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Lil Kim & Nicki Minaj “IMPACT” On Rap Studied by College Students

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Lil Kim & Nicki Minaj are yet again making history.

It’s been a long journey for talented female artists. Beginning with Lil’ Kim to Lauryn Hill in the late ‘90s to the modern era with Cardi B and Nicki Minaj, females have had to break barriers to even be recognized by the industry. But as hip-hop evolves and the roster of female rappers grows, women have become an unbeatable force.

Both Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj are currently being studied for a new class at The University of North Carolina Greensboro. Lil Kim & Nicki Minaj have had such an impact on rap that young black poets will study how they broke down barriers for them to succeed now. Their revolutionizing career made it possible for woman today such as Megan Thee Stallion to headline tours as mentioned in the video below via Black Tea Blog.


As the 1980’s era of hip hop passed, so did the ‘Back To Africa” style. No longer did we see women wearing queen attire such as Queen Latifah in “Ladies First” music video. The baggy look would soon vanish for a more sexy look and the lyrical content would also increase the sexual overtones reminiscent of Millie Jackson.

As sex appeal and video vixens became a part of rap, Black female rappers also began incorporating more sex into their look. Queen Latifah even adapted to the change with her look in “U.N.I.T.Y.,” which became an anthem for women empowerment from the increasing derogatory treatment towards women with words in hip hop such as bitch.

By the mid 90’s the hip hop world was introduced to Lil’ Kim through the “King Of New York,” Biggie Smalls. As they say the rest was history.

Lil’ Kim first met Biggie Smalls as a teenager; he heard her rapping on the corner of Fulton Street in their home neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant. What caught his attention the most was how she delivered her rhymes with a street edge. He liked what he heard and asked her to join his group, Junior M.A.F.I.A., and in 1995 was introduced the world.

Junior M.A.F.I.A.’s debut album Conspiracy was released in 1995 and contained the hit singles “Player’s Anthem” and “Get Money.” The success of Junior M.A.F.I.A. quickly led Lil’ Kim to launch a solo career: she began recording her debut album Hard Core, which was released in 1996.


A decade after that release, a new woman came onto the scene. Nicki Minaj shocked the New York underground scene when she released the promo picture for 2007 ‘Playtime Is Over’ mixtape.

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The two women would see each other at a Lil’ Wayne concert, but both rappers tell a different story on how it went down. Nonetheless, a collaboration occurred for Cash Money Records. Lil Kim claimed that when she agreed to feature on the track, she had no idea that Nicki would be on it too. In spite of that Kim said she was cool with it, later claiming it would “be good for women,” she did however take the opportunity to spit the lyric: “Never be another me/What, you out your mind?” on the track.

During a 2010 interview with Power 105, Lil Kim spoke about the history of her problems with Nicki Minaj. She said that Nicki shouldn’t have subliminally dissed her on her records and when asked whether she thinks they’ll ever be able to make amends, Kim responded: “It will never happen.”

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