Halle Berry brought that “I said, what I said” energy to Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night. She went to talk about her upcoming movie “Bruised.” About six minutes into the interview, Jimmy Kimmel shook the table by asking about the viral “Queen of Hip-Hop” conversation that took place over the weekend.
Jimmy stirs fate
He started by asking Haley if she saw what happened on Twitter after Cardi’s compliment. It seems unclear at first. Jimmy then explained, “Nicki Minaj fans were really mad at you.” Haley replied, “I know, and I know.” Meanwhile, Jimmy makes a joke asking “Are you going to hit them,” given the context of Haley’s new movie. Haley laughs and says no. Then Jamie returns to compliment Haley.
“Do you support this assessment of Cardi B as the queen of hip-hop?” Jimmy asked.
“You know I do,” Haley replied with the audience clapping in the background. “But here’s the thing, there’s room for more than one queen. That’s what we need to know. Nikki is a queen in her own right. She is a queen. All of these ladies to me are queens. It can always be more than one.”
Haley’s initial compliment
If you missed it, fans of Nicki Minaj, better known as Barbz, went into a frenzy over the weekend after Halle Berry gave her flowers to Cardi for her contribution to ‘Bruised’. Cardi and Haley paired up to executive produce the film’s first hip-hop soundtrack, All-Female. The actress thanked Cardi during last week’s movie screening.
“Today I want to thank Cardi B, she’s my partner in crime,” Haley said. “I hooked up with her, of course she’s the Queen, hip-hop. She hooked up with Cardi and we paired up and I think created a soundtrack and an album that’s not only historical, but I think it’s a beautiful backdrop to this story.”
The soundtrack features 13 songs and includes some of the most popular and well-known artists in the industry. The list includes: Cardi, HER, Saweetie, City Girls, Flo Milli, Latto, Young MA, Baby Tate, Rapsody, Erica Banks, Big Bottle Wyanna, Ambre and Dream Doll, for each assortment.
Cardi addressed the viral conversation via Twitter on Sunday and asked people to tone down Halle Berry.
“I know how some girls like to wrestle with that childish but ntm kind of on Halle Berry,” Cardi said. “Anyway her movie #Bruised drops this one which she directed on Netflix on November 24th. First female rap film soundtrack! We produced together on Friday.”
Why did the conversation go viral?
After complimenting Haley at the movie show, Winnie Harlow added fuel to the Queen’s talk. The model addressed Nicki Minaj as “the one and only queen of hip-hop” while introducing the winner of “Best Hip-Hop” at the 2021 MTV Europe Music Awards. At the time, Barbz praised Winnie for recognition.
However, it turns out Winnie didn’t use the wording as a way to shade Halle or Cardi. I took to Twitter late Monday night to clear the air after an account called Female Rap Game tried to plot a different story.
“I didn’t see Haley’s speech at the time. I’ve been a fan since middle school and have always felt that way,” Winnie wrote. “I didn’t know Nikki won until they handed me the envelope backstage but I’m so proud of it. Cardi is my sweetheart to me. What shade? I like both.”
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