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Today marks the seventh anniversary of the release of “Monster,” the game-changing single from Kanye West that proved to be a centerpiece of his 2010 masterpiece My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. But it seems that if Ye had his way, the track would not have appeared on the record at all; Nicki Minaj revealed in an Instagram post that “Monster” was very nearly cut from the album. See her post below.

“It was like an hour long call where I tried to convince him to let the song stay on his album,” she writes, which makes sense, as “Monster” is perhaps best known as a showcase for Minaj’s utter ferocity as an emcee. She also says that Kanye “wanted me to add more of that growling monster voice and I felt it was over kill.”

Revisit “Monster” below via Spotify.

In other music news, DJ Khaled threw an insanely lit first birthday party for his son Asahd. See what the festivities entailed here.

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Words by Jake Boyer
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