She’s tip-toed around it for quite some time, but Nicki Minaj can no longer sit back and stay quiet while Lil Kim’s sends disses her way. In a recent interview with Hot 97’s Angie Martinez, she finally addressed the situation, sending some warnings shots Kim’s way as well.
“I feel 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,” Nicki told Martinez. “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all. You don’t have to feel the need to put somebody down and make yourself feel better.”
The Young Money rapper was asked about Kim, following some lines she rapped on her recently leaked Eminem collabo “Roman’s Revenge”, some of which many felt were jabs at Kim.
But, when asked about it, Nicki has always maintained that the lyrics weren’t meant for anybody specific … and instead, aimed at those talking slick in interviews about her, in general.
Kim didn’t buy it that though, and when she took the stage in Queens earlier this month, she let Nicki have it. In a viral clip of her performance, Kim is heard ranting about an unnamed female — everybody knows who — saying: “I will erase this bitch’s social security number. First of all, I don’t even need a record right now and I’d kill that bitch with my old sh**. My records ain’t just enter the charts, they made history. What the f*** is this bullsh**, this sh** come and go!”
On Roman’s Revenge, Nicki spits these bars: “Nicki, she’s just mad ’cause you took the spot / Word, that bitch mad ’cause I took the spot? / Well, bitch, if you ain’t shittin’, then get off the pot.”
In her interview with Hot 97, she explained why she decided to launch a lyrical attack at Kim after all this time. “She just really jumped out the window and you got to be careful when you pick fights. I think people get me mistaken with a real Barbie. They forget where I’m from and if I have to revert back, I can and I will.”
As she continued, Nicki explained that she had always looked up to Kim and tried to give her the props she deserves, but says jealousy got to Kim … and she can no longer sit quiet.
“It’s one of those moments where you say, ‘Don’t play with me,’ because I respect you, I love you, I’ve said it in every interview time and time again, and if that’s not good enough with you mama, then it’s something deep rooted in you,” Nicki said. “Something is bothering you inside. That’s your insecurity bothering you. [If] it’s not Nicki Minaj, it would have been any girl that started poppin’. She picked a fight with Foxy [Brown], then she picked a fight with Eve, then she picked a fight with Remy [Ma], then it was Ms. [Voletta] Wallace, then it was Nicki Minaj. Everytime you in the news is ’cause you gettin’ at somebody. Where’s your music? Put your music out. When I see your name on ‘Billboard,’ that’s when I’ll respond to you. Other than that, goodbye.”
Despite battling with one of her idols, Nicki says she’s willing to give back to her the same way Kim did for her …
“The same way she opened doors for me, I’m now opening doors for her,” Nicki explains. “Because nobody was even playing your music and you damn sure couldn’t get an interview to save your life. But now you getting interviews and everytime you do an interview, they askin’ 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.”