Former Disturbin’ Tha Peace artist Shawnna recently weighed in on the tensions between Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim and why she cannot stand their current rap beef.
From Shawnna’s perspective, Kim is a legend in her own right and should not be offended by Minaj’s presence.
“I hate that, I hate that and I’m glad you asked me that because I feel what Kim did was iconic in a certain sense,” Shawnna told DJ Vlad when asked about her reaction to the feud. “She came, she brought that feminism, that diva to it but it was still hardcore. She had a following, she could hold her weight on records with some of the big dogs and she did that. She took us to that level. And now that Nicki’s out — a lot of times it be a lot of people trying to get on, it’s not necessarily a beef — so I don’t really think it’s a situation where Nicki stole anything from Kim because honestly, after I’m done with this, I want females to take from me. Take from what I did and add it to what they do and make it better because that shows what I contributed to the game was so worth it. It lives my legacy on. And I wish they would have looked at it like that rather than make it a beef situation.” (Vlad TV)
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 upcoming artists 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 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)
Renowned producer DJ Scratch recently hit up SOHH to share his thoughts on the war of words.
“I don’t know, I think it’s actually some female stuff,” Scratch told SOHH about the rap beefs with Lil Kim, Nicki Minaj and Foxy Brown. “[laughs] I think it’s a shame that they’re beefing like that. I wish I could get into contact with Lil Kim. I called her a couple of times but she didn’t answer the phone but I would really want to talk to Lil Kim and tell her to just chill. Take that girl under her wing because come on, we all know that Nicki Minaj’s whole style comes from Lil Kim. We all know that. That goes without saying. She’s paying homage to Lil Kim but you know, it’s a territorial thing. It’s a woman thing. It’s more of a woman thing than hip-hop. You know what I’m saying? I don’t like it, I’m actually ashamed of it because Lil Kim should know better, Foxy [Brown] should definitely know better, and Nicki Minaj, somebody just needs to fall back and be like, ‘All right, I’m sorry. Let’s just get it going for the sake of hip-hop,’ because there are no women in hip-hop. It shouldn’t just be one woman in hip-hop right now. And when it carries on like that, it makes labels go, ‘See, that’s why there’s no female rappers because of that.” (SOHH)
Check out Shawnna speaking on Lil Kim/Nicki Minaj below: