The Roots’ Questlove has offered his take on the seemingly never-ending war of words between Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim while also explaining underlying elements of their beef.

Sharing his opinion, the acclaimed drummer believes fans are not realizing the love aspect intertwined in the beef.

“It’s my personal belief that dissing/verbal (well & actual) pugilism is the most intense form of LOVE. where your intent is to affect/infect em to the highest degree. i know that sounds contradictory (displaying harsh actions as a sign of affection) but if you see this in somewhat of a shakespearean (or maybe the hero/sidekick narrative of The Incredibles) one can only conclude that if Nik REALLY hated Kim…… she would do the most painful act of hate….which i pretty much know from experience (as loved and hated) the surefire slow burning-last-scene-in-kill-bill-way-to get under ones skin….is to act like they never existed.” (Questlove’s Twitter)

He also co-signed the feud as long as it did not result in violence.

“(indifference is the opposite of love. not hate. which clearly this verse is not indifference) long as this don’t end up the way kim’s last beef ended with Fox (member the hot97 shootout which pretty much landed kim where she is now) i say let em battle and continue this lovefest.” (Questlove’s Twitter)

Over the weekend, Minaj dropped a snippet of her “Tragedy” record aimed at Kim’s head.

“Eh yo, Pink Friday, Eminem, 8 Mile,” Nicki raps, “It must hurt to sell your album off PayPal/Especially when you’re in the game, 15-20/You was hot when Shaq teamed up with Penny/Man, you was ‘Magic’, I mean/Look at you now, h*e, you’re just tragic/You a tragedy, you a parody/Last name Ann, first name Raggedy/These goofy b*tches is stupidity personified…” (“Tragedy”)

According to reports, the track comes from the hands of a producer named Hit-Boy.

Just when you thought it was over, Nicki Minaj swings back at Lil’ Kim on a new diss record. A snippet of the unfinished track made its way to Funkmaster Flex, who reports that it may end up on Lil Wayne‘s Tha Carter IV. This time, the Young Money Barbie doesn’t beat around the bush, taking direct shots at the Queen Bee. Hit-Boy confirms that he produced the marching beat and that the final version will also feature production from Boi-1da. It will go by a title other than “Tragedy” in its final form. (Rap-Up)

Check out a snippet of “Tragedy” below: