Nicki Minaj Returns Fire at Lil Kim on ‘Tragedy’

Posted: April 2, 2011 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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“Look at you now hoe/ You just tragic!”


After the release of Lil Kim’s Black Friday mixtape (and the public ridicule that followed), it appeared the battle with Nicki Minaj would just fade from public view. But despite her current immense popularity, Nicki Minaj apparently understood that regardless of the outside circumstances, the “Black Friday” diss was actually a good response to her “Roman’s Revenge” track. And Minaj is an emcee first, hence this reply which is reportedly scheduled to be featured on an upcoming Baby single.

As expected, Minaj attacks Kim over the fact that she decided to release a mixtape through Paypal. On the age front, the game’s favorite Barbie uses a basketball reference to put in perspective Lil Kim’s tenure in the game (“You was hot when Shaq teamed up with Penny!”). These bars are essentially just a few jabs back over an all-out attack, and we’ll just have to see how Kim carries it.



Mom and daughter still going at it, I see. You can’t be mad at this battle if you’re looking at it objectively and not cheerleading. “Roman’s Revenge” had some nice lines and so did Kim’s “Black Friday.” This latest is probably the weakest of all the tracks released thus far, but it has some lines that will no doubt warrant a Kim response. Unlike most, I didn’t clown Kim for attempting to make some money of her music with the Paypal deal. Who knows how much she really sold, but the Queen Bee does have hardcore fans who no doubt purchased it. Let’s not act like most artists are out there releasing free, album-like mixtapes because they just love the fans. They’re doing it because they don’t have a fanbase yet that’ll actually purchase their music just on GP.

I’m still waiting on Nicki Minaj to pull out her “Monster” flow in this battle. The quirky voices aren’t really working here. “Black Friday” got Kim attention because it was a no-frills diss over a classic beat. If Minaj did the same, this battle might already be over with.

So what’s your take? Based on the records released thus far, who’s in the driver’s seat with this battle?


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