Brooklyn rapper Maino has offered his take on Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim throwing lyrical darts at each other over the past few years, and expressed why he feels fans should not take the feud too seriously.
Maino believes as long as artists can remain level-headed and keep the beef on wax, rap battles should continue.
“I think people put too much emphasis on hip-hop beefs” Maino told Sway referencing the Lil Kim/Nicki Minaj flap. “Like, hip-hop beefs and hip-hop battles always had that. It’s a part of the culture it’s always gonna be artists that don’t agree. Ya understand. And you might have to take it to the mic or whatever. As long as it just doesn’t get out of hand, you know what I mean. As long as it doesn’t end up like ‘Pac and [Notorious] B.I.G. […] I don’t think people give us the credit for being as responsible as we are, because I don’t think people want it to go that far. ” (RapFix)
Last week, The LOX’s Jadakiss reflected on Jay-Z and Nas‘ early 2000’s lyrical beef.
“I didn’t really like the “Takeover” beat. But the words–you know what the words are! It’s like the Declaration of Independence on the battle tip. What he’s saying is crazy. I like the laaaaayyyyymmmmme part. It was heavy, but Nas’ “Ether” sits on the mantle when it comes to battle songs. From the production, to the way he formatted it, to what he was saying–he touched everything. It was an A-Plus grade.” (VIBE)
Rap veteran Rah Digga recently told SOHH Nas’ “Ether” is one of his biggest records to date.
“Supernatural was also a big battle rap artist back in the day. I was up on him. It’s really just a little bit of everybody. I really liked a lot of the rap battles that took place in hip-hop. You also have Jay-Z and Nas. Although I don’t know if I would technically call that a rap battle, I like when there’s competition. It just brings something out of people that you don’t get in typical songs. “Ether” is one of the best songs that Nas ever made. It just brought out a whole other animal [in Nas].” (SOHH Guest Star)
Last March, Lil Kim said Minaj ultimately brought the beef on herself.
“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)
Check out Lil Kim speaking on Nicki Minaj below: