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Nicki Minaj is the hottest female rapper right now. Up until she came along, female rappers weren’t really getting any mainstream attention anymore. She pretty much single handedly revived the genre. When someone new comes out, they’ll always be compared to someone who’s already out there, and ever since her emergence into the rap elite, Minaj has been constantly compared to Lil Kim…
The similarity between the two goes beyond the fact that they are both female MC’s. Its clear Minaj has been inspired by Kim, but we’re always inspired by the people who paved the way for us, right? OK, I’m clearly a Nicki Minaj fan. Yes, I can totally agree that her style (and music to a certain degree) has been influenced by Lil Kim, but I thought Kim’s comments were a little harsh. While performing in New York, Ray J began the ‘tirade’ by saying, “It’s a lot of people biting her style and sh*t… I ain’t saying no names, but you know who.” That’s when Kim said, “We love her! We just want them to pay homage, so we could all rock together. It’s all about respect. You respect me, I respect you. If you don’t respect me then f*ck you.”
Although it was obvious who they were referring to, they didn’t mention any names, so therefore we have to assume they were allegedly talking about Nicki Minaj. So far Minaj has kept mum on the situation, but her Young Money partner Drake couldn’t keep his feelings inside. Whilst performing with Minaj at the 93.7’s Hot Jam in Hartford, CT Drizzy defended his label mate, telling the crowd she’s the “baddest woman to do this rap shit.” He continued by saying: “I know you be calling women bitches in shit but I can’t say you the baddest bitch. I can’t do that because I respect you, I love you too much and you look too beautiful,” he said. “So I just wanna say you the baddest woman to do this rap shit. I don’t give a fuck what Lil Kim or nobody else is talkin’ about, you’re the baddest chick to ever do this shit!”
It’s cute to see Drake sticking up for his friend. But it’s a shame it even had to come to this. Back in the day I was a HUGE fan of Lil Kim, she paved the way for the Nicki Minaj’s of today. Before Kim, it seemed like female rappers felt under pressure to imitate their male counter parts and live up to this masculine image. She made it OK for female MCs to dress feminine, yet still talk as aggressively hard as male rappers do. The significance and revolutionary impact Kim had to female rap in the 90s, is similar to what Nicki Minaj is having on this generation. So it’s a shame that the two women are going against each other, rather than working together and potentially creating something legendary. Can’t we just all get along?!