Nicki Minaj Accepts Lil Nas X After He Comes Out as a Barb

It looks like Nicki Minaj has added to her army of sons today after she publicly acknowledged Lil Nas X’s coming out as a Barb on Twitter. Although it’s long been speculated by stans that Lil Nas X is a fan of Nicki’s and used to run a popular social media account dedicated to the rapper, he’s denied the rumors. Now, however, it seems he’s finally ready to come forward with the truth about stanning the “Yikes” rapper after requesting a collab in a Twittter thread.

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It all started yesterday when Lil Nas X replied to a video of Nicki with a meme and proposition to collaborate on a new song of his. A Barb replied to the tweet asking him why he never “claimed” Nicki when he and his team were directly confronted about it in the past. He replied, writing that he “didn’t want people to know [he] was gay,” confirming speculation after he tweeted last month that “life is too short to pretend you’re not a barb.” Lil Nas X still has not confirmed whether or not he ran @nasmaraj, although investigative reports seem convinced.

When fellow Barbz started discussing his response from yesterday, telling him that being a Barb doesn’t necessarily you gay, Lil Nas X confessed that people still make assumptions and that the “rap/music industry ain’t exactly built or accepting of gay men yet.” Nicki has addressed these assumptions about male Barbz in the past, acknowledging that some men might not want to be labeled a “Barb” out of fear of judgment — even though they know she’s the queen of rap.

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Despite the back-and-forth over the years as to whether or not Lil Nas X claimed to be a part of the viral fandom, Nicki nevertheless decided to claim him as one of her own today. “It was a bit of a sting when you denied being a barb, but I understand,” she wrote to him in a tweet. “Congratulations on building up your confidence to speak your truth.”

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Lil Nas X replied only about 15 minutes later, apologizing for hopping on the “bandwagon hate” that Nicki was experiencing during the aftermath of the rollout for her latest album, Queen. With both parties assured that there’s no beef between the two, fans can now start to fantasize about whether or not a collab in the future is imminent — or maybe another “Old Town Road” remix? We can only hope.

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Doja Cat and Nicki Minaj Go No. 1 With ‘Say So’

Doja Cat and Nicki Minaj fans alike, let us rejoice. “Say So” just went number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart — but after buying multiple copies, you were probably expecting that, right?

In what will likely go down as one of the most highly anticipated chart reveals of all time, second only to Lil Nas X’s big win with “Old Town Road” in 2019, Doja Cat’s “Say So” remix beat out Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage” remix featuring Beyoncé for number one this week. Fans across social platforms were begging and pleading for their fave to win out all week. While there was some unity amongst fandoms throughout the streaming wars, it was mostly heated competition. From streaming the tracks on several devices to requesting the song on every radio station known to man, Barbz and Beyhive members were ready to back up the new songs at all costs.

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While there will certainly be some disappointment over Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage” clocking in at number two, no one involved has cause to be truly upset. Nicki and Megan have been publicly supportive of each other since their respective release dates, expressing their joy at the very thought of occupying the top spots on the chart alongside one another. The ranking of “Say So” also marks both Nicki and Doja’s first Hot 100 number one hit.

Both remixes had significant promotional campaigns behind them, but it ultimately came down to the numbers when evaluating their performance during Billboard’s tracking period. It’s been publicized that while “Savage” was dominating streaming platforms, “Say So” had managed to secure ample radio play and a large volume of sales. Either way, we’re just happy to see the megastars shining at the top where they belong. Stream “Say So” and “Savage,” below.

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