ShETHER

Album: Single release only (2017)
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Songfacts®:

  • Following speculation that Nicki Minaj was throwing subliminal shots towards Remy Ma on her February 2017 rhymes for Gucci Mane's "Make Love" and Jason DeRulo's "Swalla," the Bronx MC hit back with this scathing diss track aimed at the Pinkprint rapper.

    The two female rappers have being going back and forth since 2007, when Remy felt the opening bars of "Dirty Money" were directed at her, though their public beef seemed to have expired the following year when Ma was incarcerated on multiple charges. Since her release in 2014, the soured feelings between the pair has increased again coming to a head in late 2016 when the Terror Squad MC dropped a freestyle over Nas' "N.Y. State of Mind" that fans speculated contained subliminal shots directed at Minaj.
  • The song takes both its title and beat from Nas' 2001 Jay Z diss track "Ether." It was dropped a day after Minaj's jab on "Make Love" that Remy Ma's comeback project with Fat Joe, Plato o Plomo, had achieved disappointing sales.
  • During the near-seven minute annihilation Ma runs through a list of claims against Minaj. Her accusations include:

    Minaj started the beef between Drake and her ex-boyfriend Meek Mill.

    Minaj hooked up with Lil Wayne, Drake, Trey Songz, Hot 97's Ebro Darden and Gucci Mane.

    She had butt implants that popped, causing her bottom to look obviously unreal and preventing her from having sex with her ex Meek Mill for three months.

    She uses ghostwriters for her rhymes

    Stole one of her most classic lines "All these bitches is my sons" from a 2009 tweet that Remy Ma said she posted while in prison. Minaj first used the line on Pink Friday's "Did It On 'Em" from Pink Friday. She used the phrase again on her 2012 track "I Endorse These Strippers" and several other cuts that followed.

    Minaj supports her older brother Jelani, who is facing life in prison after being indicted for the alleged sexual assault of a minor.

    Signed a "360 deal", which means multiple labels take a cut of her earnings before it reaches her hands. (Young Money, Cash Money, Republic Records) before reaching her hands.

    Ma also references spats Minaj has had with Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift and Mariah Carey.
  • Following the release of the song, many were hoping that Minaj would come with a diss record of her own. Instead she posted a pair of Instagram posts, the first mocking Remy Ma and Fat Joe's Plato O Plomo low sales and the second a snippet of Beyoncé's "Darling Nikki" rework that praised Minaj as rap's queen.
  • Remy Ma performed the track for the first time live for fans at the Hip Hop and Soul Concert in Reading Pennsylvania on February 25, 2017, just hours after the song was released.
  • The song was a retaliation to Minaj's antics away from her music rather than her subliminal stuff on records. "It wasn't that she was targeted. ['Shether'] was a response," Remy Ma explained during an appearance on The Wendy Williams Show. "I feel that it's weird because [Nicki's] been doing this to a lot of females, from Lil' Kim to Mariah [Carey] to Taylor [Swift] to Hannah [Montana], and no one says anything."

    "As far as keeping me off of red carpets, trying to make sure awards don't go to me, or she's not going to be in attendance or trying to get people to make bad reports about my album sales, just anything that I'm doing to make me look less and make her look better," she continued. "When you're trying to stop my bag, when you're trying to stop me from taking care of my children, now I have a problem with that."

    Ma was dressed in a black dress and black veiled hat, during her appearance on the show. When Wendy Williams compared it to a funeral outfit, the rapper replied "My grandmother always told me to never speak ill of the dead."
  • Speaking in a Facebook Live Q&A for Buzzfeed's Another Round podcast, Remy Ma said that although she doesn't regret her scathing Nicki Minaj diss track, "she's not "particularly proud of it" either.

    "I do not condone or recommend the tearing down of another female. That's not what I do," she told hosts Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton. "Anybody that knows me knows that I embrace females. I think we work so much better when we work together and when we help each other. However, in the event that you piss me off and we become archenemies, run for cover."

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