“Real Recognizes Fake”: All The Shade Brandy’s Ever Publicly Thrown At Monica
And yet, that hasn’t kept the 39-year-old star from throwing out slight jabs at her former collaborator. While performing at Essence Fest in New Orleans over the weekend, Brandy sang “The Boy Is Mine,” which she is known for singing with Monica. But at the end of her performance of the tune, she changed the lyrics to say, “The song is mine”:
When the two women came together back in 2012 to do the single “It All Belongs to Me,” Brandy made it seem that their past, believed to be resolved issues were caused by their desire to be on top. (“As teenagers we were both very competitive.”) But as adults, and considering that Monica says very little in response to her contemporary, fans can’t help but wonder what the real problem is. And why is it still a problem?
We may never find out, but the shade is real. Here are all of the things Brandy has said in reference to Monica over the years that have left people scratching their heads.
“Monica and I are in a different place”
When the stars were supposed to go on tour to promote “It All Belongs to Me,” conversations surrounding the possibility of such performances ended up stalling. They started drifting apart again because, as Brandy claimed in 2012, they were in different places musically. Though a tame statement, this was the first sign that the women were at odds again.
“Honestly we haven’t really talked about it since we stopped promoting ‘It all Belongs To Me.’ I just honestly think Monica and I are in a different place with our music. And my vibe is a little different this time around so I don’t know,” she said. “I definitely feel like the fans would want a tour from us, but I don’t know, I just feel like I’m being pulled in a different direction. I’m definitely still open to it, but right now I’m looking in a different way right now for me.”
The first real sign of shade after that came when Brandy posted a picture of herself in July 2016 with a fedora hat on and flanked by two male back-up dancers. The caption?
“#tbt #MadHatterAndBoyz Now Everybody got #HatsAndBoyz …. We stay humble and flattered by the #CatsThatCopy”
Gossiponthis pointed out that days prior to the post, Monica performed at VH1 Hip Hop Honors in a white fedora with two men, dressed in white, as her backup dancers…
Who could forget, a month later, when the #SoGoneChallenge, based on Monica’s hit song went viral? Everyone was rapping over the instrumental, including major stars. But when a person asked Brandy to take part, she replied with “chile bye.” That was beginning of a whole lot of drama.
When Monica visited the talk show The Real to say that the new version of herself was going to take the high road after Brandy’s “chile bye” comment, Brandy took to IG to throw a subliminal shot. She implied that she knows the truth about their issues that the public never will know about, while at the same time, making mention of the talk show. She also said “#PositivityIsTheOneThingYouShouldNotFake.”
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Oop! Is #Brandy shading #Monica's answer on #TheReal with her hashtags? #Monica responded with 'being positive' when the singer was asked about #Brandy's "Chile bye" response to a fan when asked if she would do the #SoGoneChallenge. View yesterday's posts for #Monica's response to the question
“Real Recognizes Fake”
Brandy also posted, before deleting, this image of her holding her mother’s hand with an interesting caption about who is real and who is “real fake.” She would go on to repost the image with just a heart emoji after getting called out.
“Don’t be shady…indirectly”
And right after that, Brandy posted a snapchat video, seemingly being sarcastic about choosing to be “poised” and taking the high road.
That Soul Train Awards Incident
While performing ahead of receiving the Lady of Soul Award at the 2016 Soul Train Awards, Brandy changed the words of her song “Talk About Our Love” to say, “It’s always something, talking ish again, then your whole fan base jumps in, now the whole ‘Grams buzzing…”
When people criticized Brandy over the performance, saying she was taking shots at Monica, her mom, Sonja Norwood, jumped in. Eventually, Brandy spoke her mind online to say that she “will never allow another person to belittle me publicly” and that she has “the discernment to know that that’s exactly what’s being done.”
The Whitney Houston Drama
Both Brandy and Monica were close to Whitney Houston. So on her birthday last year, they paid homage. Monica did first, focusing on Whitney’s legacy. Brandy posted a tribute later saying, “thank you for trusting me with the torch!!!”
When the Internet called her out for seemingly throwing shade again, Brandy clapped back.
“The Other Singer”
Lastly, in May of 2017, there was the time an artist drew a scene out of “The Boy Is Mine” video. But when Brandy caught wind of it, she told the artist that she actually looked like the illustration that’s supposed to be Monica.
“@javereirie your art looks exactly like me… thank you for capturing me.. love looking to my left, and your right… #poet #housephone #818 #Edit — no matter what I had on in this video, this I my face… what was intended didn’t manifest. #MyFace did instead. I think this is fascinating, which Is why I even posted it! The other singer that was suppose to be me, didn’t look nothing like me!!! Go to the artist page and see for yourself✌? @javereirie no disrespect to you, all love– truth has no opposite tho. Gotta tell it — so no comments needed here?”