Brooklyn rapper Lil’ Kim is not yet ready to give credit to Nicki Minaj for making a name for herself in the music industry and recently suggested she gave her a blueprint to follow.
While she would not name-drop, Kim did respond to paparazzi asking if she believed there would be a Nicki Minaj without her existence.
While Nicki Minaj continues to grow her success and can be watched twice a week during American Idol’s 12th season, Lil’ Kim still feuds and b*tches about Minaj. Just days ago, a TMZ reporter asked Lil’ Kim, “Do you think Nicki Minaj would be as big as she is if there never was a Lil’ Kim?” Kim answered, “I think that is self-explanatory.”Sarcastically, Lil’ Kim continued, “If you have to ask that, I think you know the answer.” Today, Nicki Minaj is worth close to triple the millions Lil’ Kim is worth, and both rappers who hail from New York, continue to make public appearances with their wigs, weave and wild behavior. (Examiner)
Back in September, female rap veteran Missy Elliott weighed in on the Nicki/Kim dispute.
“I’ve never met Nicki, she’s out there hustling, can’t be mad at that. Lil’ Kim is my sister, known her for years and I’ll never turn my back on her, but there is enough room for everybody. I want to see everybody get it.” Elliott even dreamed up an all-woman tour scenario. She is so excited about the idea, the multiplatinum rap star says she would humble herself just to make it happen. “Listen if we can get it done I’ll open up. I don’t care, I’ll go on at 6:30,” she said laughing. “I don’t care who it is, let’s just rock and roll, there’s enough for everybody.” (MTV)
In November 2010, Minaj talked to Hot 97’s Angie Martinez and labeled Kim a hip-hop bully.
“It’s one of those moments where you say, ‘don’t play with me,’ because I respect you, I love you, I’ve said it in every interview time and time again, and if that’s not good enough with you mama, then it’s something deep rooted in you. Something is bothering you inside. That’s your insecurity bothering you. [If] it’s not Nicki Minaj, it would have been any girl that started poppin’. She picked a fight with Foxy [Brown], then she picked a fight with Eve, then she picked a fight with Remy [Ma], then it was Ms. [Voletta] Wallace, then it was Nicki Minaj. Every time you in the news is ’cause you gettin’ at somebody. Where’s your music? Put your music out. When I see your name on Billboard, that’s when I’ll respond to you. Other than that, goodbye.” (Hot 97)
A month later, the Queen Bee jokingly said how much a collabo with Minaj would cost.
“I would do a song with her… for the right price. I’m a hustler. 7 million? Maybe,” Kim said. “The girl is not as stupid as people think that she is…She know exactly what she’s doing to make people feel sorry for her; that’s her thing. She’s a very contradicting creature, and I noticed that about her…God made it so that I can have my way back in and really represent the right way in this game for the females… She wanted to be the only one out there. Just because I been in the game for a minute don’t mean it’s over for me, baby. At the end of the day, I’m not going nowhere…” (Hot 97)
Check out Lil’ Kim’s on-street interview: