'Monster' is one of the standout tracks on Kanye West's 2010 album My Dark Twisted Fantasy.
The posse cut, which features JAY-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver, almost didn't make the album because Ye thought Hov's verse might overwhelm the project.
However, Nicki Minaj was able to convince him to keep it on.
7 year anniversary of #Monster 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. 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!!!! I became the first female rapper to perform @ Yankee Stadium on the JAY/Eminem stadium tour. When I saw him, Jay said: “when u got so nice”? I said: “I been nice”! Ha! Kanye, thank you for being the genius you are. You always put others first. I fought u every step of the way but it worked out. (He wanted me to add more of that growling monster voice and I felt it was over kill.) He wouldn’t give in. In the end, maybe he was right. Ha! - this song featured Barbie and Roman. Chyna was my stunt double in the video. (Due to her ASSets). Amber had spoken highly of me to Ye n pushed for him to meet with me. The rest is history. Ye, Jay, Em...All 3 of them helped me in some way. Love
Getting 'Ye to keep 'Monster' on the album ended up being huge for Minaj. Her verse was arguably the best and it solidified her place as an up-and-coming superstar. A month after 'Monster' dropped as a single, Nicki Minaj's debut album Pink Friday opened with a 375K week and spent 72 straight weeks on the chats.