Nicki Minaj’s clan of “Barbz” will probably be coming for rapper T.I. soon. The Atlanta artist recently said that he wouldn’t put Nicki Minaj on his all-time greatest rappers list. Composed of Tip’s 50 favorite rappers, the list was titled “Top50” and included rap veteran Lil Kim over Minaj.

“It’s between Lil’ Kim and Nicki [Minaj],” T.I. said, addressing his peers who were also in the studio. “I don’t think we can have both because they are a direct reflection of one another.”

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 05: Lil’ Kim speaks onstage at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2019 at Cobb Energy Center on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Somebody in the studio added their two cents, saying that without Lil Kim, Minaj wouldn’t be who she is and T.I. agreed. However, he did give Minaj some credit in regard to her ability to sell records.

“She [Nicki] is one of the biggest-selling artists of all time and I salute that. Impact, impact, impact,” Tip said before a discussion regarding creating a “female list” came about.

T.I.’s decision is interesting given that during Nicki Minaj’s rise to stardom she had beef with Lil Kim who previously accused her of stealing her style without paying homage. The beef was so intense that in 2011 Lil Kim dropped an entire mixtape (Black Friday) dedicated to shading Minaj.

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.

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