AceShowbiz - Nicki Minaj is upset over how YouTube handles her "Likkle Miss Remix" video with Skeng. The Trinidadian rap superstar believes there's a conspiracy against her after the video-sharing site restricted her new MV.
On Monday afternoon, September 26, the "Anaconda" raptress issued a statement on Instagram after the platform age-restricted her "Likkle Miss Remix" music video with dancehall artist Skeng, alleging that the company is "in bed" with rival artists' teams.
"Imagine this. They restricted my f**king video but have things a million f**king times worse on their BOGUS FKNG PLATFORM," the Grammy-winning raptress wrote in a since-deleted post. "This is what they do to keep you from winning while doing ads for other ppl and posting FAKE FKNG STATS. Because the same ppl who run YouTube are in bed with a certain record label and mngmnt company."
According to a notice from YouTube, the "Likkle Miss Remix" video was deemed "not suitable for viewers under the age of 18." The video features a group of partygoers drinking and dancing, with a cast of female dancers joining the "Super Bass" hitmaker in twerking throughout the clip, occasionally joining the male extras in suggestive poses.
The only person or company called out by name in Nicki's social media rant was Lyor Cohen, the global head of music for Google and YouTube. Nicki added, "GO SUCK OUT YA MUDDA BIG PUM PUM. LYOR IT BETTER NOT BE YOU."
"This was done to stop us from getting a lot of views in the first 24 hours. The DUDS at my label allow ppl to use my videos all the time to promote weak s**t but said we can't buy promo for my videos," Nicki continued fuming in a separate Instagram post.
Nicki then took aim by tagging YouTube's official Instagram account, alleging that they promote music from certain labels and management companies more than others, though she didn't say specifically who or provide any details. "HOW LONG HAVE YALL BEEN PLAYING THE NUMBERS GAME TO LIE & PRETEND PPL R DOING 'GOOD' WHEN THEY R NOT?!?!!" a frustrated Nicki wrote. "HOW MUCH AD SPACE DID THESE DUDS PURCHASE TO BE PROMOTED ON MY CHANNEL IN THE LAST 5 YEARS?!??!!!!"
Nicki and Skeng's music video arrived on the platform Sunday, September 25 following its appearance as a part of her new 29-track greatest hits compilation album, "Queen Radio: Volume 1", released via Young Money/Republic Records.
Even with under-18s being officially restricted from watching, the video racked up roughly 860,000 views in about a day's time.