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Nicki Minaj Fought With Kanye West to Keep 'Monster' on MBDTW

Nicki Minaj Fought With Kanye West to Keep 'Monster' on MBDTW

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Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Yeezy was concerned her verse "would end up being the talk of the album." 

Celebrating the seventh birthday of Kanye West's legendary album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Nicki Minaj reflected over Instagram on the iconic song "Monster," and how the track almost didn't make the LP's final tracklist.

"Kanye called me to tell me Jay put a verse on this song & that he was still deciding if he would put it on his album," Minaj said. "Haha. It was like an hour long call where I tried to convince him to let the song stay on his album. He felt this verse would end up being the talk of the album. I said: YOU'RE KANYE WEST!!!!"

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It's important to note that Minaj's verse on the song is perhaps the most powerful of her career, and one of the best verses in all rap history. It even features a growling voice and a full-fledged scream--but, Minaj remembers, Kanye wanted her to go bigger with it.

"He wanted me to add more of that growling monster voice and I felt it was over kill," she muses. "He wouldn't give in. In the end, maybe he was right."

Take a look at Minaj's post, below:

7 year anniversary of #Monster Kanye called me to tell me Jay put a verse on this song & that he was still deciding if he would put it on his album. Haha. It was like an hour long call where I tried to convince him to let the song stay on his album. He felt this verse would end up being the talk of the album. I said: YOU'RE KANYE WEST!!!! I became the first female rapper to perform @ Yankee Stadium on the JAY/Eminem stadium tour. When I saw him, Jay said: "when u got so nice"? I said: "I been nice"! Ha! Kanye, thank you for being the genius you are. You always put others first. I fought u every step of the way but it worked out. (He wanted me to add more of that growling monster voice and I felt it was over kill.) He wouldn't give in. In the end, maybe he was right. Ha! - this song featured Barbie and Roman. Chyna was my stunt double in the video. (Due to her ASSets). Amber had spoken highly of me to Ye n pushed for him to meet with me. The rest is history. Ye, Jay, Em...All 3 of them helped me in some way. Love

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And here's her legendary "Monster" verse:

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