Never-Ending Female Rap Feud: Nicki Minaj vs. Lil’ Kim

If you enjoy and follow the happenings of female rappers, it’s hard to miss new developments in the Lil’ Kim and Nicki Minaj feud – especially since every few months, there’s something new. And, it doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon.

Ya know, I like both in different ways. Lil’ Kim has been around for as long as I can remember and I’ve listened to a lot of her music as well as music by Nicki Minaj. I don’t want this post to turn into a Nicki diss-fest, as I do give her a ton of credit. She’s out there making money and she just lets out her wild side whenever possible. She’s a pretty lady and lyrically talented.

However, today it seems like there are far too many commercial rappers and not enough passion and dedication (maybe I’m cynical, but Missy Elliot and Timbaland touched on the topic during a previous interview). Plenty of artists go mainstream, especially if they’re good, I get that. However, today almost anyone can claim to be an “artist.” And some are famous for being famous rather than having extraordinary musical ability. And, some really talented individuals seem to sell out and scrap their style so they can try to make Top 40 hits (I’m looking at YOU, Wiz Khalifa and A$AP Rocky).

I suppose most artists kinda sell out at some point, and not that it’s really entirely their faults – especially Nicki, as she’s just a product of the current music scene. Regardless, I think Kim has some valid points, and I wanted to share my thoughts.

If you’ve missed some of the key feud tidbits, they’re grouped in a nice little post here.

The Basis: Reasoning & Thoughts

So, LK can be a bit of a narcissist at times, claiming she paved the way for eccentric female rappers like NM (which, she largely did). And, no Queen Bee wants to give up the throne. And, she can be kind of a bully, whereas her “big sis” Missy just wants everyone to get along. I think she does feel a bit threatened, though, as hate often stems from that. However, I think she also is a little irritated that NM has achieved all she has in such short time and gets all this attention when, well, she’s just so mainstream (not to sound like a hipster here, but really). It’s almost as if she’s this become this commodified celebrity who slowly is losing authenticity even though the facade of originality is there.

American Idol

So, here’s one thing I don’t care for – Nicki Minaj on American Idol (my mom can’t stand her on there, either). She’s been popular for a while, but I definitely would not call her a seasoned artist or an icon. That’s not to say it takes a seasoned artist to recognize talent (and I understand AI is hungry for ratings so it only makes sense to bring in a histrionic individual), but I’ve always been under the impression the judge’s seats were supposed to be reserved for musical artists or people in the musical industry who have achieved some sort of historical fame. Emphasis on fame, not celebrity. Again, I’m not trying to diss Minaj, but she just hasn’t been in the game for that long and giving her a seat undermines the credibility of not only the judge’s panel, but the show entirely.

Credit

I do give NM credit, as the girl knows how to stick up for herself. In fact, it’s been rumored her song “Stupid Hoe” is partly a Lil’ Kim diss. However, she probably would have done better if she had just ignored LK. Because you know what angry people hate more than retaliation (and pretty much more than anything)? Being ignored.

Concluding Remarks

Do I ever think the two will get along? Not really. I have much respect for LK and although I won’t pick a side, I do think NM needs to take focus off of being a celebrity and work on achieving fame (not that she isn’t, but ya know). Seriously, someone give the girl a spa gift card or something and tell her to drop off the scene for a bit. Maybe she should try to learn from LK and other established artists instead of just arguing back and forth. While I think she probably has learned a lot from Mariah, she still has a long way to go before I’d say she’s a good fit for the judge’s seat.