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“They Make It Seem Like There Can Only Be One”: Remy Ma On Why Today’s Female MCs Can’t Seem To Get Along
“What I think happens with females in this game, they tend to allow other people to pit us against each other. I’ve said this before. They make it seem like there can only be one female. It can be a thousand guys that’s putting out music and rapping and doing what they do, but when it comes to females in this hip-hop business, they make it seem like it can only be one, and if there’s more than one then, ‘Alright, y’all better be at each other’s throats every chance that you get.’ And anytime you say one of those things, they be like, ‘Oh yeah! She has to be talking about this person when she said that!’ And I just feel like it got really crazy. I wouldn’t tolerate it, me personally. But some people are easily led astray. If you have enough people like, ‘She’s coming at you! She’s getting at you! You gotta say something!’ Or, ‘You tryna get on, ma! You gotta diss her to get on ’cause she’s who’s winning right now.’ Like, that’s not what it’s about. I’m around all day. I don’t have to go at somebody else for Rem to do her.”
Remy (aka, Reminisce Smith) has already said that she would love to do a track with Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea, and if possible, all three women all on one song doing their thing. But do you see that happening anytime soon?
Lil Kim’s crusade against Nicki Minaj continues. After releasing that remix to the “Flawless Remix,” (and promptly being clowned on Twitter), the Queen Bee is back with yet another stab at Nicki Minaj.
She has a new single called “Identity Theft.” And while the song itself is not bad at all–with the exception of that hook, sung off key–it’s the cover art that has got people talking.
It features Lil Kim’s driver’s license, with her real address and information, but in the place where her picture should be, there is Nicki, in a green wig, lips pouted mischievously.
Lil Kim recently posted the picture on Twitter along with a link to the single and captioned it.
“Be careful what U wish for…#HardCoreMixtapeUpNext #TheQueenIsBack #QueenBee”
You can take a listen to the track in the video below.
What’s so sad is that while this song certainly shows that Lil Kim still has something to offer the game, it’s a shame that whenever her name is mentioned it’s attached to Nicki Minaj’s. But Nicki has learned, you notice she doesn’t even speak Lil Kim’s name anymore. We’re hoping for once that Lil Kim takes a page from her adversary’s book because this is starting to get pathetic.
Earlier this week, we discussed Nicki Minaj collaborating with Beyoncé for the “Flawless” remix. While Nicki continues to celebrate the success of the track, her rival Lil’ Kim is pushing her own remix of the song, or as Luvvie so eloquently put it, Lil’ Kim RSVP’d to the ‘Flawless’ remix party she wasn’t invited to. Unsurprisingly, Kim took jabs at Nicki in the song.
“Am I trippin’ or did this h- just say my name? / Queen of rap, f— outta here / Queen’s back, f— outta here / Time to get this rap bitch up outta here,” the new mom raps.
“I just had a baby about a week ago / These b—–s got me on my booty, yo,” she raps, adding, “I ain’t even stuntin’ on the b—h / Damn, it’s shame, I gave you the rope, bitch, I want you to hang.”
AND trending! pic.twitter.com/ud4GDpM8HD
— Lil’ Kim (@LilKim) August 4, 2014
If Kim was looking for attention when she decided to put the remix together, she definitely got it. She’s currently trending on Twitter, but not for the reason she may have been hoping for.
Lil Kim and Ebola are both trending, unfortunately they are not related topics. — Jeff Dwoskin (@bigmacher) August 5, 2014
Beyonce trying to remove Lil Kim’s remix from the internet pic.twitter.com/sEnRDZLBCr
— Queen Bey (@queenbey27) August 5, 2014
Lil Kim hopped on the flawless remix like Lil Mama did Jay Z and Alicia Keys — Honey BARB-bq (@HoneyGuwop) August 5, 2014
Lil’ Kim is trying to say she’s still the Queen of Rap but she still has booking information in her twitter bio. #WashedUp
— Zachary Hart (@zacharyhartmua) August 5, 2014
Check out Kim’s remix below. Thoughts?
I’m going to be straight up and ask an honest question here: Where are all the good biography films pictures on black women?
I’m not trying to start nothing – actually I’m okay and cool with starting stuff – but I have to say I’m not really impressed with the selection of biopics lately. The TLC, while full of gossipy tidbits, was ultimately a huge dud. So was the Winnie Mandela biopic entitled Winnie (which is available on Netflix but I would skip it). And excuse me for being presumptuous but I don’t have high hopes for either of the proposed Aaliyah projects. And I certainly won’t be supporting the Zoe Saldana/Nina Simone travesty, if ever that sees the light of day.
Perhaps it is the subject or the productions themselves, but Hollywood (inclusive of Black Hollywood too) really doesn’t attempt to immortalize Black women as it does Black men. This is particularly true of the big screen productions. In fact, it seems the majority of biopics on Black women are actually made for television, and by default, have all the cheese and camp of a film made for television.
As such, I have created a list of ten women, who would make awesome subjects for a well-produced and funded film production. Also so Hollywood doesn’t go casting Madonna as Rosa Parks, I’ll also include a list of women, who I believe would good fits for the roles.
During his short life, Biggie managed to have three relationships that seemed to unfold in the public eye. There was his thing with Charli Baltimore, his Bonnie and Clyde-esque relationship with Lil’ Kim and his marriage to Faith Evans. Naturally, there were rumors of beef between the ladies, especially since some of the relationships overlapped. But Charli says that she’s leaving the past in the past. especially when it comes to her feud with Lil’ Kim.
“As far as I’m concerned it’s a thing of the past,” the rapper told The Jasmine Brand. “I don’t have beef with anybody especially if I’m not paying any attention, ya know.”
Interestingly, she says she didn’t have much of an issue with Faith Evans. Actually, she appears to be quite fond of her.
“She’s a sweetheart,” Charli said of Faith. “We never had any beef it’s just that people misconstrue things and make things that they want to make but she’s an absolute sweetheart.”
As you may recall, around the time of the release of Biggie’s biopic, Charli spoke out against Lil’ Kim and insisted that she was never an actual girlfriend of B.I.G.
“Lil’ Kim made it seem like she had a relationship with B.I.G. that they really didn’t have,” Charli said during an interview with Yo! Raps. “Kim goes out of her way to say she was B.I.G.’s girl. No, Kim wasn’t his girl! Straight up! She wasn’t! She benefited from the situation because she became Lil’ Kim. She has a career and she’s grateful to a n—a for helping her in that aspect, but she was never his girl.”
It’s about time that they put this throwback beef to rest.
“#SnapBackQueens”: Lil Kim Steps Out For The First Time Since Giving Birth To Celebrate Her 40th Birthday
After showing off baby Royal Reign’s face for the first time late last week, Lil’ Kim is now stepping out and showing her face in public for the first time since giving birth on June 9. Her 40th birthday was on Friday and she celebrated with her girlfriends, Yandy Smith and Kimbella Vanderhee (of Love and Hip Hop NY fame). The ladies hit up Beyoncé and Jay Z’s “On The Run” tour stop at the Met Life stadium in New Jersey on Saturday. She partied it up with her “boos”/”sisters for life” who lauded her how great her body looked a month after bringing Royal into the world (“#KimGotThatKillerSnapBack“). Especially Kimbella:
Last night #OTR concert with my sisters @yandysmith& @lilkimthequeenbee celebrating her birthday looking spectacular after just giving birth!! We had a blast last night! Jay & Bey did that!! #SnapBackQueens
She does look good!
— QBTillDaDeathOfMe (@HeavensAgenda) July 13, 2014
‘I Want To Share A Small Piece Of My Pride & Joy:’ Lil Kim Posts Photo Of Her Baby Girl, Royal Reign
Last month, we happily announced that Lil’ Kim gave birth to a healthy baby girl. Earlier today in honor of her birthday, the Brooklyn rapper finally debuted a face shot of her bundle of joy on WhoSay. The photo was also accompanied by a love note from Kim to her fans.
“Thank U to all my fans #TeamLilKim #KillerBees #Beehive & friends for the Birthday love. I Love U guys so much and we will be together soon again. On my Birthday I want to share something special with U all…. The greatest gift I have ever received. My princess, Royal !!!!!
This is her first picture on the day she was born. It was life changing and I want to share a small piece of my pride and joy with U on my special day today!!! Love U !!!! #HappyBirthdayLilKim #Royal #Reign #RoyalReign #TeamCancer.”
Over the holiday weekend, Kim also offered fans a little teaser when she shared a photo of Royal’s tiny feet.
As you may recall, the self-proclaimed Queen Bee shocked us all last February when she performed at New York Fashion Week toting a baby bump. She appears to be extremely happy—happier than we’ve seen her in a longggggg time. We’re excited for her and definitely wishing her the best!
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It’s Queen Bee’s birthday. And in true MadameNoire fashion, we’re celebrating her most famous (and infamous) pop moments. From her many looks to her many hits to her many controversies over the years, 15 of these moments have been collected and highlighted in celebration of a female MC who broke down barriers for so many other female MCs. Happy birthday, Lil Kim.
