Former Ruff Ryders artist Eve has weighed in on the recent war of words between Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj saying the hip-hop veteran needs to lay off the verbal assault.
While Eve has respect for Kim, she thinks the Queen Bee is investing too much time in her nemesis.
“I need her to stop. If I was Kim’s friend, I’d be like, yo. Because she’s Kim, period,” Eve said in an interview. “So she never has to feed. She shouldn’t. It’s bad. It’s not a good look. If I was her friend, I’d tell her, yo, just come back bigger and better. The best way to get at people is to do you better than you’ve ever done you. So that’s it…I love it. You know, it’s definitely a nice group of females that’s out representing, but because I come from hip-hop, I need more females in hip-hop,” she continued. “Nicki definitely is holding the flag down, and a lot of people be wanting me to hate just because that’s how girls supposed to do in hip-hop, but I’m loving everything she does. But we need more females, man. There’s too much testosterone in the hip-hop game.” (BBC Radio 1Xtra)
Last December, female rapper Trina said Kim and Minaj should consider uniting.
“I don’t think it’s good for hip-hop,” Trina said in an interview with reporter Peter Bailey. “I think hip-hop, especially when it comes to women, needs to unify. I think there needs to be a bridge that’s built together because you have so many new and upcomingartists that’s trying to actually get in the hip-hop genre and be a part of it and I think they get drowned in the midst of it. I think we’re all adults, we’re all grown and we need to handle our business like women. Just continue to do what we’re here to do and that’s make music and just be great people.” (NiteCap)
Their feud even caught the attention of R&B singer Keri Hilson who recently said she saw the positives both artists have brought to hip-hop.
“I don’t really know what to think of that beef,” Hilson said in an interview. “I don’t put too much thought into it because you don’t really know what’s really going on. I know because I’ve had similar ‘rivalries’ and I know how much was spun by the media — I know there’s something there, I’ve seen enough to know there’s something there but I don’t know what to base it on. I’ll say this, I respect both of them. Lil Kim is a pioneer for females in rap and rapping and being as vulgar and forthcoming as she was. She definitely was one of them and Nicki Minaj is doing her own thing. Of course she’s said she was inspired by Lil Kim and we can see that. I don’t think that means that they have to compete. You can be inspired by so much in life and still carve out a lane for yourself which is what Nicki Minaj has done.” (Rap-Up)
This week, New York rapper Ja Rule offered a male perspective on the beef.
“I think it’s terrible, man,” Rule said in an interview. “I like Nicki, I know Kim. It’s f*cked up that artists in hip-hop go through that sh*t, because artists in pop and R&B and other genres [they] don’t go through that sh*t…[Kenny Chesney vs. Garth Brooks,] you don’t get that sh*t. You don’t have to disrespect another artist’s creativity — to better yourself or get ahead as an artist. I think Nicki and Kim, they can resolve that.” (the LIFE Files)