Birdman on Nicki Minaj/Lil’ Kim Beef, “Nobody has to Salute or be Saluted”

The most talked about beef in hip-hop these days unexpectedly is coming from up-and-coming rapstress Nicki Minaj and Brooklyn vet Lil’ Kim. XXLMag,com recently caught up with Minaj’s boss, Cash Money co-founder Bryan “Birdman” Williams, to find out what he thinks about the situation.

According to Baby, neither him nor his label ever wanted to get involved in beef, but in this case he has to roll with the punches. “Well, you know with Nick we’re just doin’ music, I don’t care to get caught up in that and I don’t care to make money off of that,” he said. “We never fucked with that. It is what it is. That’s not our thing, but it is what it is so we gotta let it be what it be.”

Speaking on Kim’s initial problem with Nicki failing to give her respect publicly for  paving the way for female rappers, Birdman said he disagrees. “Nicki is grown, Nicki does her own thing, I don’t think she has to— nobody has to salute or be saluted, we in this hustlin’,” he said. “The hustle gonna make you salute, just watchin’ a nigga grind and see how he shine. Nicki’s with her team, we ain’t doin’ nothing expect putting out good music. So if somebody’s fuckin’ with that, to me, they’re violating. Bullshit don’t weigh nothing, the grind and the money do.”

Nicki’s debut album, Pink Friday, is in stores now. —Elan Mancini with reporting by Rob Markman

For our full Q&A with Birdman click here.

  • laura

    Birdman is right

  • THA TRUTH

    you got to SALUTE AND PAY HOMAGE..idiot, without kim breaking down the door, nikki couldnt walk in..PUNK..

    • jburg

      Fuck Kim. She isn’t the first female rapper. She didn’t pave the way for shit. MC Lyte, Salt N Pepa, and others paved the way. Pay Homage? Man fuck that. I’m tired of these old fucks talking about pay homage. Get off that bullshit. Nicki is shining right now and Kim is just jealous. Get your tongue out that bitch’s ass.

      • realness

        got to give respect to get it fucko……you youngins dont know shit about respectin elders yall think the world started w/ yall and yall think rap started w/ young money………whole bunch of late 80′s crack babies runnin around thinkin they know somethin

      • This Fuck Here

        Nigga she most certainly pave the way for that freak shit nigga! Lyte SnP wasnt none of them on that raw raw shit like Kim nigga, All that bullshit hollywood look Kim, all that im a barbie bullshit nigga Kim( How Many Licks Vid) she was on that doll shit! The bitch done stole every Kim pose in her promotions Not Lyte’s Not SnP not the first female rappers shit, Kim’s shit! Then on top of that this bitch trash, everything over there trash. So why shouldnt a fake bitch respect the game nigga???? Thats black life though for young dumbs ass nigga today. Rules is truly missing. Everytime you talk you speak like you created this shit, nigga you bootsy nigga.

      • http://www.bboycult.com Don mcCaine

        jburg gotta be on one talking reckless like that…I was gonna throw darts but you co-signing an old fUx while sh^ttin’ on the rest is proof I need not say more. Errbody know Birdman don’t care about Kim OR Nicki, this is the same dude who said he’s got an oil company & shares in a sports team and got exposed.

        • bobby

          u all must be women if ur gettin this heated over someone dissin Lil’Kim….

          • Kid Cashier

            I have yet to see someone say a single damn thing worth co-signing. Fact of the matter is, Kim mad cause someone else in the mix again. Same shit she pulled with Eve… kinda the same shit that happened with foxy. Its just some jealousy woe shit that happens between pretty much all female artist! And how the hell do u pay homage to someone who hardly wrote any of her own shit??? Kims career was created for her. I dont give a fuck what ya’ll tell me… i’ll pay my respects to Big and others who gave kim her career.

            And to u fucks hatin on young money… get over it already. If ya’ll dont like the shit u can press fast forward.

            And for the people talkin bout the youngins…. If your old and blogging and cryin the way u are, u need to get a fucking life… and stop living in the past!

            I’m twenty two and i promise on my life i’ll school anyone on this rap shit… why? cause i listen to it all. If u ONLY listen to old shit your opinion doesnt count. same if u ONLY listen to new shit!

            Hip-Hop is about moving forward and trying out new ways to evolve the genre.

            If anything Kim making herself look foolish! She supposed to be the veteran who should just learn to brush shit off instead of gettin all puss sore over it.

            * co-signin my own shit cause i know better…

        • This Fuck Here

          Hey Donald, I stated the pure facts. Gilligan ass nigga.

          • http://www.bboycult.com Don mcCaine

            Hip Hop’s about moving forward and trying out new ways? So graffiti and DJing is about that? Pop-locking? I thought those were forms of EXPRESSION. Hip Hop was expressed thru art, dancing, MUSIC, and apparel. This is why Hip Hop is a CULTURE, it created a new being with a different way of life.

