Maino might just be the luckiest rapper in hip-hop. The Brooklyn hard rock has the luxury of saying he’s one of few individuals to maintain a good-spirited relationship with female rappers Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj. Maino has long been affiliated with Kim as an extended member of the Queen Bee camp. Coincidentally, Maino and Nicki also share a few things in common as the two were both upstart rappers looking to make it big in the New York City region a few years back. While Maino and Nicki have gone separate ways, the “Unstoppable” rapper says he’s in good graces with the Young Money rapper.
During his visit on RapFix Live’s one year anniversary show this past Wednesday, Maino reflected on a vintage clip of Nicki and himself having some fun for the camera.
“I think people put too much emphasis on hip-hop beefs” Maino told Sway referencing the Lil Kim/Nicki Minaj flap. “Like, hip-hop beefs and hip-hop battles always had that. It’s a part of the culture it’s always gonna be artists that don’t agree. Ya understand. And you might have to take it to the mic or whatever. As long as it just doesn’t get out of hand, you know what I mean. As long as it doesn’t end up like ’Pac and [Notorious] B.I.G., which I don’t, I don’t think people give us the credit for being as responsible as we are because I don’t think people want it to go that far. Except for me.”
Since the early stages of the battle between Kim and Nicki, the Queen Bee has released a mixtape that was mostly dedicated to her war with Nicki. The barbie on the other hand has kept her name ringing in the streets dropping a number of chart-topping singles and videos while scooping up a few accolades here and there, most notably a sweeping win at this past years MTV Video Music Awards for Best Hip-Hop Video for the track “Super Bass.” According to Maino, the best advice for his friend Lil Kim to advance her career is to take it back to the drawing board and simply put out good music.
“Just make hot music and that’s it” Maino said of Kim extending her legacy. “I think that’s the thing that people really understand and the only thing that people really respect at the end of the day you know, is hot music. It doesn’t matter. At the end of the day all people want to hear is hot music.”