It was just last week that Remy Ma sparked what feels like one of the most legendary beefs in rap history with a brutal seven-minute track entitled "shETHER." By choosing to rap over Nas’ "Ether" – a diss track which formed part of his iconic feud with JAY Z – Ma was making a clear combative statement; not only did she accuse Minaj of sleeping with her collaborators and using ghostwriters to further her career, she went into graphic detail when discussing the rapper’s rumored butt implants.

The music industry has a renowned history of pitting women against each other, but this time it’s arguable that both women will profit enormously. In other words, there’s finally room for more than one top female rapper. Some of the industry’s most impressive talents – JunglePussy, Princess Nokia, Tommy Genesis, Cakes da Killa and Le1f – are representative of this shift away from a heterosexual male-dominated hip-hop game, offering hope for diverse new talent to break through in the near future.

Although Minaj’s Barbs were quick to respond with tweets like ‘Remy who?,’ Ma spent the formative years of her career building an impressive mixtape back catalogue and earning unparalleled respect for her quick punchlines and vicious delivery. A 6-year incarceration saw her career derailed before gaining mainstream traction, but she's already garnered success and recognition for her guest spot on huge hit "All the Way Up," not to mention pressing this Nicki feud even further with last week's "Another One." For those familiar with her work, it comes as no surprise to hear her annihilate Minaj on wax, as it is but the latest in the ongoing saga of Remy vs. the World. Here are a few of her most famous feuds and the fire tracks that came as a result.

Lil' Kim

There’s an oft-repeated insinuation that the rap industry has room for only one female megastar at a time, which would perhaps reveal why so many of the rappers Ma has beefed with have been female. Not only can she stand toe to toe with the best men in the business, she can often beat them with her lyrical dexterity and rapid-fire flow. Still, the last beef she picked was with Lil' Kim, a rap legend also famed for declaring herself as the ‘Queen of NY.’

Ma famously destroyed Kim on a number of tracks including "Doo Wop (That Thing) Freestyle" and "When I See Her"; the latter track is ambiguous, but Ma released a YouTube video of the song’s recording and imitates Kim at the end which makes her intended target clear. Kim also took shots on a remix of "I Get Money," referencing Ma’s "Conceited" and calling her amateur. But even in light of all this, it seems the beef has since been squashed. Just this week, Kim praised "shETHER" and favourably compared it to Drake’s "Back To Back."

Lady Luck

It was as part of Fat Joe’s Terror Squad that Remy Ma first gained mainstream recognition, but her underground breakthrough came when she destroyed Lady Luck in a series of rap battles hosted as part of New York’s Fight Klub. Known then as Remy Martin, the young rapper opens with swagger and a confident flow, proclaiming herself to be a “beautiful bitch that just happened to rap.”

Over the course of several rounds, Ma bragged about her cash, her jewellery and her gun game before getting personal and spitting lyrics like “Look, you a hothead / I’ll leave your head hot / you know I got lead when you see that red dot.” As well as $20,000 prize money, Ma left a lasting impact on Luck, who later revealed she had battled suicidal thoughts as a result of the hate she received after her altercation with Ma. The two later staged a rematch and, to this day, the match is still renowned as one of the most iconic altercations in Fight Klub history.

Fat Joe

Although Joe remains one of Ma’s most frequent collaborators – they recently released joint album Plato O Plomo – relations between the two became famously strained when the rapper served time. Joe has spoken out to say that disagreements arose when Ma’s debut album There’s Something About Remy didn’t sell as well as expected. “When her album came out and it didn’t do as good as she anticipated, she wanted to blame somebody”, he explained in a 2011 interview.

As for Ma, she discussed a lack of contact and seemed to suggest that Joe deserted her when she went into prison, but things were tense even before that. She dissed his lack of support for her album publicly on her freestyle over Lauryn Hill’s iconic "Doo Wop (That Thing)" and saw her husband Papoose become a valuable partner in the feud. His diss track, "A Fair One," pulled no punches and seemingly exposed the truth about Joe’s contribution to Ma’s career: “When Remy Ma got cut, you ain't ride out partner / You went to Western Union and sent her 900 dollars.”

Foxy Brown

The feud between Remy Ma and Foxy Brown has been going on for so long that many suggest that a lyric in "shETHER" was aimed at the rapper – “Talk shit about me to a deaf bitch / and usually I have sympathy for the impaired / but not when you hard of hearing from untreated gonorrhea.” At surface level, this seems a direct reference to Brown’s temporary hearing loss which, if true, wouldn’t be the first time she's taken shots like this. Over a decade ago she hit out at this fact on the "Most Anticipated" freestyle, spitting “Picture me robbed by a washed-up video chick, and how I’m arguing with Foxy when she can’t hear shit?”

Beef started way back in 2004, when Ma claimed Brown “don’t got nothing going on” and then said she hoped the rapper would stay out of the rap game. She then called out the star for a lack of respect, and rumours began to swirl that the feud had escalated into a physical altercation when Brown’s weave got caught in Ma’s bracelet. Word has it that, had Ma had her way, the battle would have been taken to the verbal arena; apparently, Brown was challenged to a rap battle but declined. Incidentally, she reappeared on Instagram just a few days ago to insinuate that she’s Team Nicki – hardly surprising.

Nicki Minaj

"shETHER" is neither the first nor, reportedly, the last time Ma and Minaj have come for one another. The beef started back in 2007, when Minaj rapped “tell that bitch with the crown to run it like Chris Brown” over a Terror Squad beat. Given that Ma was a member of Terror Squad and had released a mixtape entitled Most Anticipated (Queen of NY), it seemed logical to view this as a subliminal. Ma later confronted Minaj at a party and, from that point onwards, the duo were seemingly friendly – Ma even used a clip of Minaj shouting “fuck you, free Remy!” to open "shETHER."

Things, however, escalated again this year when Ma released a remix of "Truffle Butter" peppered with lyrics about fake bitches feigning authenticity and the line: “You talk tough but I really did a sentence / in black ink your fingers never been printed”. This was interpreted as a reference to The Pinkprint cover art, although Ma claims in "shETHER" that she was never taking direct shots. Minaj responded on two recent tracks, "Swalla" and "Make Love" which finally tipped Ma over the edge and resulted in the biggest beef in recent memory, heightened even further by Ma's second diss track in two weeks "Another One." So far, Minaj has only responded with a (now-deleted) screenshot of an article citing Ma’s disappointing record sales and a post of Beyoncé singing that Minaj is the queen of rap. Stay tuned.

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