Well, not exactly together, but both the proud parents of Royal Reign, Lil’ Kim and rapper, Mr. Papers and Baby Future’s mom and Dad, Ciara and Future posted pics of the little cherubs in their stars and stripes and ribbons and bows this past weekend.
This is our first peek at The Queen Bee’s princess in a Instagram pic which she captioned:
“Look who is stepping out today for the 4th of July. Happy Independence Day from my blessing, Royal Reign, and us!!! #royalreign #happy4thofjuly #independenceday #lilkim #fireworks #blessing”
Royal reign also has new dad, Mr. Papers wrapped around her fingers as he posted his baby girl’s hand with the caption:
“This right here changed my whole life!!!! My beautiful daughter! The love of my life!! (Royal Reign Jones Neil)”
Ciara also reminded us that Baby Future is having some summer fun of his own as she posted a pic of him in a star-spangled onesie that read:
“Together We Make Red White and Blue:) Happy4th. Xo”
Ok, enough talk. Here’s some pics of the red, white and blue babies:
By Alexandra Olivier
Do you remember Brandy’s standout remix of “I Wanna Be Down?” It was 1995, and the 15-year-old singer was joined by some of the hottest femcees of the time – MC Lyte, Queen Latifah and YoYo – to make a record for the ladies, by the ladies. THE jam for many women, even to this day, “I Wanna Be Down” covered all the R&B and hip-hop bases. Queen Latifah would go on to say earlier this year that there was friendly competition between the rappers to have the best verse on the track, but the women still kept it positive and maintained a friendship that has lasted nearly 20 years later.
And what about 1998’s “Ladies Night (Remix)?” Lil Kim managed to team up with Angie Martinez, Missy Elliot, Da Brat and Left Eye. And watching the video (with cameos from everyone from Queen Latifah to Aaliyah), you can see that there was nothing but love between all the women. It also made you want to call up your girls and take a trip somewhere where there’s plenty of sun and eye candy. And last but not least, there was 2004’s “Lady Marmalade.” Inspired by the film Moulin Rouge, Christina Aguilera, Mya, Lil Kim and Pink bonded and let the world know that if there was ever a question of how to pull off s*xy, they had all the answers.
Where have these types of records gone? Modern day hip-hop has trouble celebrating a sense of sisterhood between women who equally trade hot 16s. It seems like women have fallen into a “crab-in-a-barrel” system – maliciously clawing at each other to claim the number one spot. I’m not at all surprised by the possible shade thrown by the reigning Queen of Hip-Hop at this year’s BET Awards. Nicki Minaj has owned the Best Female Hip Hop Artist category for five straight years and looking at her stats (and her competition), could you blame the public for voting for her? Unfortunately, the moment she sipped her piping hot Lipton tea while accepting her award, she further cemented the reality of the fragmented playing field occupied by women in the industry, despite what may have been her intention to motivate other femcees.
There are no more popular girl groups. Only solo artists.
There are no more “Lady Marmalade” videos bringing women of all sizes, colors and genres together. Only diss records and social media shade.
Can women in hip-hop be friends or is the competitive nature of the genre and the gender gap disparity breeding the cattiness women are known too well for?
This Bad Girls Club atmosphere is making it that much harder for women to succeed. Unlike male artists who are joining rap collectives and finding a home, women are forced to navigate a tougher path. Either latch on to an established male group/collective and wait for that breakout moment, or take on the industry solo in the hopes of being successful. Everyone can’t be Nicki Minaj, who seamlessly rotates between hip-hop and pop. The career lifespan of many female rappers has typically been short, with or without the backing of successful male counterparts and records, leaving many struggling independently (see Shawnna, Rah Digga, Khia and Jacki-O for some examples).
How different would the genre be if Lil Kim symbolically crowned Nicki – like Jay Z gifting J. Cole a chain – as the next lady ready to blaze the path? Instead, the two went head-to-head for too long over who was first to wear a colorful wig and lick a lollipop while squatting. The apparent lack of sisterhood further contributes to the decreasing success of female rappers attempting to break into the industry. While Nicki claims that there was no shade thrown toward Iggy Azalea at the 2014 BET Awards, with her level of success, she could reach out to budding artists to collaborate, or at least embrace them instead of reminding them who allegedly opened the door for them to even be known.
It isn’t solely on Nicki Minaj to save female rap, but as the biggest woman MC right now, if she wants to motivate women to be great and she wants to set a real blueprint (make that “pinkprint”), there needs to be a return to the camaraderie we used to see back in the day. There is more than enough room for everyone to eat. Not everyone will be friends, but every situation does not have to be a scene straight out of Mean Girls.