Let’s Try This Again, Kim

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Well, it’s the moment all salty seniors have been waiting for: Their favorite female rapper from yesterdecade has finally, yes finally, indirectly referenced the rapper that their children, younger siblings, and bad ass nieces and select nephews love so much.

For argument’s sake, let me just state that I wouldn’t be surprised if Lil’ Kim came back and showed Nicki Minaj a little love.

At the same time, I wouldn’t hold my breath for that to happen.

Now on to the video.

I like how Lil’ Kim says she’s so above her wig and taking it to another level as she performs a song from 1997.

Granted, it’s one of my favorite songs from her ever, but it’s well over ten years old all the same. If you were that ready to take it to the next level, you would have once things started to slow down a bit. Like several years ago.

But let’s not turn this into a stan war folks, because I happen to really like Lil’ Kim.

That said this clip still comes across as a vivid example on how not to age.

I don’t like it when veteran acts shun those that follow them — especially when those that come after offer nothing but praise for their predecessors. Kind of like the way Grace Jones (who Kim actually has borrowed from) dissing GaGa after GaGa has constantly attributed her aesthetic influences to. To dig at someone who’s complimented you and is a relative rookie reads as tacky to me. Not to mention, it seems really unnecessary.

What’s the point?

Oh, it’s for attention, hence the embarrassing aspect to these type of subliminal disses, too.

I don’t think this serves Kim well at all. In fact, now she comes across as just another female rapper who Nicki Minaj seems to bring the insecurities out of. The Beyonce of hip-hop, if you will. If you claim to not know what I mean by that, I don’t believe you. No, not even a little bit.

If I were Lil’ Kim I would’ve gone about this a different way. She should have reached out to Nicki Minaj and done a song with her. You know, in a symbolic way of passing the torch. Madonna has complimented Beyonce, performed with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, and appeared on SNL with Lady GaGa.

Tina Turner has performed with Beyonce. Usher didn’t push Chris Brown down a flight of stairs when he had the chance. See, Kim, it’s not hard.

Not only is it not hard, but it would’ve been a mighty smart thing for you to do.

I’m not trying to be funny when I ask this, but do Nicki Minaj’s fans even remember Lil’ Kim? Her core audience skews very young and given Kim hasn’t had a major hit in years well, you see where I’m going with this.

I think it would be in Kim’s best interest to scratch the beef and record a single with her. That way she can be like Nicki’s cool Auntie to the babies on iTunes.

“Massive Attack” didn’t attack anywhere besides Baby’s budget, but Nicki’s still got so much buzz.

And that seems to be so many other female rappers’ problem, only they should be thrilled about it.

I mean, when’s the last time anyone gave a damn about a female rapper? Exactly so why attack the source of the renewed relevance?

So think about, Kimmy. I think it would be good for you. If nothing else, think of it this way: Foxy Brown will be so mad she didn’t think of the idea first.

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