News: "[Lil] Kim Is My Friend & I Love & Respect Nicki [Minaj]" [Video]

Thursday, Dec 15, 2011 9:13AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

While tensions have died down between rappers Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim as of late, R&B veteran Mary J. Blige recently expressed her feelings on the two lady emcees needing to squash their problems.

Refusing to take sides, Mary J. Blige said their feud is likely getting fueled by the people they keep around them.

"Kim is my friend and I love and respect Nicki," Blige said in an interview. "I got to know the young lady and she's a sweetheart. ... It's the crews [fueling it.] It's the people behind the whole thing. Maybe one day it will happen. I'm hoping. We just all got to think positive. Everyone is just thinking so negative about it and everyone is in it, but if a bunch of people would say, 'Yo, stop this and let's help these girls do something together or to see the light.'" (WGCI)

Atlanta's T.I. recently said he does not take hip-hop feuds as serious matters.

Next "Lil Kim Nicki Minaj Beef" is sent through the search engine, followed by a quick briefing on last Spring's claw-stretched feud between the Queen Bee and hip-hop's reigning Queen. Tip is the least interested in lending this any bandwidth. "It's hard for me to take rap beef seriously," he says dismissively. "But I will say that Nicki's on fire now. She's a monster, literally." (VIBE)

In March, Kim blamed Minaj's decision to swagger jack her style for sparking the beef.

"This is the thing: It's just, it's really, like, at the end of the day, I do what I have to do, and I'm gonna keep doing what I have to do," Kim said in an interview. "I'm gonna do me. They're the ones that brought this about. It could have been that simple. But what they did was underestimate me. They thought I was gonna sit back and let them do what they were doing. I'm gonna let everybody know: I'm on my Hollywood sophisticated, but I'll bring it back if I have to. And that's in life. I can't help it. I'm G'd up from my feet up. If I have to handle my business, I'mma handle my business. And I have to fight for my fans." (MTV)

Earlier this year, Brooklyn rapper Foxy Brown questioned Kim's past issues with multiple female artists.

"Had [Kim] let the people say, 'Oh [Nicki], you're trying to be Kim, you're a fake Kim,' then it doesn't come directly from her," Foxy explained in an interview. "But when you're using that as a platform to bring your new album out, that's like, 'Oh my God, wait a minute.' I don't condone it at all; I don't think it's cute. Nicki clearly drew from both Kim and me. And she hasn't been disrespectful to me in any way -- I haven't heard her be disrespectful toward anybody else but Kim. And at some point, it's like, O.K., Kim, you've had a problem with Foxy, you've had a problem with Nicki, you've had a problem with Faith [Evans], with Charli [Baltimore], with everybody. It's like, enough already. I choose to stay out of it. Put out great music, and that's that." (Billboard)

Check out Mary J. Blige's interview below:

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