            Some of y’all type like them cats who would tell your peeps “yeah that’s my vinyl/cassette/CD collection” and won’t even give dad or mom their props. See what I did there?

            It’s alright, just like we passed down our music game and STYLE OF DRESS, we’re gonna pass down OUR OLD HEAD LABEL TOO! HAHAHAHAHAHA

      • Karim

        You sound like a jackass… You can tell who the johnny come lately, teenybopper, wet behind the ear, breath smellin like similac hoe ass niggaz is… Young dumb idiots who don’t know the first thing about who paved the way for females in this rap game. Lil’ born in the 90′s ass niggas… Get your head out of your culo… Kim should keep makin’ these no talent ass hoes show respect! Show some respect punk!

      • lissa

        YOU PEOPLE ARE A FUCKEN JOKE. ALL THEM RAPPER’S OUT THERE JUST SHUT THE FUCK UP WITH YOUR HATEN ASS!!! NICKI DOSENT OWE HER SHIT !! PAY HOMEPAGE FOR WHAT CAUSE THEY BOTH FROM BROKLYN IS THAT IT !! SHE IS NOT THE GREATEST FEMALE RAPPER OUT THERE COME ON BE FORREAL KNOW !! NICKI STAY ON YOUR GRIND AND GET THAT PAPER GURL U DESERVE IT !!!!! KIM IF YOU SO WORRIED ABOUT WHAT NICKI’S DOEN WHERE’S YOUR CD AT ???????? THATS RIGHT SITTEN ON YOUR ASS HATEN ON NEW TALENT !!! AND THAT SHE DOES HAVE!!!!!!!!!!

        • http://www.celochamps.com that nigga

          Nicki is from Queens. And if she posin’, takin flicks and wearin colorful wigs and shit she should pay homage. If she came out in her own lane then she dont have to pay homage for shit. Period.

          • http://www.bboycult.com Don mcCaine

            c/s karim & that n^gga…

            WHERE WERE Y’ALL WHEN KANYE TOLD 40 TO STOP BITING HIS SOUND? 40 said:

            “I can’t even be mad at him” “Because the last CD I listened to before I started working on So Far Gone was 808s & Heartbreak.”

            THAT’S how you handle it…

  • sean

    Birdman is an ass and too busy kssing Lil Wayne’s lips. However, he’s smart because he knows Nicki has no worthy, lyrical response to Lil Kim.

    #Sucker #lame
    how can she be a queen and afraid to follow through. Lil Kim will always be Queen B ee and Nicki ain’t innocent, she been dissing kim subliminly all through her mix tapes.

    • http://www.myspace.com/slotchmusic ms_spittuh

      You’re right. Very right, and if Nicki was such a grown ass woman why does she need Birdman to interfere? Seems as though a lot of people are scared of Kim. She really don’t have a response for Kim lol. Now!…I would like to see Nicki try that shit with Rah Digga….or MC Lyte….there will definitely be war. If you want to go at all female emcees including those who are still striving to get in it (including me), why not “really” come for us Nicki? Because I would be sooooo ready to wax that ass mama…she could barely even respond to Keys!!!!! So wtf does that say?….

  • T

    Although Nicki Minaj fucking sucks, it’s not a good look for Kim. Nicki won’t respond because Young Money is full of bitches, but everyone will see it as “Nicki is too good to respond,” making Kim look dumb.

  • terrance

    How Birdman want to be wussy now. Beefs are part of the traditon of hip hop. Nicki dropped her diss on roman’s revenge, threw another subliminal shot at lil kim on keyshia cole’s ‘i aint through’ then went on hot 97 and dissed kim again.

    they didn’t expect lil kim to respond with black friday which she ethered and goughed Nicki. Now you black and bloody and yo want to side step a response talking bout that ain’t your thing!
    Bitch please!

  • smh

    nicki minaj already saluted lil kim, years ago.
    she’s just mad nicki blew up. poor her.

    • magic

      I’m not a nicki fan, but I agree. Nicki has been on the record showing kim love in the past, what do you all want her to do? make a record saying ‘i love kim!’ ? stop it.

  • jburg

    Fuck all you niggas! I don’t give a fuck what you say. And for the dummy that called me young? Nigga we probably the same age. I’m not a late 80s baby nigga. And fuck Kim that bitch ain’t been hot since she didn’t have anymore Biggie rhymes. Reckless? Truth hurts. The bitch is mad cause someone other bitch is shinin. And I don’t even like Nicki. You don’t see Madonna trippin on Lady Gaga. Or Keith Sweat hatin on all this new R&B cats. Bitch needs to grow up and face the facts. Put out a hit or shut the fuck up. And you niggas need to learn the difference between paving a way and setting a trend. Queen Latifah paved a way, Lil Kim set a trend.

    • Craig

      FINALLY!!!! Someone that makes some fuckin’ sense!!! I’m not a Nicki fan either but Kim is being a hatin’ ass bitch right now. Either make good music or shut the fuck up!!

  • Mitch 3K

    I agree with Birdman……….. As much as I Hate to admit that, lol

    Dont nobody owe anybody respect, Nicki Dont have to give Kim Props if she dont want to, Why cant everybody mind there own buisness??…..Oh, I know why, its because Kim’s career is all but dead and she needs the controversy to draw attention to herself…… Its not Like Nicki Direspected her, whats Kim mad about, because Nicki dont give her props in interviews??………Fuck outta here with that bum ass publicity stunt

    • http://www.bboycult.com Don mcCaine

      Word is bond, some of y’all are talking a whole lot of bullsh^t.

      Y’all are some UNGRATEFUL ASS MUFUKKAS.

  • http://www.lovinglivetv.com blaze

    Lil kim should be ashame of her self just ask birdman lil kim he might give you a record deal.lol

  • truthteller

    Young money a much of lames diluting rap. this response is so weak, lmao. Daddy birdman has to respond. Where is Nickki’s responde, softie drake! Weak!

    Queen Bee all day. I can’t ride with Nicki pop ish!

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  • caino

    Man, this shit still dragging on!! this should be a good rap beef, but l’m bored of it already!! Nikki,will say she is above responding (as most peeps do now) and take the higher ground, making Kim looking like an ass, when we all just want to see them both go at it(no ‘ate my box’) .

  • http://www.citysocialites.com jane

    I agree with him….

    They need to do a song together….

  • erica

    Young Money, Nicki Minaj are some pu**ys! You drop a diss on Kim multiple times, she go in on you and your ‘daddy’ has to respond!

    Where the hell they do that at! bitch please, Nicki, take your lame ass and your weak music home. You want to tangle with the big girl and can’t hang, that’s your fault.

    If you can’t take the bruising don’t be dropping disses i.e Roman’s Revenge not expecting a response. I can’t with Nicki, she corny.

  • Blog Bully

    Birdman on Hip Hop Producers Beef :”No producer has to be paid nor am I paying them!”

  • ian

    I have no respect for rappers who put out a diss then gets ethered by Kim now want to play victim and sing kumbyua.

    that’s a whack move and shows you not built for this. Until Nicki puts out a response that is superior to Black Friday, I don’t respect her as a rapper. Nope, sorry Nicki, YOu whack!
    Kim’s got that!

  • hiphopslastdaughter

    Look people the truth is Nicki is a GIMMICK. If u like her u obviously dont know what hip hop is she lacks substance and authenticity. . .SHE SUCKS!! Lil Kim is the real regardless of how long its been and bitches like nicki shouldnt even get this much attention. Be real yall know nicki hot because of her looks not her lyrics 100

  • Shawty J

    I actually agree with Birdman on this one. Saluting is absolutely optional. Besides Nick’s already saluted Kim. Kim either needs to stop bitching and step her game up or take her bitter ass home.

  • whhiteguy

    He can have my wife any time

  • http://internetexplorer li pupu

    MANE SHE DONT HAVE TO SAY SHIT TO KIM . SHE PAID HOMAGE TO WHO SHE NEEDED TO AT THE HIP HOP AWARDS SALT AND PEPA AND THE LADIES B4 HER. SHE DONT HAVE TO SAY HER WASHED UP ASS NAME SPECIFICALLY. SAY WHAT YALL WANT TO MANE BUT SHE DONT OWE HER THAT. EVEN IF SHE DID WOULD THAT B ENOUGH 4 HER, HELL NAW SHE TRYN 2 GET BACK ON. SHE OUGHTA DO WHAT JAY DID TO JIM JONES NEM DONT SAY SHIT. IF U DO U GONNA HELP THEM SELL RECORDS

  • No Name

    Only in hip-hop does this BS happen. You don’t see Madonna coming at Lady Gaga, Tina Turner at Beyonce, Prince at Janelle Monae or the remaining Beatles at Fall Out Boy. The only real issue here is Kim’s ego.

    • http://blogger/traptalk rico

      because we was raised to hate each other white ppl different they the one who instilld that hate in us west coast got bloods and crips black on fuckin black new york got gangs and cincinnati got thesame shit going on too

      • No Name

        Well, I wouldn’t go that far. But street mentality definitely has a lot to do with it.

