If anyone out there is keeping count of the ongoing feud between rap divas Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj, then they would clearly know it is now the Queen Bee’s turn to serve – or not. But was Nicki’s latest salvo towards Kim simply a form of attention seeking flattery? One prominent mind in music seems to think so.
Drummer and producer for The Roots Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson weighed in on the battle of the Barbies and offered an interesting point of discussion by calling the clash of the female rap titans nothing more than a love fest. “[I]ts my personal belief that dissing/verbal (well & actual) pugilism is the most intense form of LOVE,” tweeted Thompson.
Questlove then went on to add, “[W]here your intent is to affect/infect em to the highest degree. i know that sounds contradictory (displaying harsh actions as a sign of affection) but if you see this in somewhat of a shakespearean (or maybe the hero/sidekick narrative of The Incredibles) one can only conclude that if Nik REALLY hated Kim...... she would do the most painful act of hate....which i pretty much know from experience (as loved and hated) the surefire slow burning-last-scene-in-kill-bill-way-to get under ones skin....is to act like they never existed.”
In the elongated tweet, Questlove seemingly suggests that the "thin love between love and hate" narrative is what is underfoot stating that indifference from Nicki toward Kim would be more of a reversal of love than flat out hate or disdain. Still, it isn’t as if Questlove is rooting for an end to the war of words.
“[L]ong as this don't end up the way kim's last beef ended with Fox (member the hot97 shootout which pretty much landed kim where she is now) i say let em battle and continue this lovefest,” he tweeted in closing.