LIL KIM SPEAKS ON WOMEN IN HIP-HOP
Lil Kim took a break from working on her upcoming mix-tape (which I feel should actually be an album) to sit down with XXL Magazine and address a few things with unity amongst women in hip-hop being one of them. Now she’s no stranger to beef with female rappers both old — Foxy Brown and new — Nicki Minaj and Azealia Banks, but she says the difference is that back in the day, work was work and differences were put aside to make sure that everybody ate. Makes sense! Check out a couple snippets from her interview below and let me know your thoughts!
WHY WOMEN RAPPERS DON’T COLLABORATE LIKE THEY USED TO:
“You have other women out there who want to be by themselves. They don’t get the art of unity and what inspired that. You can’t come in the game and think, Oh, okay, I’m going to be the only one out here. I don’t want to stand in the line with no other chicks.” It’s still a struggle because when a woman makes it to the top, it wasn’t like that when we were out. When we made it to the top, the real divas—me, Missy, Eve—we had no problem standing in a line. Look, let’s get this money. We did songs together. We just kept continuously doing it even when we didn’t like each other. We did photo shoots even when we couldn’t stand each other. It was more real. Nowadays, it’s just females are jealous. And they want to act like the girl who is responsible for all this doesn’t exist. That’s whack [sic]. That’s real corny, but things will change. That’s the one thing for certain—two things for sure. Things will change.”
WHERE SHE THINKS SHE STANDS IN THE FEMALE RAP GAME:
“I am definitely the queen. I definitely see myself as the queen. I am the one who made it possible for females to be s*xy. That’s just the bottom line. And still rap hard with the fellas. Period.”
IF SHE FEELS LIKE SHE DESERVES MORE RESPECT THAN SHE GETS AT THIS POINT:
“I don’t give a f**k. It’s whatever. At this point, it is what it is. The streets made me. They stay at me. There’s nothing that’s gonna take away from my legacy. I’m sorry. It is what it is. I’m dying this way. With the crown on my head, nobody can take nothing away from me. It is what it is. I am who I am. Bottom line.”