In a recent interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1, Nicki Minaj addresses how she was hurt by Quavo for not defending her because “she’s not his girl”, as she addresses her new two singles. “The only thing with Cardi that really hurt my feelings was the first interview she did after ‘MotorSport’ came out. With ‘MotorSport,’ I felt ambushed,” she said. “I have never seen her show me genuine love in an interview. I can just imagine how many girls wish they could of been on a song with Nicki Minaj,” she continued. Listen to the interview above.
“MotorSport” marks the first time Migos, Minaj, and Cardi B have worked together on a song; although Offset had already collaborated with Minaj on London on da Track‘s “No Flag”, and with Cardi B on her own track “Lick”. On October 25, 2017, radio station Hot 93.7 confirmed that a collaboration between Migos, Minaj, and Cardi B would be released two days later. On October 26, the night before its release, Migos previewed the track on Power 105.1‘s music celebration, Powerhouse. On October 27, the song premiered online and was released worldwide as a digital download.
Soon after it was released, Joe Budden from Everyday Struggle speculated that Kanye West was originally on the song and that he’s the one who actually pitched the idea of getting Minaj on it. It was also rumored that Minaj and Cardi B were dissing each other on the song, which both rappers denied.
Minaj commented on the rumors saying that the song was originally only a collaboration between her and Quavo, that she was “in full support of Cardi B’s ‘Motor Sport’ feature” and that “the conspiracy theorists are just so tired…”,[while Cardi B said that “people wouldn’t be satisfied even if [we] was making out…” and “I don’t really have the time”.