The recent episode of Nicki Minaj’s Queen Radio featured a lot of topics, but one of the most important for music heads had to be the conversation surrounding a possible remake of Lil Kim’s “Ladies Night (Not Tonight)” remix. The first person that naturally comes to mind for the remake is Nicki, who finally shared her thoughts on the possible revamp.
Kyle Anfernee of The Shade Room provided the question to the “Dreamz” rapper Thursday (Aug. 30), who seemed to be down for the cause. The 1997 single was a remix to Lil Kim’s Hardcore track, “Not Tonight.” The remix featured Missy Elliot, Angie Martinez, Da Brat and the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. Regarded as one of the most important moments for female rappers in hip-hop, the song was a hit and reached No. 6 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
Before Nicki shared her answer, she explained how her comments of other female rappers don’t equate to hate. “There is no one that I don’t like,” she said. “They maybe don’t like me. We’ve got to start knowing the difference when someone doesn’t like Onika vs when Onika doesn’t like them. I’m going to say what the f**k I want to say but if you’re mad and don’t like Onika that’s on you.” Nicki has engaged in a few female-friendly posse cuts like Yo Gotti’s “5 Star” remix with Trina in 2009 and Ludacris’ “My Chick Bad” remix with Diamond, Trina and Eve in 2010.
She later said there’s no reason why she wouldn’t partake in a remake. “In terms of a “Ladies Night” [remake], of course, I would do it why not? I do records with a lot of people. If a “Ladies Night” presented itself, yeah I would think about it of course.”
Other names thrown in the remake include a blend of rookies and the rap’s elite like Remy Ma, Cardi B, Kash Doll, Tink and Lil Kim herself.
Nicki also answered questions about Queen cuts “Come See About Me,” her opinion on the state of rap and more. See some of her comments below.
On the meaning of “Come See About Me”
“Not all of it, but it has a lot to with me feeling like I was the bad guy or I disappointed someone and I don’t feel like that [anymore]. I honestly think every guy I’ve been with is kicking themselves right now knowing that they lost a great f**king girl.
I’m not saying that because of fame, or riches or anything like that. I know that I’m loyal and a faithful woman. It takes so much for someone to really f**k me over for me to do it over. But there is a person at times I did wish he would come see about it.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure it out, I’ve had four boyfriends so you guys can figure it out. I don’t wanna be back with anyone but sometimes I think would they want to come back to me and hold me and he does and he did. So it’s good to know that he did feel that way. I was able to speak to him after the album came out and we had a very mature moment and now that’s behind me.”
On Queen’s recording session
I’ve been recording for a long time. The first batch of songs I knew it was something special. For the most part, I kept everything. I would say for the Target exclusive, we have “Regular Degular” on there, probably I’d say it was 30 songs on there.
There are some songs I have to put out. There’s a record with Future, I have to put out, there’s a record with Quavo I have to put out. There were just some songs that didn’t necessarily match right now but I will either put up as an update on Queen or another project.
The Idea of Numbers vs. the Art of Rap
I think they’re both important. When you say you’re the best, you do have to put up numbers. We wouldn’t call Jordan the best if he didn’t put up numbers. But at the same time, if Jordan had a year where he didn’t put up great numbers, he’d still be motherf**king Jordan, ya dig?
It’s just one of the those where both are important. But skill is above all. The game has gotten so easy to infiltrate. I’m lucky to be able to know my skill stands above all, above all time.
Listen to Episode 6 here.