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Nas and Nicki Minaj basically confirm they’re dating on Instagram

Hope she saved these to camera roll!


Christine Friar


Posted on Sep 14, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 5:26 pm CDT

Instagram videos from a birthday party Wednesday evening have built a strong case for what observant fans have been suspecting for months: Nas and Nicki Minaj are probably a couple.

The rumors started back in May, when Minaj posted a pic of the two together at the opening of Nas’ restaurant with the caption, “Only KINGS recognize QUEENS.” The rap legends mostly kept quiet through the summer, but this week they both attended a joint birthday party for Nas and the producer Swizz Beats, and that’s where things get juicy.

If Instagram videos are any indication, the night seems to have started out pretty low-key—as the birthday cake rolled out to Stevie Wonder’s “Happy Birthday,” Minaj can be seen standing by Nas’ side with her arm around him. It’s flirty, but it’s nothing that we haven’t already seen:

Later on, though, the liquor started flowing and the clues started racking up. At one point Minaj started an Instagram livestream and Nas photobombed her, planting kisses on her cheek and neck before disappearing back into the party.

“Nasir!” you can hear Minaj exclaim, using the rapper’s full first name.

Then she seemed to laugh off the notion of hypothetically dropping their relationship news to a livestream with a couple-hundred viewers instead of, say, their outward-facing accounts, where both rappers have millions of followers.

“OK, guys, we wanna thank you—all two-hundred of you—for tuning in,” she chuckled before the video cut off.

Another video shows the pair later in the evening, singing Bobby Brown’s “Tenderoni” to one another.

Could these two be pulling a long-form prank and feeding the dating rumors for fun? Sure. But it’s starting to look less and less likely that that’s the case.

“Nas and Nicki” trended on Twitter all Thursday morning.

Hope she saved these to her camera roll!

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*First Published: Sep 14, 2017, 12:52 pm CDT