Exclusive: "We All Know That Nicki Minaj's Whole Style Comes From Lil Kim"
Thursday, Feb 3, 2011 12:50PM
With the feud between Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim continuing to generate more controversy, SOHH recently reached out to veteran hip-hop producer DJ Scratch for his take on the female rap beef.
From Scratch's perspective, Kim and Minaj should place their differences aside and unite.
"I don't know, I think it's actually some female stuff," Scratch told SOHH about the rap beefs with Lil Kim, Nicki Minaj and Foxy Brown. "[laughs] I think it's a shame that they're beefing like that. I wish I could get into contact with Lil Kim. I called her a couple of times but she didn't answer the phone but I would really want to talk to Lil Kim and tell her to just chill. Take that girl under her wing because come on, we all know that Nicki Minaj's whole style comes from Lil Kim. We all know that. That goes without saying. She's paying homage to Lil Kim but you know, it's a territorial thing. It's a woman thing. It's more of a woman thing than hip-hop. You know what I'm saying? I don't like it, I'm actually ashamed of it because Lil Kim should know better, Foxy [Brown] should definitely know better, and Nicki Minaj, somebody just needs to fall back and be like, 'All right, I'm sorry. Let's just get it going for the sake of hip-hop,' because there are no women in hip-hop. It shouldn't just be one woman in hip-hop right now. And when it carries on like that, it makes labels go, 'See, that's why there's no female rappers because of that." (SOHH)
Last December, Diddy also suggested Kim and Minaj uniting.
"Now if they want to do things and be emcees? That's they business. I'm not with no negativity. I'm not with no beef and I love both of them. And right now, Nicki Minaj, that's who my artist is, that's who I console, that's who I do business with. I no longer do business with Kim on that level but Kim will always have a special place in my heart and it's like that. Kim is the Queen. Read in-between the lines, it is what it is -- and Nicki is a queen in her own right. That's exactly the way I feel about it so don't twist my words, don't make it no way it is or it ain't, that's what it is. I think they should be doing records together as a matter of fact instead of doing anything that isn't showing unification. But yo man, I can't preach the choir. Everybody's grown..." (Hot 97)
Over the weekend, 50 Cent said he saw Kim and Minaj's war of words as just a factor of competitive hip-hop.
"When I look at them actually competing, I don't see anything," 50 said in an interview with DJ Whoo Kid. "I think it's harmless. It adds an interesting story and other interests to them, 'cause Kim is the original, I believe, and Nicki is the right now -- How do you get in the middle of a girl fight?" (Shade 45)
Responding to Minaj's "Roman's Revenge" diss last fall, Kim dropped her own "Black Friday" response track in November.
Let the war of words continue. Lil' Kim delivers her full attack against Nicki Minaj on "Black Friday." Over Pharoahe Monch's instrumental from "Simon Says," the Queen Bee spits stinging words about the Harajuku Barbie and her Young Money labelmate: "This hood sh*t, you and Drake ain't built for/ This the shit the other b*tch almost got killed for." She doesn't stop there, calling the Pink Friday lyricist a clone. "This ain't a championship fight, I been the greatest/ See the fact is, what you doing, I did it/ Lames tryna clone my style and run wit it/ That's cool, I was the first one wit it/ You's a Lil' Kim wannabe, you just hate to admit it." Even Nicki's co-manager and Kim's ex-affiliate Diddy is not safe. "You and Diddy, sorry bunch of swagger jackers," she raps on the blistering track, which Hot 97's DJ Absolut premiered in full today. (Rap-Up)
Check out Diddy speaking on Lil Kim & Nicki Minaj below: