During an interview with New York radio station Power 105.1’s morning show, The Breakfast Club, “Lip Gloss” rapper and television personality Lil Mama took some shots at fellow femcee Nicki Minaj, again.
When asked about a comment she previously made in which she insinuated the Harajuku Barbie stole her style, Lil Mama tried to keep it PC, saying, “The last time we seen any female MCs before Nicki, there was me… So, it’s just a lot of controversy around being a female in hip-hop. I think our community really focuses on celebrating one female MC at a time, and I think that’s where it comes in the controversy, who stole what style. At the end of the day, I’m talented and there’s only one Lil Mama.”
But, after being attacked by co-host Charlamagne Tha God, who called her names like “The voice of the young scrubbleface” and “little boy,” insinuating she looks old for her age and even manly, Mama felt the urge to defend herself… by going at Nicki once again.
“I’m gonna be me regardless; I’m not changing who I am because of promotion,” she said defensively. “I don’t look at TV and listen to radio and say, ‘Oh, I’m gonna be a hoe now. Oh, I’m gonna do this now. I’m gonna talk like this. I’m gonna get a tattoo that says I’m a doll. I’m gonna get a chain that says I’m a doll. ‘ I’m Lil mama, till the day I die, period. “
“That’s another stab at Nicki,” host DJ Envy said, to which Mama confirmed by responding, “Gun shot.”
Mama even got a little teary-eyed when speaking about her own struggles, including recording her one and only album, 2008’s Voice of the Young People, while her mother fought a losing battle with Cancer.
“I’ve taken a step away from music already,” she said. “I’m getting back into the music now. My music will speak for itself. When I was 17-years-old, I put out an album while my mother was dying of cancer. That right there alone is a struggle. That’s hard. That’s tough for anybody. But, my music will speak for itself. My action will speak for itself. My mother will be proud; my father will be proud. And at the end of the day, no one can stop me.”
Lil Mama also added that regardless of her ill feelings towards Nicki, she does feel a sense of joy when another “young woman, especially a minority,” becomes successful.
“I am happy… At the end of the day…I admire and respect that.” —Mariel Concepcion