Battle of the Best?

Who’s the baddest chick in the game?

Can’t we all just get along? Recently, a battle of the best female emcees has been brewing between relative newcomer Nicki Minaj and hip-hop heavyweight Lil’ Kim. Now, I’m not a rap expert by any means, but I have to say: enough is enough, ladies.

On Nicki’s debut CD, “Pink Friday,” she disses Lil’ Kim on the track “Roman’s Revenge.” Nicki Minaj calls Lil’ Kim a “has-been” and says, “You outta work, I know it’s tough.” And Lil’ Kim, never one to be outdone, slammed Nicki on “Black Friday,” which was, appropriately enough, released on Black Friday and is a blatant slap in the face to Nicki’s “Pink Friday.” The Queen Bee raps: “It’ll be a murder scene, I’m turning Pink Friday to ‘Friday the 13th.’ I hate you Lil’ Kim clone/clown.”

The women go blow for blow and I have to admit, after listening to both songs, Lil’ Kim definitely goes harder. The comparisons are impossible to avoid: both Lil’ Kim and Nicki Minaj are female rappers in a mostly male dominated industry, both have been known to wear fluorescent wigs and both woman have larger-than-life personas, which are largely thanks in part to their shameless sexuality. But Lil’ Kim came first and, in my opinion, she did it better. Miss Minaj, if it weren’t for Lil’ Kim, you wouldn’t be here. Show some respect.

Nevertheless, we, as Black women, need to support each other and help build each other up instead of tearing each other down. Seriously, both of you are the minority in your field and you’re both very good at what you do. You’re better than a large number of the male rappers out there. Lil’ Kim held her own with Biggie and Nicki Minaj hands down has the best verse on “Monster,” which features Kanye West, Jay-Z and Rick Ross. Instead of insulting each other, I’d love to see you join forces for good and defy the angry Black woman stereotypes. That will make everyone’s head really spin.

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