Lil’ Kim paved the way for the sultry Hip-Hop women rappers of the day and anyone with eyes and ears can see how far her influence spread since the 1990s. After Usher stated that Nicki Minaj is an offshoot of the Brooklyn star as most would agree, but the Barbz are trying their best to prop up their fave.
In a conversation with Swizz Beatz via Instagram Live, Usher said, “Nicki is a product of Kim,” but in no way was putting down Minaj and her many accomplishments as an artist. Twitter account @TheShadeAngels posed the question of whether or not Usher’s statement was a jab at Minaj, and that got the party started on Twitter in the wee hours of Sunday morning.
Minaj’s devoted fanbase obviously caught wind of the comments and began to fire back at Usher and bringing in Lil’ Kim into their barrage of hateful comments.
What’s worse, Usher clearly wasn’t trying to state anything that isn’t a universally known fact that without Lil’ Kim, there would be little room for an artist like Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, Kash Doll, and any other of the up and coming women rappers who promote sex appeal and fashion along with their bars.
There are a ton of explosively bad takes from the Barbz and we’ve collected those below, including some folks wisely giving props where they’re due to the Queen Bee. At this point, this struggle debate comes up at least once a quarter and it’s a reminder that a lot of people are proud to be delusional.
Barbz Attack Lil’ Kim After Usher Says She Paved Way For Nicki Minaj was originally published on hiphopwired.com
Usher didn't lie, Nicki Minaj's entire career was designed with Lil Kim as the blueprint FROM THE START. That's just the FACTS. That woman owes everything to Lil Kim & has always been obsessed with "replacing" her. pic.twitter.com/ggHJcfdV53— iamrogerb (@iamrogerb_) May 17, 2020
Since y’all brought up this Nicki Minaj & Lil Kim shit again let me bring this back. pic.twitter.com/mflq0NcIsC— ⚠️ (@NasirLeigh) May 17, 2020
Usher just told the truth. Everyone that witnessed Lil’ Kim in her prime shares this same sentiment.— ᴅᴏʟʟᴀʀ (@callmedollar) May 17, 2020
Hell, even Nicki Minaj knows that she’s a product of Lil’ Kim. I don’t see what’s the fuss. https://t.co/I5LFBG3Nm4
They mad at Usher for saying NM is a product of Lil Kim. Lil Kim's influence can be found all over female rap. KIM took heat for sexually explicit lyrics, music videos & all just so yall favs could be comfortable doing it YEARS LATER. Denying it on Stan Twitter wont change that. pic.twitter.com/q45199yKsd— 💚 ✳♦𝗣𝗘𝗧𝗧𝗬 𝗥𝗘𝗠𝗬♦✳💚 (@pettypremy) May 17, 2020
Usher told no lies about Lil Kim pic.twitter.com/dEaXx5qhMX— THE MAFIA (@Infaredkillabee) May 17, 2020
Lil Kim trending again because of Nicki Minaj. Imagine putting in all that work for them to only bring you up when it’s time to compare to the Richest Most Successful Female Rapper of All Time. Lmaooo— 🔗 (@QCWorldwide) May 17, 2020
So I guess Swizz, Missy Elliott, Mary J Blige lying like usher huh? FOH like who you like but understand who came here first & PAVED. THE. WAY. Lil KIM. https://t.co/GBmzCWPQLo— MISSYFROMTHEBX (@MALISA83MISSY) May 17, 2020
Yeah, Usher maybe facing some backlash for saying Lil Kim paved the way for Nicki Minaj but more people probably are agreeing with Usher https://t.co/FjxCmTphGT— T.F. (@Lakotasky) May 17, 2020
Barbz refuse to admit there would be no Nicki Minaj without Lil Kim. Even I can admit there would be no The Weeknd and Bruno Mars without Michael Jackson. GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE! RESPECT YOUR ELDERS AND THE LEGENDS THAT CAME BEFORE YOUR FAV! pic.twitter.com/9E5NkGwJGb— Fred - The 100 Stan (@LandOfOVO) May 17, 2020
There definitely won't but you can't talk Chris Brown without Usher, Usher without Michael, Michael without James Brown... Barbz act like they can't appreciate one without acknowledging the other. Lil Kim's the blueprint to a lot of these female rappers period.— Dursi 🇪🇹 (@ayDursi) May 17, 2020
Ok y’all so I went Swizzled Beats page and found the part when him and Usher was talking about Versus battles that need to happen and when Nicki vs Kim was brought up usher said “Nicki is a product of lil Kim”. As if she can’t go up against Kim when I comes to hits... pic.twitter.com/IFfexmsR3c— 𝓝𝓮𝔀 𝓨𝓸𝓻𝓴 𝓑𝓸𝓻𝓷 𝓑𝓪𝓻𝓫🏙 (@BronxBornBarb) May 17, 2020
Let’s just put it out there that the entire “there would be no Nicki Minaj without Lil Kim” argument is baseless bullshit and I’m sick of it. She wore some wigs and her music was sexual. That woman invented nothing but the trend of using Nicki’s name for clout. pic.twitter.com/0oeAzrMKbX— Donnie 🅙 (@DannyTeamMinaj) May 17, 2020
Some things in hip hop just can’t be argued. They’re concrete facts. Lil Kim wrote the blueprint for a whole lot of female rappers that came after and that includes Nicki Minaj. It also doesn’t discount Nicki’s accomplishments.— Joël 🇩🇴 (@WeAreJoel) May 17, 2020
Lil Kim flipped the game on it’s head. Period. pic.twitter.com/OkhJs4MA7V