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Nicki Minaj Stays Quiet, But Roman Zolanski Declares War on Lil Kim

Diss records are as much about timing as they are content. For months, Nicki Minaj appeared unwilling to respond to Lil Kim's taunt's on "biting" and image appropriation. Even when Drake came to her defense in interviews, Minaj remained silent. That is, until this past weekend, when Minaj warped into her alter ego Roman Zolanski to lay the guantlet down on Kim with "Roman's Revenge."

Diss records are as much about timing as they are content. For months, Nicki Minaj appeared unwilling to respond to Lil Kim’s taunt’s of “biting” and image appropriation. Even when Drake came to her defense in interviews, Minaj remained silent. That is, until this past weekend, when Minaj warped into her alter ego Roman Zolanski to lay the gauntlet down on Kim with “Roman’s Revenge.”

Swizz Beatz, as all Hip-Hop fans know by now, is very hit or miss when it comes to his production. Here, he delivers a skittish beat that actually goes well with the random inflections and over the top enunciations that Minaj uses. Nicki’s verses aren’t sustained attacks at Kim, but certain lines are a very blatant challenge to Kim’s credibility as an emcee.

“I’m startin’ to feel like a dungeon dragon/ Look at my show footage, how these girls be spazzin’/ So fuck I look like gettin’ back to a has been?” Minaj asks incredulously. “Yeah, I said it, has been/ Hang it up, flatscreen!”

What hurts the verse is simply the fact that Minaj gets lazy in certain parts. Because her hard-hitting bars are sandwiched between weak punchlines (“I’m a bad bitch, I’m a cunt/ And I’ll kick that hoe, punt!”), it kills the momentum as soon as you began to really get into her lyrics. The same pattern follows her next verse, when nice jabs framing Kim as jealous are stifled by more filler, pause flow punchlines (“You wanna sleep on me…overnight!”) and a ridiculous ending metaphor that has her going into spasm with Eli Manning’s name.

Eminem is in excellent form with his flow, and would have been the consensus talk of the track if it weren’t for Nicki’s disses. Now, the ball is back in Lil Kim’s court. The Queen Bee is no stranger to lyrical confrontations, having went at Tupac, Eve, Foxy Brown, and Remy Ma to name a few. She also knows what it feels like to take a few lumps in battles (see Foxy’s verse on CNN’s “Bang, Bang”).

Kim has got her battle, but it will be on Nicki Minaj’s terms. It’s no coincidence that she’s addressing this mere weeks before her album drops on November 22. Does Kim take the bait and go for a quick response, or will she take her time? Stay tuned.

NICKI MINAJ X EMINEM “ROMAN’S REVENGE

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19 comments

  1. * M$. LIL’KIM THE QUEEN BEE ! OF RAP ! IS THE GREATEST FEMALE RAPPER OF ALL TIME ! SHE IS THE FEMALE BIGGIE ! SHE IS THE MOST COPIED FEMALE RAPPER ! SHE IS THE # 1 FEMALE RAPPER TREND SETTER ! ~ NICKI MINAJ YOU WENT TO FAR WITH THE DRAMA YOU STARTED WITH THE QUEEN BEE ! TALKING AND RAPPING SLICK ABOUT THE QUEEN BEE ! COPYING THE QUEEN BEE PICS AND WIG STYLES ! AND THEN PRETENDING LIKE YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT THE QUEEN BEE IS TAKING ABOUT ! AND NOW YOU’RE SAYING YOU’RE NOT TALKING TO THE QUEEN BEE ! LOL… 🙂 ! PEOPLE THOUGHT YOU WAS REAL ! YOU’RE NOT KEEPING IT REAL ! DON’T GET SCARED NOW ! YOUR IDOL THE QUEEN BEE IS COMING TO STING YOUR A__ ! LIL’KIM IT’S TIME TO LET THESE B____ES HAVE IT ! YOU BETTER MAKE A DISS SONG FOR YOUR LIFE ! YOU BETTER BRING THE BIGGIE UP OUT OF YOUR A__ ! GO GET HER QUEEN BEE ! *

  2. You didn’t even mention the main diss “towards Lil Kim” Like the clearest part that was directed towards her. “Nicki she just mad cuz you took the spot, word that bitch mad cuz I took the spot? well bitch if you ain’t shitin than get off the pot” Blah blah blah.

  3. WEll nicki goes hard on that song.. u cannot really call it a dis. grow up ppl we are all adults here!! Nicki goes hard she is very clever and has a way with words.. like in a recent interview most of her raps are when she is joking around.. so just wait till pink friday cum out!! ya gonaa have sum to talk about for years.! Its barbie bitch!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. nicki and lil kim both suck

    MC LYTE IS THE BEST FEMALE RAPPER EVER!!!!!!!!

    teammclyte all the way bitchez!

  5. She thinks that just because she brings out a cool new named in a spin off of Roman Polanski, that she is cool. Wow.. seriously the ‘alter-ego” thing is getting lame, and it was lame when Beyonce did it too. Nicki Minaj is such an attention whore and just plain-lame. So what happened to Lewinsky? All of the sudden, she thinks she is so popular and that she will explain “Roman Zolanski” on her album. Who the f*** cares? She makes it seem like her nicknames and gimmick is an FAQ on a movie. This isn’t IMDB.com, you whore. And even if it was, you’ll never be on it because you suck! 🙂

  6. Lil Kim is not the best rapper of all time. Mc Lyte, Queen Lathifa, Jean Grae are all better rappers then Lil Kim. Maybe during the 90’s kim was popular but when was the last time she actually had a legitimate hit. Lady Marmalade in 2001 or Magic Stick feat 50 Cent back in 2003. Since then she has really not done much. Her last album sold 400,000 copies overall. Nicki Minaj sold 375,000 the first week. That’s the most by any female since Lauryn Hill in 98. All I am saying is numbers speak for them self. I think Nicki Minaj still has a lot of work to do but the fact is that she has appeal, she is hot right now the girl has a banging body. I am not a big fan of Minaj exaggerations and I think her flow is not natural many times its forced. But Lil Kim time has came and passed. Foxxy Brown and numerous other female rappers are much better then Lil Kim. I myself would like to see a freestyle battle. I highly doubt that will happen. As far as right now Nicki Minaj is it right now. Its all about what have you done for me lately.

  7. I by no means think that Nicki Minaj is the greatest rapper of all time, but I do disagree with Lil’ Kim being the greatest female rapper of all times. HELL NO!!! That title will remain with Ms. Melissa Elliott aka Missy (for the idiots). Lil Kim don’t hold a candle to her! and y’all know it! I’d much rather listen to YoYo than Lil Kim. That hoe wack. Even though she got bout 2 songs that I do like. Fuck that hoe. I’m glad Roman’s coming after her ass!!! How the fuck Lil Kim gon take some ghetto Baltimore garbage ass rapper and try to collab and attack Nicki that’s wack!!! They need to come correct. Nicki ain’t the best, but that nigga Roman is fuckin takin over.

  8. I love the way Roman has just like made himself known I mean he isn’t scared what to say but he needs to let Nicki control her own life other wise he’s gonna get that girl into some serious trouble. The way Roman just expresses himself though Nicki is speaking out to his mother Marther Zolanski she shouldn’t of had Roman Exorcist he’s possessing Nicki but he’s making her more famous so clap clap Roman well done, I love you x

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