Track Review: Remy Ma, ‘Shether’
Remy Ma clearly shows her disdain for Nicki Minaj on “Shether,” a seven-minute diss track that’s unapologetic to the nth degree.
It’s safe to say that Remy Ma isn’t a Nicki Minaj fan. Remy Ma delivered a seven-minute diss against the rapper/singer, leaving no stone unturned. “Shether” doesn’t have commercial whatsoever written on it, but it does find a tough, underrated MC speaking her mind in most unapologetic fashion.
The main attraction of “Shether” is how hard Remy Ma goes in on Nicki. That means that other aspects of this track – the looped production work and lack of a notable hook – aren’t the focal point. By no means is “Shether” this production tour de force, but it has the basics, which is enough to fuel Remy’s fire. While sound is secondary here, at seven minutes in duration, some added variation would’ve packed a mightier punch, particularly alongside more biting, angry rhymes.
It’s not hard to find “hits” among the rhymes, even if one questions the rapper’s intentions – Jealousy? Status in the game? Ma spends plenty of time focused on Nicki’s body, specifically her butt. Honestly, she’s obsessed with it – at least insulting it… The play on the word is both a low blow, yet clever.
“I told you I wasn’t talkin’ about your dumb ass / It looks stupid, you literally got a dumb ass / Talkin’ cray, and we all know that you dumb as / You get donkey of the day, yeah, you dumb ass…/ And I saw Meek at All-Star, he told me your ass dropped / He couldn’t fuck with you for three months / Because your ass dropped / Now I don’t think y’all understand how bad her ass got / The implants that she had put in her ass popped…”
After she literally gets off her ass, she schools Minaj on what being the “Queen of Rap” encompasses. Ma, again, doesn’t hold back:
“And to be the Queen of rap, you gotta actually rap / The whole industry know that your shit is a wrap / No, to be the Queen of rap, you can’t have a ghostwriter / And that’s why this is my house; Flo Rida / N*ggas done seen Drake pennin’, Wayne pennin’ / and since your first boyfriend left, bitch ain’t winnin’.”
Remy Ma continues to insult, referencing numerous phrases Nicki Minaj said or rapped, using them against her. Among the meanest jabs is when she disses her major label deal.
“And stop talkin’ numbers, you sided a 360 deal / Through Young Money, through Cash Money, through Republic / Which means your money go through five n*ggas before you touch it / Any videos, promotions come out of your budget / Endorsements, tour and merchandise, they finger-f*ck it.”
Phew, Remy Ma is in full-on slaughter mode on “Shether.” It’s an ambitious seven minutes, but keeps rap competitive and fresh. Will this draw wider attention to Remy Ma? Eh, hard to tell. She’s got bars, but most associate her with Fat Joe, specifically back in 2004 with “Lean Back.” Nonetheless, to quote Eminem, she’s “Not Afraid.”