Young Money’s Nicki Minaj opens up about copying Lil Kim‘s iconic Hardcore album cover pose and as well as discussed her business acumen in the new issue of KING.
Speaking with KING Editor-In-Chief Sean Malcolm, Minaj admits emulating Kim’s signature pose was gratuitous.
Minaj told Malcom of recreating the cover, “It was too soon for that. Not even too soon- it was unnecessary.” Minaj also opened up about the day she finally declared herself a rapper even though her peers thought it would be an unusual move for the LaGuardia High School of Music & Art & Performing Arts Student. “I wanted to do what the boys were doing,” Nicki recalled. “I always wanted to compete with the boys and I walked into the booth one day and said, ‘I’m a rapper,’ and everyone was looking at me like I had five heads.” (You Heard That New)
She also explained her approach to handling herself in the entertainment industry.
Minaj wrapped things up by showing appreciation for those that paved her way to become a successful female rapper in such a male dominated industry, but also took specific notes from the same individuals on what not to do. “I’m a businesswoman,” she proclaimed. “I don’t go onto the block and open up a Burger King if there’s a Burger King right next door. And you know, I won’t open a Burger King if I know the last one failed miserably on that block. I’ve done my research, I’ve paid attention, and now I’m ready for the game.” (You Heard That New)
In 2008, Minaj caught heat for copying Lil Kim’s open legs pose.
Look above at the pic with the open thighs and p*ssy aimed straight at the camera like Lil Kim’s Hardcore pose. Nicki Minaj even redid Lil Kim’s “Jumpoff” joint and took Biggie’s “Warning” and remade it– and sounded just like Kim as she was doing it. And then she says– in all seriousness– that she would never want to be thrown in the same boat as any other female rapper… Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. Too bad she looks better than her raps sound. Sometimes that’s what labels want. But in this case, the gimmick is too obvious to actually work. (SOHH NYC)
Last fall, Minaj painted Kim as a female rap bully.
Minaj spoke with radio personality Angie Martinez about Kim being a bully toward lady emcees. “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. Everytime 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.” (“Angie Martinez Show”)
Check out Nicki Minaj speaking on Lil Kim below: