The ongoing feud between hip hop veteran Lil’ Kim and new phenomenon Nicki Minaj has broken fever point. Lil’ Kim has made consistent claims that Minaj has borrowed from her style without paying homage and, until now, Nicki has responded with a polite unwillingness to engage in the spat, pointing to the many times she has referenced Kim as an inspiration. But with her much-anticipated debut Pink Friday (out Monday) taking some thinly veiled shots at Kim, Nicki decided to address the issue during a recent radio interview.
Speaking to host Angie Martinez of Kim’s constant attacks, Minaj said: “She just really jumped out the window. And you gotta be careful when you pick fights. That’s what I’ve learned in this business. You just never know. I think people get me confused with a real Barbie. They forget where I’m from. And if I have to revert back, I can and I will. Don’t play with me. It’s one of those moments where you gotta say “Don’t play with me”. You know, because I love you, I respect you, I’ve said it in every interview time and time again, and if that’s not good enough for you mama, then it’s something deep rooted in you. Something is bothering you inside and that’s your insecurity bothering you. It’s not Nicki Minaj; it would have been any girl that started popping.”
Minaj said her feelings were hurt when she found out her idol had been attacking her behind the scenes, despite Kim saying there was no problem when Minaj had a chance to confront her face to face, and pointed to the fact that Kim has a history of attacking her female rap peers. “You know she picked a fight with Foxy, then she picked a fight with Eve, then it was Remy, then it was Miss Wallace, now it’s Nicki Minaj. Every time you’re in the news it’s because you’re getting at somebody. Where’s your music? Put your music out, and when I see your name on Billboard that’s when I’ll respond to you.”
She also used the airtime to address what she feels to be an institutional problem within the black music community, saying: “When you see Gaga you think of Madonna. But Madonna never hated on Gaga. Why in the black communities do we gotta hate on each other instead of saying ‘Thank you for showing me love, thank you for keeping my name alive’?”
[via Rap Radar]