Here’s the Beef: Lil’ Kim vs. Nicki Minaj vs. Iggy Azalea

By: Matt Russoniello / August 5, 2014

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Female rap is having a moment — please see Nicki Minaj perched on top of the iTunes charts and Iggy Azelea’s recent seven-week run atop the Billboard Hot 100. With success, however, comes drama. So much drama.

Minaj covers the August/September issue of Fader, and in the feature interview, she addresses the infamous shade she threw at Azalea at the BET Awards in June. In other femcee beef news, Lil’ Kim has released her own remix of Beyoncé‘s “***Flawless” (in response to the official remix featuring Minaj released over the weekend), and it is, naturally, an attack on Minaj.

First things first: you can see Minaj’s Fader cover below.

In her interview, Minaj is asked about her speech at the 2014 BET Awards, in which she said “What I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is that when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it.” Many interpreted this as as an attack against Azalea, who has been accused of using ghostwriters. Watch her speech below:

Of the speech, Minaj told Fader:

“My point of saying what I said was that women need to have a perspective,” she starts off. “If we’re out here saying that we’re so confident, and we’re so this and so that, but we don’t even trust ourselves to write down our own thoughts and spit it on a beat?” She’s getting ignited, her volume picking up. “It just doesn’t add up.”

The interview also makes brief mention of her upcoming album, The Pink Print, which she calls “the blueprint for female rappers to come” and which will feature Dr. Luke (who produced “Pills N Potions”), Ester Dean, Drake, and hopefully Rihanna.

Meanwhile, Lil’ Kim, who recently gave birth to baby girl, Royal Reign, released her own remix of Beyoncé’s “***Flawless*.” In her verse, Kim spits, “Am I trippin’ or did this ho just say my name? Queen of Rap? F*** outta here. Queen’s back, f*** outta here.” A classy affair, indeed. Listen below.

Sigh. Why can’t we all be friends?