Timbaland and Swizz Beatz’s Verzuz series is at times a good-natured, fan-pleasing celebration of hits between icons, or it can be where two music industry enemies with lingering tension between them do verbal battle or attempt to hash shit out. Anyone who loves microphone-based drama probably tunes in to Verzuz for the second reason. And those people will be very glad to hear that Lil Kim has made it known she’d be 100% down to do a Verzuz battle, and she wants it to be against her longtime rap foe Nicki Minaj.
Lil Kim has never appeared on Verzuz, and the Much Music-obsessed teen in me would ascend to Heaven if I got a Verzuz between Lil Kim and Foxy Brown. But Lil Kim probably wouldn’t agree to a showdown with Foxy. Lil Kim is adamant it be with Nicki Minaj. Kim appeared at the BET Awards last night (she was there to perform a tribute to the BET Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Queen Latifah). Complex says that while Lil Kim was walking the red carpet, she was asked if she would ever do a Verzuz. She’s obviously been thinking about this, because she quickly and confidently answered, “Yes. Yes.” When asked if there’s anyone she would do it against, or if she would just be happy to agree to sign up, she said: “Nicki.” Oh, so she does know who Nicki is? Interesting. Lil Kim wouldn’t commit further, but she did agree that she’d love to see it happen.
— Nicki Minaj Access 🦄 (@AccessMinaj) June 27, 2021
Lil Kim and Nicki’s (often one-sided) feud goes back years, with Lil Kim declaring Nicki Minaj to be a blatant rip-off of Nicki Minaj. That’s not to say this possible Verzuz would end with someone getting mad enough to pounce claws-out, and cause plastic surgeons everywhere to get concerned over how much reconstructive work will be needed. A few years ago, Lil Kim hinted that she doesn’t hate Nicki nearly as much as has been reported, saying she wished people would stop asking her about Nicki, and that Nicki deserved her own recognition. So a Verzuz between these two could actually be a very entertaining show. There’s a chance that Onika will try to murder Kimberly with her verse from “Monster.” But then Lil Kim can always come back and win it by calling in a special guest: Cardi B’s shoe!
Here’s more of Lil Kim at the BET Awards last night.