Is There Room In Hip-Hop For More Than One Female Rapper?
At a recent show in New York, Lil Kim took the time to address Nicki Minaj and her lack of “respect.” The Queen Bee asked that Minaj pay “homage” to her and took things a step further by saying if the Young Money femcee doesn’t pay her respects, then there’s a big “f*ck you” coming from Kim.
While the similarities between Kim and Minaj from a superficial stance are apparent (sexy, shapely and oozing of sensuality) to say Minaj has to pay homage to Kim in such a threatening manner is beyond me. The situation is brought to the forefront because it appears there’s only room enough for one “hot” female rapper at a time. Right now, Nicki Minaj is that chick. Lil Kim hasn’t put out an album since 2006, yet it’s obvious she wants to make her way back into the spotlight. And maybe taking shots at Nicki will force people to pay attention to her.
But maybe, just maybe, Kim should focus on making a hot record rather than demanding Minaj acknowledge her accomplishments as a female in hip-hop. I’m not sure when, or why, the hip-hop box shrank to fit only one rapper with estrogen, but that has got to stop.
The truth of the matter is there are several really good female emcees who don’t need to take shots at other females to prove that they’re good. Take Jean Grae for instance. She doesn’t have sex pouring from her mouth, but as a rapper she commands the microphone better than a majority of male emcees. She has yet to get the credit she deserves, but does that mean that she should make a dis record toward Nicki Minaj or Trina? Nah.
Remember Lauryn Hill before she started working for the circus went a little crazy? She never had to take shots at any other female rapper, she was just better than everyone else and proved it every time she touched the mic. There are other femcees that have been lyrically inclined but didn’t feel the need to verbally spar with other females: Heather B, Lady Of Rage, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Bahamadia, etc. But for some reason, Lil Kim feels the need to take shots at another female rapper.
In my humble opinion, it’s corny and the catty games need to stop between the ladies of hip-hop. If you female rappers don’t like what Nicki Minaj is doing, make a better song and pipe down. Demanding respect in hip-hop is a moot point. You don’t see Rakim demanding that Nas pay homage, even though it’s a no-brainer for Nas. The whole respect thing is reaching; you may feel like you deserve it, but you’re not entitled to it. Minaj hasn’t dissed you—yet. So keep it clean and get busy in the studio. The rest will take care of itself.