Cash Money Records’ Baby has stepped in-between the current tension surrounding Young Money star Nicki Minaj and rap veteran Lil Kim.
Speaking in defense of Minaj, Baby said the Cash Money/Young Money imprint has never looked to profit from rap beefs.
“Well, you know with Nick we’re just doin’ music, I don’t care to get caught up in that and I don’t care to make money off of that,” he said in an interview. “We never f*cked with that. It is what it is. That’s not our thing, but it is what it is so we gotta let it be what it be…Nicki is grown, Nicki does her own thing, I don’t think she has to — nobody has to salute or be saluted, we in this hustlin’ … The hustle gonna make you salute, just watchin’ a n*gga grind and see how he shine. Nicki’s with her team, we ain’t doin’ nothing [except] putting out good music. So if somebody’s f*ckin’ with that, to me, they’re violating. Bullsh*t don’t weigh nothing, the grind and the money do.” (XXL Mag)
Last week, Kim dropped a full-length diss track aimed at Minaj called “Black Friday.”
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 shit, 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)
Prior to the record’s release, Kim called out Minaj during a show in the rapper’s Queens, New York hometown.
“I got more love for Queens than this b*tch do,” Kim said at a Queens, New York concert. “I will erase this b*tch’s social security number. First of all I don’t even need a record right now and I’d kill that b*tch with my old sh*t. I’ll kill that b*tch with my old sh*t…Right now I’m in Queens, repping, because I got love for all the boroughs. Y’all see me in places where y’all be like, ‘How the f*ck she there?’ I touch my people — like I said, I got a catalogue, this catalogue p*ssy. I’ll kill this b*tch with my old sh*t. My records ain’t just enter the charts, they made history. What the f*ck is this bullsh*t, this sh*t come and go. What the f*ck, is you kidding me? … We gonna get back to partying, I just want to let y’all know, right, I don’t ever let nothing take me off my grind…” (Real Talk NY)
Following the release of Minaj’s “Roman’s Revenge” diss track, Baby backed up the young rap star’s stance in hip-hop.
“Real talk, but maybe Kim asked for it. Usually we don’t try to make money like that…that’s not our theory. We make great music. We have never been the type to make songs about motherf*ckas. I think Nicki is speaking in general, not just Kim personally. A lot of motherf*ckers have been hating on her success. To me, they are all asking for it. I don’t think any of them has as a talented clique as Nicki. We a movement.” (VIBE)
Check out Lil Kim speaking on Nicki Minaj below: