Nicki Minaj and Lil' Kim's Rivalry Stemmed from Cosmetic Criticism
Rivalries in the hip-hop community seem to have been around for as long as the genre of music itself. The latest hip-hop feud didn't begin over reputation or bling, but... plastic.
Lil' Kim, the superstar rapper most popular in the early 2000s after chart-topping singles and collaborations with fellow rap royals like 50 Cent and Notorious B.I.G., has been under fire the past few years as her creative output dwindled and her plastic surgeries quickly escalated. It is reported that Kim underwent as many as six cosmetic facial adjustments. Many admit that the rapper, now 39, is practically unrecognizeable.
Lil’ Kim has maintained a long standing quarrel with fellow rapper Nicki Minaj, 30. The conflict is getting more exposure due to the YMCMB [Young Money Entertainment and Cash Money Records] release of rapper’s Lil Wayne newest mix-tape, “Dedication 5.” On the track, “Pure Columbia” the rapper confronted Lil’ Kim’s recent plastic surgery transformation, claiming: “Changed the face of my Rolex/ Shout out to Lil' Kim.”
Lil’ Kim immediately retaliated via tweeting, stating: “Bwahaha!!! That was real cute homegirl @Lil'Tutu. oops I mean @liltunechi !!! #HARDCOREMIXTAPE coming your way soon!!!”
The Feud Escalates
Sadly, this feud is nothing new. Last February, Nicki Minaj released a song entitled “Stupid H*e.” The song made claims about a particularly unsavory individual who physically resembles a “lab rat.” This so-called “stupid h*e” was purportedly Lil’ Kim. The battle had begun. In an interview with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live, Lil’ Kim bashed the YMCMB performer, “If you have to make a song called ‘Stupid Hoe,’ you must be a stupid hoe.” Lil’ Kim continuing complaining with New York City's Power 105's The Breakfast Club.
The feud goes back even further. In 2009, Lil’ Kim collaborated with Baby and Minaj on a song, “Grinding Makin’ Money,” the track ultimately did not make the final cut of Baby’s 2009 long-playing album, Priceless.
According to Lil’ Kim, the criticism of Nicki comes down to personality: “The problem with her is, she was very catty with it…I never had a problem with her. I was always nice with her. Always. She was a very obnoxious person, but I was very nice with her. From the time I saw her in that dressing room, the story she told, I don't even know what the heck she was talking about.” Confused yet? You are not alone.
Feuds or Futile?
Rivalries in popular music are nothing new. As a genre of music often perpetuated by young people and typically dominated by themes of status, significance, and empowerment, the content of most hip-hop feuds focus on these same issues. One suspects Lil’ Kim and Nicki Minaj both recognize these quarrels, real or exaggerated, are good publicity and good for record sales.
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