In the midst of gearing up for the June 15 release of his highly anticipated debut, Drake has elaborated on his recent on-stage defense of label mate Nicki Minaj.
Lil Kim publicly called out Nicki Minaj at a concert last week over a perceived slight of not paying homage. In a subsequent interview with Kendra G, she derided Minaj for failing to create her own distinct identity while appropriating previous Queen Bee imagery.
Drake responded in kind by joining Minaj on stage and proclaiming her to be the best female emcee today, and dismissed Lil Kims comments.
The Young Money star clarified his opinion today and acknowledged Lil Kims influence on Minaj and himself.
Lil Kim is a G in the game. Shes part of an era thats classic, that well never forget as young kids, me and Nicki, Drake told MTV2. You dont have to get on stage and announce your presence and tell people to pay homage. Thats a given. Ive watched Nicki pay homage to her time and time again.
The respect remains for Kims professional accomplishments, but Drake revealed his personal respect for her was damaged by the unprovoked attack on his friend and label mate.
I didnt respect that at all Youre just showing that youre upset, he explained. Nobodys done that to me yet. But I wouldnt expect Jay or Ye to get on stage and be like yo pay homage to me, you need to respect me. They know and command my respect with their music and talent. To me thats a sign that youre just losing it. I really did take that personally .Youre supposed to be a G, and that wasnt G at all.
Nicki Minaj has yet to comment on Kims accusations. Her debut is slated to be released this year.