Lil Mama: “I’m Flattered Nicki Minaj Imitates Me”

Published: Thursday 16th Jun 2011 by Sam

The legendary Lil’ Mama wants you to know just how legendary she is in a recent interview with VIBE. The femcee, whose illustrious career has spawned hits such as ‘Lip Gloss’ and… ‘Lip Gloss’, opens up about Nicki Minaj copying her style, Missy Elliott and Lil’ Kim feeling threatened by her, being respected and more.

Check out what the ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’ judge had to say after the jump…

I think the biggest style criticism was thrown at you this past MTV Movie Awards. Bunch of people thought you jacked Nicki’s haircut.

But my cut is blunt and futuristic and Nicki Minaj started wearing that bob on her head after she came to my show, so at the end of the day I know what I do and I know what I possess and I know who I am. I’m a trendsetter. The biggest form of flattery is imitation so I’m flattered. I understand the universal law. I’m not confused, I don’t feel like a follower. I started so many things that new artists are doing now anyway –my style, the way I’m aggressive on a track, the way I come through, the way my beat bangs. There are so many things that were borrowed, that I influenced that’s happening in music right, so I’m far from discouraged.

Well there you go. Wait, Nicki through to one went to one of your shows?

Yeah, she was a guest on America’s Best Dance Crew and immediately afterwards, everywhere she went, she was wearing the haircut, the same exact way. But that doesn’t make me feel like ‘Oh she’s trying to be down’ like how I said about our culture. I’m actually flattered because she imitated me and it felt like something that I was doing was cute and in time for the fashion and for the season, so it’s like let’s live, let’s do it.

When I first interviewed you back in the day, you mentioned how other female rappers didn’t embrace you much. Has that changed or stayed the same?

It hasn’t really changed. You know what, let me catch myself. MC Lyte definitely embraces me. Jada Pinkett Smith embraces me. Those are two people that I can call and get advice. Those are two people that will call me to see what I’m doing. I think that everybody else that’s still on the radar like Missy and [Lil] Kim, feel so challenged right now. The root of female rap now is all about your swag and doing things independently. Everything is just boosted up to where these females who created the platform for us feel imitated. The kind of in that position right now where they feel like ‘Don’t get it twisted because I will drag you…’

Ha! Were you and Nicki at least able to chop it up after her episode of ABDC?

We didn’t really get a chance to vibe out like that after the show. It was just business. It was a level of respect though. Despite of what anybody might hear or have to say through the web, internet, music, subliminals, or whatever, when people see me in this industry I am respected and I will be respected. Anything else goes under the rug so I don’t see it. Whoever it may be, it’s always a level of respect because I respect myself and I will be respected. {Source}

She just so iconic.

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  1. The Perrylicious is taking over… June 16, 2011

    Who is this s***?
    Nicki Minaj slays!

  2. Yurges June 16, 2011

    I think LIL MAMA has no problem saying how she feels + i love NICKI but i feel like every female rapper shes come across she meets then disses them like LIL MAMA & LIL KIM and prob others. i still love em all tho!

  3. Venessa June 16, 2011

    MOVIN ON…#TEAMKINGB #4 #June28!!!!


    FOLLOW ME!!!

  4. ada June 16, 2011

    she is right and shes not blamin nicki about imitate her its just about hair style this is normal and lil mama is better mc than nicki at least she doesnt talk about her ass everytime

  5. loumorgan June 16, 2011

    Wait a minute!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ok never mind

  6. ChrisJ June 16, 2011

    i seriously died when she said I’m a trendsetter..LIL MAMA NEEDS TO HAVE A SIT IN SEVERAL ARENAS

  7. tonney minah June 16, 2011

    lil mama jst chill it happens… nikki is far hot 4this.

  8. Thedimplepuppet June 16, 2011

    ***Her eyes are pretty***

  9. tonney minah June 16, 2011

    lil mama dats hot……bt nikki is hottest

  10. Christian June 16, 2011

    She had to have been drunk when she did this interview. LMFAO!!!!

