Can we all just get along? Apparently not. The beef between Lil’ Kim and Nicki Minaj just went to a whole new level: diss tracks.
Hoping to ride the buzz on Nicki Minaj’s new album, “Pink Friday,” Lil’ Kim, the original Queen Bee, released her own track, “Black Friday.”
For the last few months, Kim has been feeling some type of way about all the attention Nicki’s been getting. Instead of being happy there is another popular female rapper in the game, which could possibly open doors for others, Kim’s been holding a grudge.
According to Kim, it’s a matter of respect. Kim feels Nicki needs to have more respect for the female rappers who paved the way for her career. In a June interview with Philly radio host, Kendra G, Kim says all she wants is Nicki to pay homage.
“Here’s my thing, all females that come in the game, we need to stick together, and I always try my best to embrace them,” Kim told the Power 100.3 host. “But what happens is, when they come in the game and they realize that I’m not going away and my fans are still here and they can’t just step on me, they get upset and then they’d don’t want to be my friend anymore. I think that’s really childish and stupid. Because all I ask for is respect, and I show the same respect back. Pay homage, at the end of the day a lot of things go on behind the scenes that people don’t know about.”
Even though Nicki has repeatedly listed Kim among her influences, her patience with Kim’s shots seem to be up. Although many speculate that Nicki’s song, “Roman’s Revenge,” was about Kim, In a recent interview with New York’s Hot 97 Angie Martinez, Nicki let it be known exactly how she feels about their so-called beef.
“I respect you. I love you. I have said it time and time again. And if that’s not good enough for you mama . . . then there’s something deep rooted in you. . . . That’s your insecurity bothering you. It’s not Nicki Minaj. It would have been any girl that started popping.”
Nicki continued with the jabs. “Where’s your music? Put your music out and when I see your name on ‘Billboard,’ that’s when I’ll respond to you.”
In the new diss track, “Black Friday,” Kim’s angry tone indicates she wants her crown back. She raps, “Who the f*uck want war/Fed-Ex beef straight to your front door/It’ll be a murder scene/I’m turning ‘Pink Friday’ to Friday the thirteenth”
Throughout hip-hop’s history, battles have been one of the best ways for rappers to increase their buzz, solidify their reputations, and reinvigorate their careers. Just think about all of the hype that surrounded the epic Nas vs. Jay-Z battle. Although the heart of this “beef” seems a little petty, Kim’s shots at Nicki could just be her ticket back to relevance and, more importantly, it could focus some much-needed spotlight on female emcees.