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 15
2. When Biggie got his break, he helped Junior M.A.F.I.A., which included Lil’ Kim, get theirs.Source:Instagram 2 of 15
3. 1997 – Recorded the single “Queen Bee” featuring the late Aaliyah.Source:Instagram 3 of 15
4. 1997 – Kim and Ma$e recorded the single “Will They Die 4 You.”Source:Instagram 4 of 15
5. 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 5 of 15
6. 1999 MTV Music Video AwardsSource:Instagram 6 of 15
7. 2001 VMA After PartySource:Instagram 7 of 15
8. Lil’ Kim The Friend: firm supporter of her BFFs.Source:Instagram 8 of 15
9. Lil’ Kim Queen of Rap 2013Source:Instagram 9 of 15
10. Lil’ Kim 2013Source:Instagram 10 of 15
11. Lil’ Kim 2014Source:Instagram 11 of 15
12. Lil’ Kim in 2014 showing support to friend Floyd Mayweather.Source:Instagram 12 of 15
13. B.E.T Awards 2014Source:Instagram 13 of 15
14. Soul Train Awards with Mona Scott Young – 2014Source:Instagram 14 of 15
15. Lil Kim at Elton John’s AIDS Foundation in 2015.Source:Getty 15 of 15