Why Did Kanye West Cut Nicki Minaj's Verse from 'New Body'?

Kanye West scrapped a verse that featured Nicki Minaj in the song "New Body," and fans are not happy about it.

"New Body" was originally heard in 2019 when a leaked version went viral on TikTok. Many fans were calling for an official release of the song, which featured Minaj, along with Ty Dolla Sign. "New Body" was originally expected to be part of West's Yandhi album, but didn't make the cut.

In June, Minaj sent her fans to West's wife, Kim Kardashian, begging her on social media to tell West to release the track. However, it appears that this campaign was unsuccessful.

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Rapper Nicki Minaj poses at the 2019 Met Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Karwai Tang/Getty Images

Meaww reported that the original version of "New Body" included lyrics about "body shaming and the social stigma surrounding the aftermath of plastic surgery." However, they were reworked to have a more positive Christian message.

On July 18, West shared what appeared to be the official track list from his upcoming 10th studio album titled Donda, after his late mother. In the since-deleted tweet, the album included "New Body," but fans noticed that it didn't mention Minaj as featured.

#DONDA. A new album from Kanye West.

July 24. pic.twitter.com/yyZhlsNAmO

— Complex Music (@ComplexMusic) July 18, 2020

Nicki Minaj stans were upset to see her snubbed from West's upcoming album, and don't think "New Body" will be as good without her.

At this point... Nicki Minaj needs to buy new body off Kanye west and make it her own song

— TEAM MINAJ (@DarioPerkins27) July 19, 2020

Ain’t nobody tryna listen to New Body without Nicki Minaj’s verse 🗿

— Chile Activist ✨ (@NotYourPlayTing) July 19, 2020

New Body is nothing without that Nicki verse. Keep it babe, forreal.

— Mel Reneé (@MelReneeStyles) July 19, 2020

Kayne hasn’t been a listen-worthy artist since 808s & Mistakes.

Removing Nicki Minaj is like sabotaging your own bicycle while riding.#KanyeWest #NickiMinaj pic.twitter.com/tBOsJApnO3

— ItsNotYou...its me 🗯 (@ActionJaxxon84) July 19, 2020

kanye running for president is one thing but taking nicki off new body... unforgivable

— giabuchi lastrassi (@jaboukie) July 19, 2020

Nicki is the reason we even wanted that song & you think we gon listen if you take her off? pic.twitter.com/znXWHM5aoD

— ju tha jeweler 🎋 (@earringdealer) July 19, 2020

Some fans speculated that Minaj was removed from the "New Body" track because of what West said about abolitionist icon Harriet Tubman on July 19. During a campaign rally in North Charleston, South Carolina, West told the crowd "Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves, she just had them work for other white people."

In 2018, Minaj praised Tubman as a "Queen of the Week" on social media for her work freeing slaves on the Underground Railroad.

Is Harriet Tubman the reason Kanye West took Nicki off New Body? 😭😭

— Thane of Fife (@ThirdEyeRaven) July 19, 2020

Nicki verse isnt on ‘New Body’ cause of Ye’s disagreement on Harriet Tubman lmao. That’s my conclusion and I’m sticking to it

— Darius🥂 (@AyeDarius) July 20, 2020

The real reason Kanye took Nicki off of New Body is because they had intense disagreements over miss Harriet Tubman #TeamOnika

— Diz. (@ThattBoi) July 20, 2020

Why exactly West removed Minaj from the "New Body" track remains unclear.

This isn't the first time Minaj's work with West was cut from an album. In October 2017, Minaj revealed in an Instagram post that the 2010 song "Monster" was almost snubbed from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The song included Jay Z, Rick Ross and Bon Iver, but her verse was particularly memorable.

"Kanye called me to tell me Jay put a verse on this song & that he was still deciding if he would put it on his album. Haha," Minaj wrote on an Instagram post at the time. "It was like an hour long call where I tried to convince him to let the song stay on his album. He felt this verse would end up being the talk of the album. I said: YOU'RE KANYE WEST!!!!"

Donda is slated to drop on Friday, July 24.

Newsweek did not receive comment from Kanye West at the time of publication.