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Hip-Hop Rumors: Ice T Says Nicki Minaj "Ain't No Lil' Kim"


Ice T is a real life rap veteran and gave some really interesting thoughts on the current state of Hip-Hop in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. In the interview, Ice T gives his two-cents on the Nicki Minaj Pop Vs. Hip-Hop debate, and he has a pretty good take on it. While Ice gave Nicki props for doing things her own way and even compared her to a female Busta Rhymes, it looks like Ice is riding with Lil’ Kim on this one. Check out a portion of his interview below:

“I think it’s all “real hip-hop.” You have the core hip-hop, which would just be beats and breaks, more something like what you hear with DJ Premier. Then you get into the more highly produced hip-hop, which is something like what DJ Khaled does. But at some point, it starts to get kind of pop. It goes into this other realm,” Ice explained. “Nicki went on tour with Britney Spears, so she’s on another channel. But to me, it all comes from hip-hop; it’s like a growth of hip-hop, whether you agree with that growth or not. Like me, I’m not the biggest Nicki Minaj fan but I think she can rhyme. She does her thing. She has her own way of doing it. She has an ill vocal delivery. She kind of reminds me of a female Busta Rhymes, like how she throws her voice in different directions – but she’s no Lil Kim. I think when people say “real hip-hop,” they want it more buried in the streets. They want it more connected to the streets and the grime and the roughness of the streets. They don’t want the fluff.”

So is Ice T calling Nicki Minaj’s music fluff? What do you think? Do you agree with him?

  • 2twelve

    that street shit play out doe i mean how many streets record can you make that street stuff wouldnt get her on tour with britney spears making millions coming on ellen

    • street shit will never play out bro…she’s just in another lane

  • Nemesis_Enforcer

    I absolutely agree. People say Nicki is the female weezie but I’ve seen her more so referred to as a female Busta Rhymes.

    ANd she’s definitely pop.

  • junj03

    Lace with more BS “rumors” again. She has to be stopped by the AHH staff, enough with this BS

  • Soulgasm

    He’s not calling ALL of her music “fluff”.  He’s calling the pop portion of it, “fluff”.  I would have to agree with everything he says in this article.  She can mos def spit with the best of em, but she chose to expand her craft.  I’m not a fan of her expansion, but I’m not knocking her ways either.

  • Chrisblackusa

    yoooo!!!! where is the news on lou banger of d block getting murked in the bmw with 2 other dudes in harlem the other day,,,,,

    • I heard about the three dudes gettin popped in the BMW in Harlem but I didnt hear it was him. Actually…I dont even know who Lou Banga is!

    • thuglifefukdapolice

      WHO THE HELL IS LOU BANGERS

  • She has her moments but where is Kim? Banks is about the best thing going right now. Holla!

    • “Banks” who? lol

      • Herp Derp Banks Who….

        Azealia Banks Beeyotch

      • herpe derpe banks … she is LAME

    • Anthonyd Smith

      She trash

  • Nicki-minaj is HIP-POP…any ngga who says she’s real hip-hop doesn’t know real hip-hop.

  • I agree with everything Ice T said.

  • for the 10th time! none of these women rappin right now better than RapSody or Jean Grae! PERIOD! now thats hip hop no matter the gender of those 2!

    • Rapsody and Jean Grae are the truth! They are too hip-hop and will never be appreciated!

  • hip hop sounds more like electronica now.

  • Pierre Elliott

    NIGGAS IS FLUFF…… EVEN BUSSA BUSS IS FLUFF NOW…ALL OF IT.
    IT DONT HAVE TO BE IGNORANT AND DUMB, GIVE ME SUBSTANCE.

    • red light…. stop… yellow light slow down…. green light    GO GO GO GO GO hahahahahahah  shit is horrible

  • RETURN OF CONSCIOUS RAP IS NEEDED!

