her headlining act from their livestream, Minaj stopped in the middle of rapping her iconic verse of Ye’s classic hit Monster to say, “I’m Monster’d out… and we don’t f— with clowns.”
The diss has many speculating it was due to Ye’s feature on Cardi B’s latest single Hot S—, which dropped the same day.
Nicki Minaj cut Kanye’s part of Monster and said it’s because she doesn’t fw clowns.
This is after he just did a song with Cardi B.pic.twitter.com/Exn76rE95n
— hy (@TheMindOfHY) July 2, 2022
Fans who tuned in for the livestream were especially upset because the Super Bass rapper was plastered on Essence and Hulu’s promo to attract viewers, only to be told her performance would not be available.
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“Nah because this is so messed up, Hulu and essence has been promoting all week saying we’ll be to see Nicki Minaj LIVE on stream.. it seems like they sued us for interactions once again,” expressed a fan.
Nah because this is so messed up, Hulu and essence has been promoting all week saying we’ll be to see Nicki Minaj LIVE on stream.. it seems like they sued us for interactions once again.
— She’s Fishy ➐ (@ShesFishy) July 2, 2022
“Hulu and Essence Fest — y’all are going to hell for not showing Nicki Minaj when you know that’s the only reason we’re watching,” said another user.
Hulu and Essence Fest — y’all are going to hell for not showing Nicki Minaj when you know that’s the only reason we’re watching #ESSENCEFest #ESSENCEFest2022 #ESSENCEFest2022 #EssenceFestOnHulu pic.twitter.com/SXDAepjjOE
— Kejiwhen (@kejiwhen) July 2, 2022
“not essence cancelling nicki live.. they definitely used us for views,” a third fan commented.
— . (@botchedfreak) July 2, 2022
However, fans weren’t left with nothing thanks to concertgoers who uploaded videos to social media. As for Minaj, she wasn’t off the hook, many pointing out she is married to a convicted sex offender, her brother is a convicted pedophile, and her collaborations with rapper 6ix9ine, formerly known as Tekashi69, another known sex predator.
Nicki Minaj Said She Doesn't Fuck With Clowns While Being Married & Pro-Creating With A -…. Her Brother Is A -… She Made Songs With Tek-….
— I Unfollow MUA's Who Don't Tag Their Clients (@BruhManDaeDae) July 3, 2022
The festival continues tonight, with performances by the Isley Brothers, The Roots & Friends: Method Man, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon the Chef, City Girls, Tems, and headliner New Edition.