Maybe it’s just because there have never been more than a handful that have been significantly successful at any one point in time, but damn, do people love pitting female rappers against one another. With Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim recently serving as the female-rap feud that keeps on giving, it’s no surprise that the hunt is underway for the next female rapper willing to start shit with the Harajuku Barbie. We hoped that “Lipgloss” MC and America’s Best Dance Crew judge Lil Mama would be mature and wise enough—even though she’s still only 21, five years Nicki’s junior—to let herself get sucked into the fray.
Alas, Vibe ensnared her by asking about people “saying [she's] biting Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga” and mentioning how a “bunch of people thought [she] jacked Nicki’s haircut.” Mama could not resist rising to their bait, and turning the tables on Onika:
Come on, let’s be real okay. You have all these people wearing different colored hair. At the end of the day I’m a bombshell, so I’m going to do me. If I want to go platinum, I’m going platinum. Let’s not forget that we have had people doing these things way before the people who are doing it now…my cut is blunt and futuristic and Nicki Minaj started wearing that bob on her head after she came to my show, so at the end of the day I know what I do and I know what I possess and I know who I am. I’m a trendsetter.
At least Lil Mama qualifies her shots by saying that she’s “flattered” by Nicki’s supposed imitation, and doesn’t appear to bear her any grudge. Still, she should know that all that anyone’s gonna get out of an article like this is a “Mama Disses Nicki” headline. Here’s hoping this is one feud that never makes it to the Twitter arena.