  • MDi

    Nikki did give Kim props; did you hear the same interview Kim sampled where Nikki said she loved Kim and grew up to her and it hurt her that Kim dissed her and had to hear it for herself to believe it? And face facts, Kim sold her ass not her skills. Not that she didn’t have flavor, but without Big (and 50 Cent–”magic stick”) where’d she be at? Both Drake and Nikki are wack; diss them for that but get the facts straight. And female rappers and ALL rappers were better when they had character and weren’t characters. think about it.

    • http://blogger/traptalk rico

      fuck the bullshit you sound dumb as hell come on son they both fuckin hot

  • moni

    Nicki minja will last for 1 year… thats it.. her shit will get old… the barbie shit will age with her… the crazy ryhmes or what ever that is she does will be irrating… its already irrating!!! LMAO…she needs to listen to MONEY POWER RESPECT…. MAYBE THE WHOLE YOUNG MONEY NEED TO LISTEN. shouldve had done kim dirty…. romans revenge…. meet black friday and faded in the darkness. her corney ass couldnt carry the song by herself she had to get eminem on it. the only reason the song was ok was because of eminem.

    • http://blogger/traptalk rico

      her verse was hott to and she make a song by herself its proven your love and right thru me

  • http://blogger/traptalk rico

    baby always say some bullshit.remember when he said wayne was better then jayz and wayne made money.bluh,bluh bluh then it was proven that jayz was cash king of that year so baby kiss wayne again cause you foolin sayin she dont have to salute kim but fuck it doe it all fair in war

  • Karim

    KID CASHIER. You must work at McDonald’s… Get your head out of your culo! Banana nosed fuck face…

  • Andre

    Late 80′s crack babies… Look, that shit is real. Those are the young adults we’re dealing with today. They grew up with no mom, no dad and maybe grandma untill she died. alott of these kids were in the system with no love, no unity, no nothing. Most of us who sold crack has the responsibility of cleaning up this mess in our hoods… FUCKING PERIOD!

    But anyways!!! RULE#1 RESPECT those before you and who help pave the way for the rest!

  • js

    so is birdman intelligent in person and retarded when he writes songs?

  • Muhammad

    That’s what’s wrong with the younger generation. NO Respect….

  • http://www.uvm-firm.com Nono

    LIL KIM is a product of Biggies marketing plan that he gave to her. HE’S THE TRUTH.

  • The one and only Tiara

    First, of all Birdman needs to go back to school and learn how to speak proper english ughhhh… I mean seriously what I read sounds like a herd of cattle going across an open range pure racket. Second, if you are in the music business you are not “grindin” or “hustlin” you are getting paid to sit on your buttocks produce music, go on tours, promote albums, and pray that “we the fans” will pay to listen to your albums… So yeah, Big Boy check your status again. Anyway, as for the beef nobody knows what really happened but God and the people that are in it but Nicki was throwing punches first from what I observed. Then, when Black Friday came out Kim was oh so wrong for defending herself. All of you need to get off the gas. If you think it is cool to disrespect someone and get away with it you all are up for a rude awakening. Sorry, but I got to go with Kim on this one because only stupid people will deny and say that Nicki is not talking bad about Kim in her songs. Also, for the people trying to compare Lady Gaga with Madonna Lady Gaga has her on style and she is running with it she has not copied Madonna “down to a T” so get your priorities straight please and stop trying to compare people with others to prove a point. This whole beef is not about “homage” if you listen to the interviews Kim had she said it is because Nicki and Drake were being childish Kim knows Nicki paid her “homage” but what she is trying to get through so many people’s head is that Nicki should not keep being a disrespectful immature girl that is stealing her ideas and making it seem like she came up with them. Kim Roxx and I love her even though she is not making music like before she has the potential to come back. I don’t see why people like Nicki the only time you can understand her is when she sings and even then she seems like she has down syndrome -lmao-.

  • Bossa Nova

    Oh good God! Lil’ Kim needs to get over it already! Somebody tell her to call the Dalai Lama and make an appointment so she can fix her sorry self.

    First off, when is Lil Kim going to give respect to JOSEPHINE BAKER and GRACE JONES who were here paved the way for HER and they did it without the fake boobs and overdosing on botox!

    Also, the original Queen Bee (Lady Reed in the Dolemite Movies) was not a mistress/sideline ho like Kime, she was a plus-sized MADAM–in other words she was in charge. When is Kim going to pay respect to her?

    BTW, I ‘m no fan of Nicki Minaj, but this is by far the most ridiculous, immature beefs I have heard and read about. Kim you look like a straight fool at 35 years old going after a 20-something year-old. Grow the frack up already!

  • lafon

    you guyz are most dumb… ders nobody who is self made and kim knows it.. and she knows how to pay allegiance to the click dat brought here der.. kim is just a commercial artist no talent. just childish butt crack……. kim is hot nicki is hot but not tight.. i respect both of them