Jessie appeared to throw shade when she wrote, "Thank you for clarifying I was wrong on that and Do it like dude 😂 Told me huh."
UPDATE AT 7:50 AM ON AUGUST 8, 2021
Jessie J apologized to Nicki Minaj after she said the rapper asked to be on their collaborative hit "Bang Bang" with Ariana Grande, which Nicki fiercely denied.
Taking to her Instagram on Friday, the English singer shared a series of memes involving the drama and before saying she was sorry, suggested one of memes-- where she imitates Nicki rapping to the song -- was the cause of the "weird energy" between the women.
"Is that what this is really about?" Jessie J began. "And where this weird energy between us began? Or maybe it was when you used me as a stair rail at the AMAs. That was also funny af 😂"
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"If we can't laugh in the lives we have been blessed with. What’s the point. It really isn't that deep," she continued. "From the moment I met you to now I have shown you nothing but love and gratitude for how f------ blessed I was to have you and @arianagrande who btw wrote Bang Bang with the insanely talented Max Martin which I found out today. Jesus. What a day. Sorry Ari. I never knew. Wild."
"I'm sorry I got the story wrong all these years, I was told you heard the song and wanted to be on it by someone clearly gassing me up at the label. (Bless them and my naive ass) Thank you for clarifying I was wrong on that and Do it like dude 😂 Told me huh."
She then appeared to poke fun at the situation, suggesting the singers all go out to dinner to celebrate the 7-year anniversary of the song. "Probably not right.. Too soon? Bang bang part two?… No…. Ok got it. Do it like a dude remix? Ok. I’ll stop."
She concluded, "Look, the song did it's damn thing. I will never say you asked to be on the song ever again. Although all this drama means memes and man have the memes of me have kept me entertained all day. Always love and light from me babes."
Her response came pretty quickly after an interview with Jessie was published in Glamour on Thursday where the English singer waxed nostalgic about some of her biggest hits. In it, she talked about how the ladies came to be involved in the smash hit.
She noted that Max Martin had already written the track when they were introduced to it. "Ariana had been played it, I'd been played it, and we both loved it," she said. "We just said, 'Why don't we both do it?'"
Later, she added, "Then Nicki was played it in the studio and was like, 'I've got to jump on this.'"
She further claimed, "We didn't go to her and ask; she wanted to do it." It appears to be these latter two claims that Nicki quickly took issue with.
Sharing an excerpt from the interview, including the above-mentioned story, Nicki tweeted, "Babe @JessieJ I didn’t hear the song & ask 2get on it. The label asked me2get on it & paid me."
Babe @JessieJ I didn’t hear the song & ask 2get on it. The label asked me2get on it & paid me. How would I have heard the song? 😩 chiiille what am I the damn song monitor? Snoopin around for songs chile?😂This was said by another artist recently as well. Yallgotta stop🎈 LoveU😘 pic.twitter.com/LShiO3wEm6
Her further claim was a little more perplexing, as Nicki wrote, "How would I have heard the song? chiiille what am I the damn song monitor? Snoopin around for songs chile?"
Jessie had answered that question already, claiming that all three women were intentionally played the song. That would suggest that Nicki was approached about recording the song and played it.
Jessie never said that Nicki discovered the existence of the song on her own and then said she had to be on it. She said that someone played it for Nicki and then she was excited to be on it. She also never suggested Nicki didn't get paid.
Perhaps it was the claim that Nicki said, "I've got to jump on this," that set her off. We'd all like to think that Nicki would be pumped and enthusiastic about every song she added a verse to, but maybe that's not the case.
Most likely it was the fact that Jessie almost contradicted herself by suggesting that Nicki wasn't asked to be on the track while also claiming that someone played it for her in the studio. Why would they play it if not to see if she was interested in being on it?
We supposed it's possible they just played it to share it with her, and she obliged them, but it's more likely Nicki's claim that the studio asked her to be on the track. But then, they probably also played it for her so she could hear it while they were asking.
Honestly, it sounds like neither woman was really trying to throw shade, nor were their stories all that different as to how Nick came to be involved. And regardless, Jessie's concluding thoughts on the whole thing were pretty euphoric. She has not responded to Nicki's tweet.
"I was in my bedroom in my flat in London, and I got sent the version with Nicki on it," Jessie told Glamour. "I just sat at the end of my bed holding my phone, staring at the floor, going, 'How the f--- did I land this?' I literally felt like I'd won a competition."