Without further adieu, these are my reasons why I think Nicki won Round 1.
1) Punchline Quality – While Kim had some pretty interesting lines in “Black Friday”, the lines are NOT the same quality we are used to. The lyrics were sub par compared to the things we’ve heard. Nicki’s elementary rhymes beat Kim’s lackluster rhymes down the block and back again. I must say, whoever Nicki’s ghostwriter is came with it, while Kim’s sat this one out.
2) Timing – Roman’s Revenge, named for Nicki’s alter ego Roman Zolanski, hit about three weeks ago, give or take. Why did Kim wait so long?
3) Production Quality – Really, Kim? Why does it sound like you did this track in a closet? Or someone’s bathroom.
4) Track Usage – Why on EARTH did you use such an old track? Why? Why? WHY? I would have murdered her on one of HER TRACKS! The only track to use that is “older” that would have been acceptable would have been Ether.
5) Promotion – Yes, at its peak, #LilKimBlackFriday was the number one trending topic in the United States, but baby girl, you are signed with THE ROC. The DIAMOND. Use that diamond action to push this single. Why were people begging radio stations to play the track? Radio stations should have already had it. Trust me. They had Roman’s Revenge WAY before it hit Youtube or Twitter.
6) Lack of backing – Brian “Baby” Williams has been interviewed, and has given several quotes on why Lil’ Kim “asked for the beef”. Where is your CEO Kim? Where the eff is Jay Z? Why is NOONE from the Roc speaking?
7) Reasoning – While I TOTALLY understand Kim’s problem with Nicki, she has to understand the crowd that she’s dealing with now. Real shit, people nowadays don’t even want to pay homage to their parents, so they don’t understand why you want Nicki to pay homage to you. They see Nicki as a trendsetter, and have no desire to look into the past to see WHY Nicki can even get away with saying or doing the things she’s saying.
8) Timing (part two) – Many people think that “rap beef” is so 1990s. Simple as that. That’s due to lack of understanding of the nature of Hip Hop.
9) Absence – Keeping it EXTREMELY funky, Kim has been gone a while. The Naked Truth was released in 2005 and was considered a flop by many, even thought it earned Kim FIVE MICS. After a year long stint in jail, we were expecting Kim to come out with something as soon as she hit the street. But alas. She was, admittedly, forgotten about.
10) Fan Base – Kim’s fan base is a bit older now. Keep in mind, Hard Core came out when I was 11 years old. Now I’m 25. I want to hear something better. More mature. No matter how we feel about Nicki, she does keep her fan base guessing.
Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE Kim. I’ll bump all of Kim’s music before I bump Nicki’s. But babygirl, you know how the industry is. Your true fans are rooting for you, but that doesn’t mean you can put out crap and we back you. Go hard or go home babygirl. It’s that simple.
Just because you lost a battle don’t mean you lost the war 🙂