Lil Kim, Queen Bee... How can you NOT respect her?
This dope ass female emcee has been around since the 90's and regardless to the rumors and allegations of who wrote her lyrics, she sold hella albums and her fan base was insane! Yes, I was and still am a Lil Kim fan... ALL DAY. Understand my reason why: Kim came out when the business was rediculously flooded w/ male emcees and her music stood toe to toe w/ them. She was the voice of females who knew the streets, were the streets, ran the streets and were nothing to play with. She had sex appeal and her image was that of her own. Yes, some say Kim mocked Marilyn Monroe's "style" but Kim never denied the comparison. Nicki, however, fails to see an uncanny likeness to Kim image 10 years before her time. Now don't get me wrong, I don't hate Nicki. I give her props for seizing the opportunity to become a success at what she does but, the same people you see going up... you see coming down.
In my opinion, I really don't give a f@ck, who dresses like who or who is copying who's style because at the end of the day, Nicki's mgmt put her up to dressing like that. Why do I say that? Because she's wasn't rockin pink hair on the streets of Queens before she had music on the radio. Now what I DO care about is giving Kim the respect she deserves for paving the way as a female emcee... PERIOD. I think Nicki is being catty and childish for even letting this drag on this long. I'm glad Lil Kim DUG IN NICKI's ASS in the "Black Friday" song (see video) and I'm glad she dropped it on HOT 97 and I hope she does it again and again; just because Nicki needs to be force fed all the bars Kim has for her until she simply says thank you.
Let's reflect this, do you think Luda would have a problem thanking Kool Herc? Do you think Nas would have a problem thanking Big Daddy Kane? NO. It's protocol in any business you are in to say thank you to those that have passed the torch to you. It just is what it is.
Now, for all you grown ass men and women who are proud to call yourselves... Ken and Barbies <--(WTF???)still looking for role models read below and tell me REGARDLESS of all this "swagger jacking" nonsense does Kim deserve to be appreciated for her strides and accomplishments. After all, Nicki is just starting, Kim has already been there, done that.
1997: Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "Ladies Night (Not Tonight remix)" (with Missy Elliott, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, Da Brat, and Angie Martinez) (nominated)
2002: Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for "Lady Marmalade" (WINNER)
2003: Best Female Rap Solo Performance for "Came Back for You" (nominated)
2003: Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for "Can't Hold Us Down" (with Christina Aguilera) (nominated)
2003: Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "Magic Stick" (with 50 Cent) (nominated)
2008: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Let It Go" (with Keyshia Cole & Missy Elliott, ) (nominated)
MTV Video Music Awards
1998: Viewer's Choice for "All About The Benjamins" (with P. Diddy and others)
2001: Video of the Year for "Lady Marmalade"
2001: Best Video from a Film for "Lady Marmalade"
My VH1 Awards
2001: Favorite Video ("Lady Marmalade")
2001: Is It Hot In Here Or Is It Just My Video? ("Lady Marmalade")
Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards
1997: Best Video by a Female - Rap/R&B ("Crush On You")
1999: Best Video by a Female - Rap/R&B ("Not Tonight (remix)")
2003: Female Artist of the Year
2003: Female Single of the Year "The Jumpoff"
Teen Choice Awards
2001: Choice Song of the Summer ("Lady Marmalade")
2003: Most Stylish Artist of the Year
Radio Music Awards
2001: Song of the Year Top 40 Pop Radio-"Lady Marmalade"
2001: Video of The Year-"Lady Marmalade"
2001: Video of The Year-"Lady Marmalade"
2002: Outstanding Song- Motion Picture Soundtrack "Lady Marmalade"
ASCAP Music Awards
2002: Song of the Year-"Lady Marmalade"
MTV Japan Awards
2002: Best Choreography "Lady Marmalade"
MVPA Video Awards
2002: Best Styling In A Video-"Lady Marmalade"
2005: Album of the Year The Naked Truth (nominated)
2006: Best Female Hip-Hop Artist (nominated)
2008: Best Song "Let It Go" (nominated)
2010: Best Female Hip-Hop Artist (nominated)
American Music Awards
2003: Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
2005: Best Female Hip-Hop Artist (nominated)
I feel a lil better now that I have said my peace.
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