  11. Malibu Barbie June 16, 2011

    I NOTICE that, anyone who tells the truth is branded a HATER. Anyone who lies and dickrides are bad b******… the truth is coming out about Nicki, shes manipulative ,cunning and evil. 1. shes the biggest swagger jacker in the industry right now 2. she planned it so Lil Kim would look like the hater and shed look like the new artist playing victim, im tired of her, i wish Lil Mama would come out wid suum and destroy that CLOWN..shes not a barbie but a clown and shes f****** up female rap. cuz in the future we are going to get more clowns, and hip-hop will be known as the circus

  12. The Perrylicious is taking over… June 16, 2011

    Last Friday Night T.G.I.F #1 on iTunes!!!

    Last Friday Night T.G.I.F #1 on iTunes!!!

    Last Friday Night T.G.I.F #1 on iTunes!!!

    Last Friday Night T.G.I.F #1 on iTunes!!!

    Last Friday Night T.G.I.F #1 on iTunes!!!

    Last Friday Night T.G.I.F #1 on iTunes!!!

    Last Friday Night T.G.I.F #1 on iTunes!!!

    Katy Perry slays!!!! 5th #1??? 😀

  13. CheerfuL Cynic XD June 16, 2011

    B**** BYE

  14. KING BEY!!! & QUEEN KATY!!! June 16, 2011






  15. KING BEY!!! & QUEEN KATY!!! June 16, 2011




  16. BAA June 16, 2011

    HARPO “WHO DIS WOMAN”! HARPO SAYS “HELL I DONT KNOW”! Anyway this chick seems to be speaking the truth about Nicki but she needs to GTFOH with those trendsetters comments. GIRL BYE! LIL KIM QUEEN BEE >>>>>>>>>>>>>> every female rapper

  17. kody3x June 16, 2011

    team minaj mad as hell at teambreezy because they cant win a fandemonium challenge

  18. lILMAMAMAMA June 16, 2011

    5 lil mama you a 3 star ………………………THE END

  19. trueme June 16, 2011

    Seriously i love art but the upcoming beyonce albums sucks badly!! Plus it was leaked one week ago and a looot of people got it and didnt like it!!

    Im not a hater because im a fan..but just not of this album!!

    Katy perry is doing good and shes topping the charts and in the words of rihanna :Numbers are real”

    So B needs to go relax a bite and work on a REAL true art album and give us some hits!! because even with the “I miss you” and “I care” and ” Girls”…the album will not top the charts!!

  20. st June 16, 2011

    @ MALIBU BARBIE, their is nothing under this planet that is new and for the copying issue i think lil mama copied Nicki but instead of acceping that she is a Nicki wannabe ,she just turns around.Am extremelly happy that Nicki dont engage in all yhis buffonery but on this that make sense so lil mama keeping making noise .And if i were you i will looking for record deal first befor all this nosense.

  21. Genesis June 16, 2011

    @TrueMe Why Yu People Are Soo Pressed About Number 1 Songs and Albums.?? Katy Perry Had 2 Number One Songs Wen Her Album Dropped It Sold Less Than 200K The First Week.. Rihanna Was The Same and She Sold A Lil Over 200k.. Beyonce Dnt Need To Rule The Hot100 Charts To Have A Number 1 Album.. Her Album Pre-Order Sales Surpassed 200K Already.. So Wen Tht Album Do Drop Its Str8 To Number 1… Since Wen ITunes Defined A 15+ Year Career.??

  22. OSO June 16, 2011

    you’re a flop b****!
    I still don’t get it, who is she tho !? why is she a judge, she knows nothing! and can do nothing!
    LIL MAMA you’re a nothing! end of

  23. SAINT June 16, 2011

    CHILD PUUUHHHLLLEEEAAASSE!!! What the hell is this girl talking about? Didnt she get her style from Justin Bieber? This girl cracks me up. I dont think Nicki or Kim for that matter would shop in the Lil Tyke’s section of JC Penny’s… Come on now…

  24. Bey’knight June 16, 2011


    What the hell has beyonce’s album got to do with this post? Ur a fan yet ur comparing the album content to katy n riri’s chart positions? So only albums preceeded by number 1 singles are good. “the album wont top the charts” wow with a fan like u why would beyonce need haters

  25. jasmine June 16, 2011

    i seriously laughed! i don’t f*** with Nicki but come on now, atleast she’s doing MORE with her career. and to say that Missy is threatened by her…newflash: Missy paved the way for your wack ass, she’s has nothing left to prove to anyone! ugh. girl you had one song that came out like 3 years ago. now you stuck judging a dance show cuz your music career ain’t s***. sit all the way down.


