Lil Kim is back in the studio this year recording the Black Friday mixtape. The cover of Black Friday, a play on the annual event that occurs every November after Thanksgiving and Pink Friday, the name of her archnemesis’ Nicki Minaj’s debut album, features Kim dressed as a Ninja with a sword, with the doll image of Nicki from the cover of Pink Friday… except the head is cut off.
I’m not going to get into why Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj are dueling it out right now. There is a lot of he-said she-said in that situation. What I want to bring up is this idea: why is it that there can only be one female rapper at a time?
Rah Digga has been quoted saying, “I think she’s just one facet of it (hip-hop). It’s unfortunate that with the females, it only gets to be one at a time. This year, its Nicki Minaj. At one point it was Remy [Ma]. At one point it was [Lil] Kim…I think it’s important for females to do as much together as we can. We always say we wanna do stuff, and we might do some songs here and there, but we’re not really coming together. And it doesn’t help that as soon as one of us puts out a song the public turns it into a diss song towards the next chick…”
This pretty much sums up how I feel about female rappers right now. Today I discovered (I was behind on this) Khia (known for “My Neck, My Back”) was hating on Nicki Minaj. I wasn’t even aware Khia was still around. All of the sudden she has something to say and she’s putting out songs. Lil Kim’s releasing a mixtape now, and Eve even announced that she’s working on a new album.
I’m not going to say if I have a preference between the female rappers. What I will say, is that if you don’t like Nicki Minaj, that’s perfectly fine- she’s not for everyone. But even if you don’t like her, you have to give her props, because if SHE is the reason you started recording again she’s obviously doing something right.
I am hopeful that this will turn into an opportunity for female rappers. Apparently Nicki Minaj is inspiring other female rappers to get back in the game again. This means there will be more music from female rappers for fans of hip-hop.
But ideally, female rappers will come together instead of trying to tear each other apart and riding on each other’s coattails with diss tracks. Is fame so important that we have to tear down others to get to it? Rap and hip-hop music has been dominated by men for too long. Let’s have a variety for once, not just a singular option.