Inside Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj’s Long-Lasting Feud
It appears that the long-lasting feud between two queens of rap music may finally be over.
“God bless her, I wish her the best. I’m past that I’m over it,” Kim said. “She did what she did … until she’s ready, hopefully, God puts it on her mind to do the right thing because she knows what she did. Once that happens, hopefully, everyone will stop asking me [about Nicki].”
The “Crush On You” hitmaker also discussed how she felt about the title of Minaj’s album being Queen to which Kim replied, “I don’t really care about that either.” She added, “I was named that, I never named myself that. It’s a difference. When the streets name you that, Biggie named me that. I didn’t name myself that.”
We’re glad this feud seems to have ended now, but the ladies were at it for so long that most people forgot how their beef even started. Here’s a look back at what caused the friction between these women for so long.
Their war of words goes all the back to 2007 when Minaj released some promo photos for her Playtime Is Over mixtape, which looked very similar to Kim’s 1996 Hardcore album cover. The two then bumped into one another backstage at Lil Wayne’s concert a few years later but what went on that evening remains a mystery as neither could ever agree on what actually took place when they saw each other.
They took shots at one another during radio interviews throughout 2010 with Kim accusing Minaj of not paying homage to those who came before her and Minaj firing back at the rap veteran by calling her a “sore loser” who should “get a life.”
— Lil' Kim (@LilKim) August 6, 2014
The back and forth continued when Minaj released her debut album Pink Friday. Around the same time, Kim put out “Black Friday,” which was, of course, a play on her rival’s title. “The Jump Off” rapper then called out Minaj as a “Lil’ Kim clone” and a “wannabe.” The “Anaconda” artist responded with the diss track “Tragedy.”
By 2013, everyone thought that there was a chance the two were going make amends then when Minaj admitted that Kim was one of her inspirations growing up and said that she didn’t have any beef with her. But after that Minaj joined Beyonce on the song “Flawless” and spit a verse about being the “rap queen” which didn’t sit well with the original Queen Bee.
In 2017, Kim teamed up with Remy Ma, who also feuded with Minaj, for the diss track “Wake Me Up.” In June 2018, the “How Many Licks” rapper pulled a Mariah Carey by telling ET that she “doesn’t know” Minaj.
It’s good to see that Kim is over the feud now as she admitted that she’s tired of seeing women being put against each other. Perhaps they’ll collaborate in the future.