Trina's A&R Calls Nicki Minaj a 'Deceiver and Manipulator'
A member of Trina’s team is putting Nicki Minaj on blast.
Taking to Instagram on Monday (Aug. 12), Reginald Saunders, an A&R executive for Trina’s Rockstarr Music Group, called Minaj a “deceiver and manipulator.” While he didn’t reveal the exact reason for his frustration, it stems from Trina and Nicki’s collaboration “BAPS” off Trina’s album The One.
“I want to address the issue so bad about this #BAPS record and VIDEO and it’s taking everything inside of me to remain quiet,” he said. “This isn’t the first time @nickiminaj has pulled this stunt and trust me it’s cool. I can’t get over how fake people can be for a Lil fame , likes and followers.”
He added, “when everyone tried to warn me I still gave her the benefit of the doubt. I can’t wait to see how all of this is about to play out because you can’t stop karmas reign, shame on you .. I mostly feel sorry for the #barbs because they have no clue of the deceiver and manipulator their leader is.”
Saunders said he will speak more about the issue in an upcoming interview. He also seemed to insinuate that Minaj didn’t do enough to promote the record. “Don’t do a song with me and then you can’t perform it when it’s time to do a show,” he said. “Don’t do a song with me when it’s time to do the video, you can’t be fully supportive. Don’t do a song with me if you can’t post it on your page.”
View this post on Instagram
I want to address the issue so bad about this #BAPS record and VIDEO and it’s taking everything inside of me to remain quiet. This isn’t the first time @nickiminaj has pulled this stunt and trust me it’s cool. I can’t get over how fake people can be for a Lil fame , likes and followers. when everyone tried to warn me I still gave her the benefit of the doubt. I can’t wait to see how all of this is about to play out because you can’t stop karmas reign, shame on you .. I mostly feel sorry for the #barbs because they have no clue of the deceiver and manipulator their leader is. #igottimetoday #imnotbeingquiet #myvotegoestoCARDIB
Nicki addressed the issue on her Queen Radio show on Monday (Aug. 12), saying she offered to shoot a video for “BAPS” as long as there was a budget. “I always ask people, ‘Do you have a budget to promote the record?’ That’s it,” she said. “It’s a business. I don’t understand. No matter who I show love to, somebody’s mad. It’s not OK. That record was done like two years ago and I have the text messages where I kept on saying, ‘Hey, let’s do the video now while I’m living in Miami, ’cause you know sometimes when I get busy, I get real busy. I got downtime. Let’s get it out the way.'”
She explained that she invited Trina on Queen Radio to promote her album, along with Lil Durk and Chance the Rapper. “The Megan Thee Stallion thing, that’s a single. It’s different,” she said. “I don’t know how people don’t see that. It’s officially a single that a record company is working and putting money behind. I always show the same love to anybody. Anytime I do a song with somebody, I show love just because I appreciate being a part of their record.”
She also called out Trina for not checking her team. “For your team or anybody’s team to feel like I owed you anything or to go out and disrespect me because I’m showing love to another female and you’re not gonna check them, then that’s not cool,” she added. “I dropped my own song that same day and still asked you, ‘Hey, come up to Queen Radio and promote your album.’ These are things that I don’t have to do. I’m not entitled to do anything for anyone. No one does anything for me. Y’all don’t go out of your way to stop the hate and jump in front of the hate train for me and do all of that shit.”
Nicki explained that it was a business decision. “I also have to worry about what is gonna make not only sense, but dollars. I have to make so many business decisions and it’s not fair that people don’t understand that and I would never have anybody from my team disrespect somebody that I know shows me nothing but love—all the time. And has kept it nothing but fucking real.”
Going forward, Nicki says that anyone that has an issue with her can take it up with her soon-to-be husband, Kenneth Petty. “Whoever from your team that got something to say about Onika Tanya Maraj, if they’re a man tell them to address it with my husband. Y’all need to stop addressing me. Enough. Enough. It’s just getting corny at this point. Nothing is ever enough for anybody–ever.”