Drake on Lil Kim’s Nicki Minaj Diss: “That’s a sign that you’re just losing it.”

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 Kim’s comments.

The Young Money star clarified his opinion today and acknowledged Lil Kim’s influence on Minaj and himself.

“Lil Kim is a G in the game. She’s part of an era that’s classic, that we’ll never forget as young kids, me and Nicki,” Drake told MTV2. “You don’t have to get on stage and announce your presence and tell people to pay homage. That’s a given. I’ve watched Nicki pay homage to her time and time again.”

The respect remains for Kim’s professional accomplishments, but Drake revealed his personal respect for her was damaged by the unprovoked attack on his friend and label mate.

“I didn’t respect that at all…You’re just showing that you’re upset,” he explained. “Nobody’s done that to me yet. But I wouldn’t 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 that’s a sign that you’re just losing it. I really did take that personally….You’re supposed to be a G, and that wasn’t G at all.”

Nicki Minaj has yet to comment on Kim’s accusations. Her debut is slated to be released this year.