New York rapper Lil’ Kim is making sure to put a little respect on a true music legend’s name. The Queen Bee has come forward to remember the life of late soul icon Aretha Franklin.

This week, Kim went to her Instagram page with a throwback shot of herself and the soul legend.

A few days ago, fellow New York native Nicki Minaj paid homage to Franklin on her Apple Music Queen Radio show.

“It’s no secret she’s an icon — an icon of all icons,” Minaj said. “I don’t know anyone who she hasn’t inspired. It seems strange to wake up and hear she passed, even though she lived a long and fulfilled life. But still, we’ve lost one of our icons. Someone we’ve all been inspired by.” The 35-year-old rapper reflected on learning the Detroit native’s 1967 anthem “Respect” in school as a child. “I remember being in school learning ‘Respect,’ and that felt like a mini national anthem for us. It’s so weird how everyone grew up with that song,” she said. “What I love about the song is not just saying ‘give me respect,’ it’s demanding respect. I like strong and iconic women. She was unapologetically the Queen.” (Billboard)

Nicki also had her Queen Radio guest Alicia Keys pay her respects to Franklin.

R.I.P. To the one & only. QUEEN. ARETHA. 🙏🏾

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According to Franklin’s publicist, she passed away Thursday in Detroit following days of celebrity prayers.