To Lil’ Kim, it seems, the old adage that “imitation is the highest form of flattery” is better suited to theory than actual practice. The Brooklyn rapper has been lashing out at Lil Wayne protégé [artist id=”3055069″]Nicki Minaj[/artist], most recently in a series of promo shows and an interview in which she claims the upstart femcee hasn’t paid proper respect to the Queen Bee.
Kim first stung Nicki Minaj earlier this month at a concert in Buffalo, New York. The veteran lyricist alluded to the Young Money artist’s penchant for neon-colored wigs like the one Kim donned in her ’97 video for “Crush on You.” Nicki is donning a cotton-candy-colored wig on the cover the latest issue of Vibe magazine.
“Y’all know who this is, I love starting trends,” Kim told the crowd. “I’m going to another level. I love the wigs and everything but I’m so above them.” And with that Kim took off her wig and tossed it into the audience.
Days later, at a show in Manhattan, Kim picked up her where she’d left off at her upstate New York show, this time joined by singer Ray J, who launched into the dis session.
“It’s a lot of people biting her style and sh–,” Ray said to roars of approval from concertgoers. “I ain’t saying no names — but you know who.”
“We love them,” Kim said, joining in. “We just want them to pay homage, so we can all rock together. It’s about respect: You respect me, I respect you. If you don’t respect me, then f— you.”
According to Kim, in a radio interview on Saturday with Philly 100.3 the Beat’s Kendra G., she began alluding to Nicki’s behavior because of a rift than began, apparently, when Nicki Minaj blew off Kim.
“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 radio host on Saturday. “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. It will be aired out, because you can’t hide the truth.”
While Nick Minaj has mostly stayed quiet on the subject, her labelmate Drake spoke out during a Connecticut concert over the weekend as the pair performed together.
“I know you be calling women bitches and sh–, but I can’t say you the baddest bitch,” Drake said to Nicki. “I can’t do that because I respect you, I love you too much and you look too beautiful. So I just wanna say you the baddest woman to do this rap sh–. I don’t give a f— what Lil’ Kim or nobody else is talking about — you’re the baddest chick to ever do this sh–.”
Kim, for her part, the very next day, directed her ire at Diddy, Nicki’s new manager, during a show performance of “All About the Benjamins,” spitting some unfriendly sentiments at her onetime ally.
“Ay, Puffy should be ashamed of his f—in’ self,” Kim rapped.
And this isn’t the first time Lil’ Kim and Diddy have been at odds. The two traded barbs last year during the release of the biopic “Notorious.” Kim was upset at her portrayal in the movie and claimed Diddy, along with Biggie’s mother, played a part in what she deemed an unflattering characterization, even singling out the actress cast to play her.
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