Lil Kim is all about girl power in the rap game, but that doesn’t mean every woman emcee gets a pass.
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When Lil Kim dropped by Hot 97 this week, she had to clear the air about assumptions that she is not welcoming or inclusive of other women in the industry.
“I’m always for the unity. I got the biggest ladies night record, so I don’t understand how people can say I was never for unity,” she told Ebro Darden. “I’ve always embraced every female.”
But that welcome comes with some conditions. First and foremost, Kim is adamant that those who are new to hip-hop need to pay respects to women who came before them.
Kim said that she would never have treated Salt-N-Pepa or Mc Lyte with the same disregard that she claims some women in the new class have shown. “These are the girls that made it possible for me. These are the girls that influenced me. Gave me life,” she explained.
In her opinion, that respect for those who paved the way is lacking in some newer rappers.
“When you come in the game, you don’t come in the game disrespecting your idols,” Kim said. “A lot of these girls come in the industry like that. It’s whack. And it always catches up to you later. Karma’s a mother, so…”
While Kim didn’t name Nicki Minaj directly, they’ve had a storied beef that sprouted from Nicki allegedly slighting her in the past.
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The Queen Bee, Then & Now: Lil Kim’s Epic Transformation
1. Kimberly Denise Jones, aka Lil’ KimSource:Instagram 1 of 22
2. When Biggie got his break, he helped Junior M.A.F.I.A., which included Lil’ Kim, get theirs.Source:Instagram 2 of 22
3. “No Time” lead single from the double platinum “Hard Core” album 1997.Source:Instagram 3 of 22
4. 1997 – Recorded the single “Queen Bee” featuring the late Aaliyah.Source:Instagram 4 of 22
5. 1997 – Kim and Ma$e recorded the single “Will They Die 4 You.”Source:Instagram 5 of 22
6. One of the saddest days in hip-hop: Christopher Wallace’s, aka The Notorious B.I.G, funeral with Mary J. Blige in 1997.Source:Instagram 6 of 22
7. 1999 MTV Music Video AwardsSource:Instagram 7 of 22
8. 2001 VMA After PartySource:Instagram 8 of 22
9. 2002 Grammy Award winner in the category of “Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals.”Source:Instagram 9 of 22
10. 2002: The single “Lady Marmalade” is one of the best selling singles of all time.Source:Instagram 10 of 22
11. Brooklyn, NY 2003Source:Instagram 11 of 22
12. Lil’ Kim The Friend: firm supporter of her BFFs.Source:Instagram 12 of 22
13. Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2012Source:Instagram 13 of 22
14. Lil’ Kim Queen of Rap 2013Source:Instagram 14 of 22
15. Lil’ Kim 2013Source:Instagram 15 of 22
16. Lil’ Kim 2014Source:Instagram 16 of 22
17. Lil’ Kim in 2014 showing support to friend Floyd Mayweather.Source:Instagram 17 of 22
18. THE QUEEN expecting her LIL’ PRINCESS 2014.Source:Instagram 18 of 22
19. B.E.T Awards 2014Source:Instagram 19 of 22
20. Soul Train Awards with Mona Scott Young – 2014Source:Instagram 20 of 22
21. Selfieeeee!!! #LilKimSource:Instagram 21 of 22
22. Lil Kim at Elton John’s AIDS Foundation in 2015.Source:Getty 22 of 22