  • Pierre Elliott

    Street Sounding Hip-Hop is: Hard, soulful, intelligent. Fun, real silly, but in the end, again: REAL
    and on the flip side, street hip hop is BLACK PEOPLES music, and the SPANISH who love support and create it. But some where someone said that having SOUL was wrong.
    And this applies to ALL MUSIC. Its been changed broken down to lowest common denominator.

    Because REAL MUSIC inspires, thats why with all thats going on, NONE OF THE MUSIC
    that is released commercially, speaks to the average or everyday person.

    This is what is used to control and brainwash blacks and hispanics and  whites.
    ANd if you are YOURSELF and DIFFERENT, theres something WRONG with YOU.

    • Pierre Elliott

      This is what is used to keep a TRUE REVOLUTION from happening.
      They dont want someone to write another: Whats Goin On? Why?

      Because they feel and know that this time, they might be a riot in every city in this country, world and province. 

      The ones that control media are all apart of this plan to diminish and suppress.

      • exactly…. why jayz teaming up for wireless power nation….

  • Pierre Elliott

    Way back in the beginning when humanity first began.
    There were a group of beings and they had a plan.

    To keep humanity subservient, by using media money and protocol.
    And then they used month cycles, to keep us caught.
    By diminishing individualism and inner thought.

    And if you think everything is really f*cked up now.
    Watch , as it TRULY goes down…

    JADEON ASCAP Copyright 2012 All Rights Reserved. 

    INSANE RELICK, Lyrics from Debut single “Myself “

  • I miss when you could listen to a song and relate it to ya own experience/life. people want to be connected to the music. it needs to resonate with people, not just make them wanna dance…

    • ugggggggh nicki showed so much potential… shud never have got w CASH MONEY  ; (  her music career is OVER

      • StinkPinkGators313

        Ymcmb and MMG are destroying what hip-hop truly stood for. They keep signing artists with promise(Nicki,Wale,Stalley) and crank the pop up to 3000%. No such thing as artistic integrity anymore…unless you sign to G.O.O.D. Music or Rock Nation(same difference)

  • He’s 100% right.

  • People want 1 of 2 things (or Both)  from hip hop. To hear a good story, and/or to hear someone has been down the same road and made it. so I cant relate or want to hear about “star ships” that’s some history channel area 51 shit.

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  • $27375470

    Ice T aint never lied ! i respect people who still keep it hip-hop no matter what !! too many dickriders

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  • Tee

    Yes I agree.

  • Ice-T is right. She is no Lil Kim. Lil Kim was a trendsetter. When she first came out, hip-hop had never seen anything like her. Nicki borrowed elements and became more than just a hip-hop artist. She became a brand. Walk into K Mart and her clothes greet you at the door. So he’s right. she is no Lil Kim. She’s Nicki Minaj. Why would she wanna be Lil Kim at this point?.

    • MSGRANDBITCH

      *** THAT’S WHO NICKI MINAJ WANTS TO BE OR BE LIKE… LIL’KIM THE REAL QUEEN BEE & QUEEN OF RAP !!! SHE JUST HATES TO ADMIT IT , BUT IT’S VERY CLEAR…!!! THEY WONNA BE… THE QUEEN BEE… , BUT THEY CAN’T BE . THAT’S WHY THEY’RE MAD AT KIMMIE !!! ***

  • Rachel la Vie

    Ice-T is right. Lil Kim paved the way & still is a player in the rap game. I don’t understand why there needs to be competition. There is enough money & fans out there for both of them. Being humble is a sign of strength & confidence. Cruelty shows weakness.

  • MSGRANDBITCH

    *** THAT’S RIGHT… LIL’KIM IS THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME… FEMALE RAPPER ! LIL’KIM IS A LYRICAL GENIUS , THE MOST INFLUENTIAL FEMALE RAPPER , THE MOST COPIED & ENVIED FEMALE RAPPER ! LIL’KIM IS NICKI MINAJ’S IDOL & IT’S VERY SAD THAT NICKI MINAJ STARTED ALL THAT DRAMA WITH KIM WHILE COPYING KIM’S STYLES . NICKI DIDN’T NEED TO DO THAT . ***