Minaj ripped open the scab on her feud with Carey on Thursday, referring to her television cohort as "insecure" and "bitter," after Carey tweaked Minaj over her lack of No. 1 singles on Wednesday night's "Idol."
The spat was also revived, coincidentally or not, after hitting a Wednesday night low in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic.
The latest chapter in Nicki and Mariah's Big Book of Suspect Controversies was written during Wednesday night's episode, when Carey took a not-terribly-veiled poke at Minaj while critiquing a contestant.
"Again, back to the Billboard Hot 100, No. 1 song, which you just performed — which is difficult to get; not everybody has that," Carey cracked, with her talons extended in Minaj's general direction.
Responding to a post on gossip website PerezHilton on Thursday morning — which declared "Mariah Carey BURNS Nicki Minaj on 'Idol'" — "Starships" singer Minaj tweeted to the site's namesake, "Bwaha! Burn? Shes sad i tied her record for Hot 100 entries in only 3 years of being in the game. Yep, a black female rapper @perezhilton."
And then it got real — or manufactured, depending on one's viewpoint — as Minaj wrote Carey off as insecure and bitter.
"What u SHOULD be doing (wit your messy ass) is asking why a woman SO successful at her age, is still so INSECURE, and bitter @perezhilton," Minaj tweeted.
Minaj also used former "American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez — who producers reportedly tried to woo back to the show, in light of this season's low ratings — as a crowbar with which to further bludgeon Carey's dented ego.
"All dem #1s but JLo phone ringin? Lol. I guess having a personality, being a secure woman, and giving genuine critique still trumps that," Minaj wrote.
Watch the "Idol" "drama" "unfold" below: