Rapper Trina and R&B vixen Keri Hilson have shared their input on the recent tension between Young Money star Nicki Minaj and hip-hop veteran Lil Kim.
Trina believes the rappers’ publicized beef is not benefiting the rap game as a whole.
“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)
Hilson took a more critical look and 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)
A few days ago, R&B singer Ray J denied sparking Kim and Minaj’s beef after calling out the rap veteran’s “impostors” at a concert last summer.
“I’m reaching out to the whole world….to the whole hip hop community because that’s just how I felt at the time. Never once did I mention anybody. That’s what you do in hip hop, you throw it out there, you have a little friendly competition..it is what it is.” (Power 105.1)
In late November, 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.” (Hot 97)
Check out Trina & Keri Hilson speaking on Nicki Minaj/Lil Kim below: