Rapper Eve has weighed in on the feud between Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj, essentially saying the female rappers have to knock it off.
The beef started when Nicki Minaj went off on Kim in her track with Eminem, “Roman’s Revenge,” presumably because Kim had (somewhat rightly) pointed out that Minaj kind of ripped off her look and style. Kim hit back with the track “Black Friday,” erasing all ambiguity that it was on like Donkey Kong between the two rapstresses.
The feud has been relatively quiet for the past few months, but rapper Eve commented on it during a recent interview. On the Tim Westwood show, Eve said that there are too few female rappers in the game to accommodate the animosity:
“You know, it’s definitely a nice group of females that’s out representing, but because I come from hip-hop, I need more females in hip-hop,” said Eve. “Nicki definitely is holding the flag down, and a lot of people be wanting me to hate just because that’s how girls supposed to do in hip-hop, but I’m loving everything she does. But we need more females, man. There’s too much testosterone in the hip-hop game.”
Eve said she’d pull Kim aside if they were pals:
“I need her to stop. If I was Kim’s friend, I’d be like, yo. ‘cause she’s Kim, period,” said Eve. “So she never has to feed [into the beef]. She shouldn’t. It’s bad. It’s not a good look. If I was her friend, I’d tell her, yo, just come back bigger and better. The best way to get at people is to do you better than you’ve ever done you. So that’s it.”
Later this year, Eve is set to drop the new album Lip Lock.