Really! Nicki Minaj Shades Kanye West During Her Essence Festival Performance | Video

Nicki Minaj seemed to call Kanye West a “clown” during a performance of “Monster” at Essence Festival on Friday.

Nicki Minaj cut short her performance of “Monster,” at Essence Festival on Friday night, remarking that she doesn’t “fuck with clowns.” The Kanye West track famously features what many fans believe to be Minaj’s best guest verse.

After performing several of her biggest tracks including, “Do We Have A Problem,” “We Go Up,” “Did It On ’em,” and “Beez in the Trap,” her DJ began to play “Monster,” before Minaj shut it down.

“A monster though!” Minaj began. “A monster though! But we don’t fuck with clowns.”

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From there, she introduced Cash Money Records co-founder Birdman and Lil Wayne as her special guests for the set. They performed “#1 Stunna,” “Seeing Green,” “High School,” “Truffle Butter” and “A Milli.”

If Minaj’s comments were intended as a diss, it’s unclear what prompted things to sour between the two artists. Some fans online began to theorize that West’s recent collaboration with Cardi B on “Hot Shit” could be the cause.

West has yet to respond to Minaj’s performance.

“Monster” was released in 2010 and was included on the tracklist for West’s fifth studio album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. In addition to Minaj, the track features Jay-Z, Rick Ross, and Bon Iver.

Essence Festival is scheduled to resume on Sunday with performances by Summer Walker, The Roots and Friends, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, and more.

Check out Minaj’s apparent diss to Kanye West below.