Saturday, November 27, 2010
Nov. 22-28: Lil' Kim And Nicki Minaj Feud Escalates
After months of attacking Nicki Minaj in the press, veteran female rapper Lil' Kim has finally conveyed her animosity toward the newcomer in a new diss track called "Black Friday." Cleverly named after and released on the biggest retail shopping day of the year, "Black Friday" is also a play on the title of Nicki's "Pink Friday" debut.
Lil' Kim accuses Nicki of adopting her persona. On the track that borrows the music bed from Pharoahe Monch's "Simon Says," Kim raps, "You a Lil' Kim wannabe/You just hate to admit it."
The former "Dancing With The Stars" contestant refers to Nicki and her manager Sean "Diddy" Combs, ironically Kim's old business partner, as "swagger jackers."
"I've seen them come/I've seen them go/Still I remain Sweetie/You going on your 14th minute of fame," she adds in the song.
Kim also warns that she's going to turn "'Pink Friday' into 'Friday The 13th.'"
Last Friday, Nicki opened up about the ongoing feud during an interview with Angie Martinez on New York's Hot 97.
Minaj, who dismisses Lil' Kim a "has been" on the song "Roman's Revenge," told Martinez that she admits to being influenced by Kim.
"I respect you. I love you. I've said it in every interview time and time again," Nicki said about Kim. "And if that's not good enough for you, mama, there's something deep rooted in you. ... That's your insecurity bothering you. It's not Nicki Minaj."
Nicki was surprised by Kim's accusations that she had not paid proper homage. "It hurt my feelings," Nicki said. She spoke to Kim about any hard feelings when the two saw each other at a concert.
"I stopped her and said, ‘I want to make sure everything is cool with us," Nicki told Martinez. According to Nicki, Kim said everything was fine.
As the tension escalated, Nicki recorded the "Roman's Revenge" song, which features guest vocals from Eminem and appears on "Pink Friday."
On the song, Nicki accuses Lil' Kim of being jealous of her success. "You out of work/I know it's tough/But enough is enough," she raps.
The hype will no doubt help increase "Pink Friday"'s first week sales numbers.
Record sales is also a main topic in other music news of the week. The recent iTunes release of the Beatles' music resulted in sales of 144,000 albums and 1.4 million tracks. On the flip side, however, debut album sales for last year's American Idol winner Lee DeWyze were less than impressive. Elsewhere, Kanye goes on another rant, and Jay-Z made a shocking revelation.
Wow. So much for Thanksgiving being a quiet week. Check out the recap below. See you next week.