By Kathy Iandoli
“She just really jumped out the window,” Nicki said of Kim's comments on New York's Hot 97 radio station during an interview. “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 mistaken for a real Barbie. They forget where I’m from, and if I have to revert back, I can and I will. So don’t play with me.”
During a chat on "The Wendy Williams Show" last week, Barbie lightly spoke about her rival but didn't name anyone explicitly.
"They know who I’m talking about. That’s the thing … when you put out records, only the guilty ones feel like you’re talking about them," Nicki told Williams. "If you have nothing to worry about, if you never came out saying stuff, if you never came out saying your ungrateful bullcrap, then you wouldn’t worry about it."
On Friday (November 19), Nicki Minaj introduced a new angle to the femcees' saga during in-depth interview with Hot 97 jock Angie Martinez. According to the Queens MC, Kim told her that everything was copacetic.
"I remember I saw her on the tour with Wayne and I had been hearing things—in the business, people talk—I ran into Foxy and she said, ‘Why you keep on givin’ props to Kim? She don’t like you. The girl be dissin’ you in conversation,’ " Nicki recalled. "I’m so much of a die hard, I was like until 'I hear her say something about me I’m gonna continue paying my respect to her in my interviews.' And that’s what I did. That’s why everyone came out and said, ‘Nicki always shows you love. What are you talking about?’ So when I saw her at Wayne’s concert, I stopped her and said, ‘I want to make sure everything is cool with us because I’m a fan first. Is everything good?’ "
" ‘Yeah everything good. We good,’ " said Nicki, impersonating Lil’ Kim's Brooklyn accent. “This is somebody I looked at highly. We took a picture, everything was good. But you wanna know what scares people? Success. When you don’t make moves and when you don’t climb up the ladder, everybody loves you because you’re not competition. When you become competition, then people start. So I felt like, 'You’re gonna go down in history now as a sore loser as opposed to going down in history as the Queen. Because if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em."
Early in Nicki Minaj’s career, her resemblance to Kim was uncanny—most obviously demonstrated by Barbie's nod to Kim's Hardcore LP cover on her Sucka Free mixtape image. Nicki explained that Kim was more friendly then but as she became more successful, Barbz became a target like many others.
“She picked a fight with Foxy, then she picked a fight with Eve, then she picked a fight a fight with Remy [Ma], then it was Mrs. Wallace [mother of the late Notorious B.I.G.], then it was Nicki Minaj," said Minaj. "Every time you in the news, it’s ‘cause you gettin’ 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. Other than that, goodbye. It’s Barbie, bitch.”
While the Pink Friday MC's exterior seems tough, her words betray that it's painful to watch your idols fall. She even admitted that Kim's negative words had hurt her feelings.
“When you see Gaga, you see Madonna—but Madonna never hated on Gaga," said Nicki. "Why in the Black community we gotta hate on each other instead of saying 'Thank you for showing me love, thank you for keeping my name alive?' The same way she opened doors for me, I’m opening doors for her. Nobody was playin your music and you damn sure couldn’t get an interview to save your life. You getting interviews and every time you do interviews they’re asking you about Nicki Minaj. So it’s like we help each other. That’s the point, we’re helping each other. But if you are bitter, get a life."
Nicki closed the interview by saying that she wasn't necessarily special. Instead, her rivalry with Lil' Kim is more a reflection of the Queen Bee rather than Barbie.
“I respect you, I love you, I’ve said it in every interview time and time again," concluded Nicki. "And if that’s not good enough with you, mama, then it’s something deep-rooted in you. Something is bothering you inside, that’s your insecurity. It’s not Nicki Minaj. It would’ve been any girl that started poppin’.”
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