Trina’s A&R Reginald Saunders has got a bone to pick with Nicki Minaj.
In a now-deleted Instagram post, Saunders went on a rant regarding Trina’s “BAPS” single featuring Nicki Minaj, and Minaj’s non-response to a request to shoot the video for the track.
“I want to address the issue so bad about this #BAPS record and VIDEO and it’s taking everything inside of me to remain quiet. This isn’t the first time @nickiminaj has pulled this stunt and trust me it’s cool. I can’t get over how fake people can be for a Lil fame, likes and followers,” Saunders wrote.
“When everyone tried to warn me I still gave her the benefit of the doubt. I can’t wait to see how all of this is about to play out because you can’t stop karmas reign, shame on you.. I mostly feel sorry for the #barbs because they have no clue of the deceiver and manipulator their leader is. #igottimetoday #imnotbeingquiet #myvotegoestoCARDIB”
Youtuber Funky Dineva did an exclusive interview with Saunders where he expounded upon the entire situation.
“To be honest with you this is not the first time that I have worked with Nicki Minaj as far as putting songs together, “Saunders said during the beginning of the interview.
“The first song that we did was ‘Dang-A-Lang’ (featuring Nicki Minaj and Lady Saw).”
Saunders then went on to explain that after they finished that record, Minaj’s verse was mysteriously leaked, which caused them to halt the plans of releasing the track as a single.
He then went on to explain what happened with “BAPS.”
“In the beginning, Nicki was very corresponding. As far as getting the song back to us because she was in Miami. She was in a very dark place at that time. Just living out here. I guess it was only right to connect with Trina,” Saunders explains.
“Trina is a f**king legend at the end of a day. I don’t care how many barbs are out there. If there was no Trina there would be no fat a**es. There would be none of this stuff that’s going on right now. You know Trina don’t have no problems with nobody. So we do the song or whatever, and then Nicki moves back or whatever. We’re trying to put together a great body of work…and Nicki even acknowledged that on her radio show.”
“The correspondence with Nicki then to do the video. Trina was unsuccessful with getting in contact with her. We would text her. Nobody knew where she was. Nicki just fell off the face of the earth. And her process of falling off the face of the earth, nobody knew where she was. She was in a hiatus. Whatever it was whatever she was going through. I know you still got the text from Trina. And one thing about it, people do what they want to do when they want to do it,” Saunders continues.
Saunders went on to say that people started calling him because they got a whiff of the collaboration, and they told him that Nicki wasn’t going to do the video.
Saunders said that he gave her the benefit of the doubt because he worked with her before and he was supportive of her when she blew up.
“I don’t want anyone to think that I’m being bitter, ” Saunders said. “If you don’t want to do a video with the artist then don’t do the song,” Saunders said. “Her excuse is more less going to be like we didn’t have a date or we took too long to do this, but she didn’t even know that there was all of this other stuff going on.”
“It’s not like we were just actually taking our time or pu**yfooting around,” he continued. When Saunders was asked why did he wait to address the issue now, and if it was because Nicki Minaj did the video with Megan Thee Stallion for “Hot Girl Summer,” he said “I am addressing it because as we sit back and we watch. Everybody is watching. Everybody is hitting me up.”
“They like damn. Well, tell me why Nicki doesn’t have the same type of energy with Trina’s stuff. She posted the f**king album cover on her story. Why didn’t you post it on your page?” Saunders continued.
“You gave 24 hours of promotion for a song that you’re on and you’re a part of. That was kind of like side-bar shady sh*t. I’m just keeping it real.”
He then referenced that Minaj dropped her single “Megatron” “out of nowhere” on the same day that Trina dropped her album. “You come from out of the woodworks, from out of nowhere and now you got a date and all of this stuff for the ‘Megatron’ project. All of this stuff is what people don’t know about,” Saunders said.
“I’m not putting the pressure on Trina, but everybody feels some kind of way,” he continued. “And people think that we want to use Nicki for clout. No, we weren’t trying to use Nicki for clout. We had a great f**king song. So it was like then all of this stuff going on and it just makes you feel like I was already warned about this.”
“Now, I got about 50,000 barbs, hitting up under my page. Little kids talking sh*t, saying all kinds of stuff, and they don’t even know what’s going on,” Saunders said.
He also referenced being harassed by Minaj’s fans on Twitter as well. Saunders’ Instagram page has now mysteriously disappeared.
Towards the end of the interview, Funky Dineva asked Saunders to address the speculation that Minaj didn’t do the video because Trina didn’t have a budget for it.
“You know what, there is truth to that,” Saunders said before explaining that when they initially called Minaj, they had the money to do the video, but then something else transpired, which he will address later.
“And then you’ll understand why Trina is in such a dark place right now,” Saunders said.