These days, it seems impossible for a female artist to conduct an interview without Nicki Minaj's name being brought into the conversation. Both Lil Kim and Mariah Carey know this.
But unlike those music vets, rapper/ former America's Best Dance Crew judge Lil Mama didn’t hold anything back when discussing the female rap game or the Young Money starlet.
“A lot of times, I hear [Nicki Minaj] say. ‘I do this for women,’ and ‘I’m doing this for all of us,’ while she’s accepting a BET award, but other than that I don’t see her embracing any other women,” Lil Mama told Hollie Wood & Friends.
This wouldn't be the first time Mama has thrown shade at Minaj. In 2011, the "Lip Gloss" rapper told VIBE that Nick had jocked her style, specifically her hairtstle. "My cut is blunt and futuristic and Nicki Minaj started wearing that bob on her head after she came to my show, so at the end of the day I know what I do and I know what I possess and I know who I am," Lil Mama said. "I’m a trendsetter. The biggest form of flattery is imitation so I’m flattered."
Lil Mama, who stars as Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes in the upcoming VH1 TLC biopic and has a soon-to-be-released docuseries titled Hip-Hop Sisters, says that it's the all-girl camaraderie that's missing from the musical landscape today.
“One of the things that makes me most happy about music is that I can look at a picture and see Da Brat, Missy, Lil Kim, Left Eye and I know Aaliyah is a singer, but to see them all in one photo together hugging and laughing and really having genuine love for each other...I want to feel that with my hip hop sisters," she said.
She even looked to male hip-hop artists who keep it real with each other. “Even with the dudes they will battle and let you know, ‘You are not nicer than me,’” she added. “But at the end of the day, we should be able to get together and enjoy each other.”
Watch the full interview below. – Nina Marrissa (@NinaMarrissa)