Did Nicki Minaj Really Threaten To Kill Mariah Carey?

The Answer Depends on Who You Ask

Earlier today we got to see the explosive video of Nicki Minaj cussing out and arguing with Mariah Carey during American Idol auditions in Charlotte, NC yesterday. Since the video came out, lots of new information has come out that kind of adds fuel to the fire. There are new reports that Nicki threatened to get physical with Mariah and even, again reportedly, mentioned gun use. Yikes! We may never know for sure how heated things got yesterday but based on the short video clip we’ve already seen, it’s not too hard to believe that things got even more out of hand than we know. Click below to read these new “deets” and see what you think about this really outrageous Idol feud.


Firstly, let’s check out the transcript of what was said between Nicki and Mariah, including some choice barbs that were not included on the video we saw earlier today:

Nicki: Think I’m playin? Think this shit is a fucking joke? Think it’s a joke? Think it’s a joke? Think it’s a joke? Say one more disrespectful thing to me, if you say one more disrespectful thing to me — off with your head!

Mariah: I am not being disrespectful.

Nicki: Off with your head, off with your head.

Nicki: Don’t tell me I’m insecure, don’t tell me I’m inadequate … you gonna get sent [inaudible] just fall back; don’t … you don’t know [inaudible] I don’t feel inadequate. You’re the insecure one sittin’ up there running down her resume every five minutes.

Nicki: Every time you take a shot at me I’ma take it back, and if you gotta fucking problem then handle it. I told them, I’m not fucking putting up with your f*cking highness over there … figure it the fuck out. Figure it out.

Mariah: whyyyy, whhyyyyy …

Nicki: Figure it out

Mariah: … do I have a 3-year-old sitting around me???

Nicki: I’m not sitting here for 20 minutes and having you run down your resume everyday, No! Goodbye!

Mariah: Listen … I can’t see my kids because you decided to make … to have … to have a little baby fit and going all around the stage.

Nicki: Good, well then go see them now, go see them now … you’re boring as fuck, you’re boring as fuck.

Yeah, this is pretty intense … what I don’t understand is how two people could get so angry over a simple matter of judging a singing competition. But, apparently, things got even worse:

Nicki Minaj’s rant on the “American Idol” set Tuesday went way beyond name-calling … she threatened Mariah Carey’s life — this according to sources connected to the production. Our sources say … in the heat of the argument, Nicki said, “If I had a gun I would shoot her.” The alleged threat was not captured on the video obtained by TMZ. But this is interesting … if you listen to the audio closely, 11 seconds in you hear Nicki say to Mariah, “Off with your head! Off with your head!.”

Wow. I guess in Nicki‘s defense, “sources close to her” claim that Mariah started things by calling her a “bitch”:

Mariah Carey fired the first shots in her “American Idol” war with Nicki Minaj … calling the rapper a “bitch” multiple times … this according to sources close to Minaj. According to our sources, Nicki is adamant … in the moments before the TMZ video begins, Mariah repeatedly berated her … until Nicki finally had enough and exploded. We’re told … Nicki feels Mariah has been wasting everyone’s time by constantly praising herself instead of focusing her energy on critiquing the contestants. One source tells us, “She keeps bringing up how many records she’s sold, name dropping people she’s worked with, how many tours she’s done, and how many Grammys or awards she’s won … Nicki is tired of it.”

Honestly, this all sounds insane to me. I don’t understand how anyone could get angry over … any of this. I mean, yes, once the yelling starts it’s easy to see how everyone can get pissed (tho I don’t understand the need to talk about guns) but beforehand, I’ve yet to hear anything that would make me angry enough to blow up like this. I dunno. If Nicki and Mariah are able to keep their cool from here on out, I think things will work out for AI. If they have more explosive bust ups like this … I don’t really see how these two will be able to work together successfully all season long.

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  1. Megan

    I can see Mariah being extremely annoying to work with, so I can’t hate on Nicki. However, Nicki needs to handle it like an adult.

  2. trent

    PLEASE. point black nicki minaj is a turd.

  3. Sigh. Very tedious, isn’t it?

  4. Ugh…these two. I can’t help but think this is EXACTLY what the producers were hoping for. I hope it backfires and no one watches.

  5. Alys

    Neither of these two should be on this show. It’s already bad enough as a reality TV show, but could they at least keep up the pretense it’s about the singers and not about the judges? Finding some talent and helping them into a music career should trump egos burning out of control. I hate to think these women are making millions for being so gauche.

  6. Nathan

    Nicki Minaj is acting like a piece of sh*t. She needs to grow up and handle things like a proper human being. You can’t threaten to kill someone – well maybe you can in Nicki Minaj-land – but you can’t in real life. Just pathetic. I wasn’t a fan of Nicki becoming a judge in the first place and this further solidifies my opinion.

  7. Matthew

    At the end of the day, everyone has had that moment where they just had to take a deep breath and pray for the patience to be professional and get through the day.

    There is a right and a wrong way to handle disagreements, and Nicki handled this the wrong way. She behaved in a way that makes it hard to support her or her behavior.

    At this point, it doesn’t even matter what Mariah said. You don’t go on an expletive riddled rant and threaten violence in the workplace. It’s completely unprofessional.

    So whether Mariah was being difficult, whether Barbara was being a perfectionist, whether Madonna wasn’t nice, or Christina wasn’t pleasant, there’s still a right and a wrong way to handle things. Restraint, class, professionalism. Miss Minaj needs to get some.

  8. Alex

    Am I the only one who believes this is staged? I mean, we know producers are DESPERATE to keep this show alive, especially now with all these superstars popping up on every other talent show, they need to get the attention somehow. I guess it could be true, but my gut tells me this is completely staged just for the ratings.

  9. Well Mariah confirmed it with Barbra Walters on The View that Nicki DID indeed make the threat!!

    • Now Nicki is going OFF on twitter about it! Her twitter feed is crazy right now!

    • Krissy, LMAO. You’re right! And although I was kinda embarrassed by her behavior, I thought she made a few good points.

    • I wish I could reply to her tweet about the gun issue, and her being accused of it because of her race. My first thought is well, what DID you say before the video? What did she say that corresponded with her “Think I’m playin? Think this shit is a fucking joke? Think it’s a joke? Think it’s a joke? Think it’s a joke? Say one more disrespectful thing to me, if you say one more disrespectful thing to me — off with your head!”
      What, exactly, was she not joking about? It seems like she was threatening violence IMO. Also, the fact that Nicki got so explosively angry and was making the “off with her head” comments…that makes people think that you could be violent. People have to own what they put out into the world.

    • @Krissy — I’m collecting all the tweets in case she deletes them …

    • LMAO! OMG Nicki, Trent is coming for yoooouuuu!!! I love it.

  10. It sounds like Nicki was personally insulted when Mariah would mention her career acheivements. That is pretty weak, IMO. Of course Mariah would refer back to lessons she learned in her career when judging and mentoring new talent. Some people get defensive about things that aren’t even about them, and it sounds like that is what Nicki is doing.

    As I said yesterday, Nicki repeats herself in arguments just like she repeats herself in her mindless lyrics. I can’t imagine having to listen to that for hours. Mariah is a diva, but it is well earned.

  11. Sam

    It’s ironic to me that Nicki got pissed off at Mariah for listing her accomplishments when it seems like that’s exactly what she does everytime she brings up a ‘feud’ she has with anyone….

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