With all the talk of Nicki Minaj and Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg “kissing and making up” after last year’s Summer Jam drama (which pushed Nicki to back out of her performance after feeling extremely disrespected when he said her song “Starships” wasn’t real hip-hop), a very interesting part of their interview on the station that we missed out on was the discussion of who influenced Nicki the most in her career. And one of the first names she gave props to was Lil Kim. This is of course pretty interesting considering the fact that the two women were verbally at each other’s throats in 2010 and 2011 with Kim claiming Nicki tried to rip her whole style. But Minaj’s pride wasn’t too massive that she couldn’t point out that New York femcees like Lil Kim, Foxy Brown and Remy Ma had the biggest impact on her enthusiasm for hip-hop. Here’s what she had to say during her interview on The Cipha Sounds and Rosenberg Show with K. Foxx and Ebro:
“My favorite? Fox, Kim, Lauryn and then Remy. You know when Remy came out, I was very, very excited about her. Um, but with the Foxy, Kim and Remy, they were all from New York too. It’s no disrespect to any other female rappers, but those are the ones I felt like, ‘Oh okay, yeah, I can get into that.’ They sounded like me when I spoke. I just thought they really made an impact. But I always loved Missy because she was playful. I always said with Missy and Left Eye, they weren’t afraid to be goofy at times and I loved that as well.”
And I think we can all see how these women influenced her, and in my opinion, I see it more with the Missy and Left-Eye props, because they were definitely playful, colorful and kooky at the height of their careers. Something Nicki tries to do with the colorful garb and the different voices she tries to spit in from time to time. But of course, most would say the person she seems most like would be Kim. Blame it on the wigs, I guess?
Check out her interview about her favorite female MCs on the next page and let us know what you think.