My fondest memories involve listening to Lil Kim while getting ready for a night of madness. My girls and I knew all the lyrics to Queen B. And on my commute, I still go crazy listening to her hook on Money, Power, Respect. I held on to my love for Lil Kim when she fell off the map, got new faces. I loved her even more when Nicki Minaj forced her to come out of the rock she was hiding under. When she made that diss track, I played it on repeat all day, and forced all my friends to cram around me in the backseat of a car and watch it.
So when I woke up and saw Lil Kim’s ecstatic, “listen to this!”, I sat down and really listened. I kept waiting. And waiting. I actually thought it was the Beyonce and NIcki Minaj track. The 30 seconds of rap Lil Kim did was so…stale. Boring. As she rapped, I kept thinking of NIcki’s line, “these b-s washed up and ain’t no f-in soap involved.” The song could have been called “Flawless Remix by Beyonce, Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim.”
What I wanted Lil Kim to do was take it back. Wait a few days. Or a week. And then so utterly smash her verse that there was no opportunity for her to lose her throne. But that 30 seconds sealed her destruction. Though talented, I’m not sure she can ever come back properly. I mean, nobody even cared who her child’s father was! *Sigh*
I want to live in a world where black women don’t have to feud to get attention. Every day I see headlines about Wendy Williams vs. Nene Leakes, or Beyonce and Azealia or Azealia vs. T.I., (actually it’s her against the world). Now, Liv, Jay-Z’s supposed mistress is trying to make her 3 seconds last.
This woman said she was going to “check” Beyonce. Sigh. She’s pretty and she can rap, but I’d be irritated if some random woman talked about her “friendship” with my husband.
I know that there is a lot of cash being made because of all this gossip. I want peace. I want to hear Lil Kim make a track that isn’t about ‘coming back’ at somebody. I want Liv to make her career without having to try to “school Beyonce” (as if she could). I want to live in a world where it is possible for talented musicians to succeed without gossip that destroys reputations, marriages, and lives.
Lil Kim just broke her neck trying to stay Queen B, and I’m hoping that other women won’t make the same mistake.