With the release of her new song Barbie Dreams, Nicki Minaj has reignited many feuds, and taken a jab at misogyny in rap.
On Friday, August 10, a surprise release of Minaj’s new album Queen had fans reeling, specially because of the track Barbie Dreams, in which she fires shots at most male rappers, and reignites her feud with Lil Kim.
Minaj called out everyone from 50 cent, Karrueche, Quavo, Uzi, Young Thug, Fetty Wap, Drake and even Meek Mill. She did however start off the rap with a deep-seated jab at B.I.G, who’s 1994 track Just Playing (Dreams) had a laundry list of women he would have liked to sleep with. By rattling off a laundry list of jabs at men in rap who are trying to get with her, Minaj turned his misogynistic rap around to shift the game.
However, Minaj did say prior to the release of this album on her Beats 1 show, “I love them. I said things about people who I know can take a joke and won’t be emotional about it.” She also tweeted out, “I only mentioned people in #BarbieDreams that I f*k wit. This isn’t a diss. Yikes. This is culture, this is BIGGIE!!!!! New York!!!! This is FUN. Light hearted fun FUN.”
Minaj did also reignite her feud with Lil Kim, who was one of the first rappers to put a twist on B.I.G’s original rap. By not mentioning her history with the song whatsoever, Minaj subtly dissed a rapper that has been complaining for years that Minaj has stolen her style.
Despite the shade, it seems Kim has moved on from this feud. In an interview conducted on August 9, a day before the release of Queen, Lil Kim was asked about Minaj and said, “Why isn’t this about Kim? If we gon’ mention one female [rapper] we need to mention them all. We need to bring everybody [into the conversation], and we need to give everybody love. God bless her, I wish her the best. I’m past that I’m over it. I was named that, I never named myself that. It’s a difference.”
Kim also said that she does not care that Minaj named her album Queen, essentially giving herself the title of the queen of rap, and added that she does not care to be compared and pitted against other female rappers. She said, “That automatically puts females against each other. Let each female shine.”
Watch the full interview below:
Queen is Nicki Minaj’s fourth studio album.