    @Lil Mama Imitation IS the most sincere form of flattery BUT other than the fact that you are two NYC girls who rap,what do you REALLY have in common?????

    @Kody3x TeamBarbz or TeamChris can have that award!Most of Gaga’s Monsters Don’t watch BET at all.(other than 106 I don’t REALLY watch bet.)

  27. NICK June 16, 2011

    this is too funny, lord bless her little heart….

  28. kody3x June 16, 2011

    @extreme hate is a disease naw we aint having nothing we take it


    lol ok if you say so…….


    I dont think Nicki or
    Kim for that matter would shop in the Lil Tyke’s
    section of JC Penny’s… Come on now…

  31. Kringle June 16, 2011

    lil Mama…was “on 1” lol
    ….Best Buy went Bankrupt so they working with Apple to give away these $1,000 giftcards for ANYTHING Apple at their store!! I use 2 emails & got

  32. Y’all are too fake June 16, 2011

    “She came to my show”. Lmao!!!!!
    ABDC is Randy Jackson’s show. Lil Mama is delusional. She still lives in an apartment. LMAO . At least Nicki has a House!

  33. nemo June 16, 2011

    she needs to wipe her mouth, cuz shiz is the only thing that is coming out.
    that bob doo, nicki wore it green and in dancing with the stars, meaning, way before she went to “her” show.

  34. jay June 16, 2011

    oh please lil mama is a one hit wonder, she aint got s*** on nikki or any othe female rapper!!

  35. TM June 16, 2011


  36. BeyondGossip.Com June 16, 2011

    Is she being serious with this ish…i have no more to say. Have commented about this already but only just seen the full article…WATEVES lil Mama. Even if it’s true don’t say it out like that, geez sounds a lil pathetic to be honest!

  37. JER June 16, 2011

    Yal need to check your s***. Lil’ Mama was doin it years before Nicki Minaj came on the scene. Nicki Minaj has been in the business for… minutes at this point. You tween stans are pathetic. Everything your favs do is slaying. epic. epic. wigs snatched. iconic. legendary. flawless. when it’s actually BASIC

  38. CheckYoFacts June 16, 2011

    This is an easy allegation to confirm. Find a picture of Nicki wearing the wig BEFORE she attended ABDC. Yall know Nicki doesn’t have style. Look at her old mixtapes, jeans and tees were all she wore. Nicki even admitted to an interviewer that all of her alter-egos have style but Onicka doesn’t have style.

    And if that doesn’t prove that she bites everybody style, notice how she SIMPLY CANNOT WALK IN HEELS, meaning she was never the fly chick.

  39. Misfit June 16, 2011

    Umm, since when are these Halloween wigs, being rocked “haircuts”. All the broads wearing these things on their heads are irrelevant to me.

    Especially, this one talking all this s***. Delusions run amuck for all of them…..

  40. Queen Beyonce Stann June 16, 2011

    Umm… NO!
    The Only Hot Songs She Ever Had Were Lip Gloss & Shawty Get Lose That’s It!
    She’s A Has NEVER Been :(!
    I Don’t Like Nicki That Much Anymore, But Nicki >>> Lil Mama


  41. queenbey will always s*** on ur fave and leave them no option but 2 pout June 16, 2011


  42. gio88 June 16, 2011


  43. GaGa Forever June 16, 2011

    I hate Nicki manji with passion Nicki just die you w**** lil Mama please lil Kim and missy are who you Not f***** with

  44. SWEETY NATALIE (A.K.A. ICON) June 16, 2011


    This non factor needs take a billion seats. How delusional can this person get? Nicki would and will never “imitate” her. Did Nicki come out with an album cover like this: I don’t think so I don’t where she is coming from.

    Seriously she is so pathetic and desperate for attention. She’s the wackest female rapper ever. She needs to realize she will always be a NEVERBEEN.

  45. mimi June 16, 2011

    First of all this article calling lil mama “legendary” is offense. WHAT IN THE WORLD HAS SHE DONE THAT IS SO GREAT?!?! lil mama you tired with your lip gloss single and that was good back in 07, but we’re in 2011 now and we yet haven’t heard a damn song from you and to be honest we don’t so stick to best Americas dance crew and keep it cute.

  46. Tamz June 16, 2011

    .************************FLATLINE***************************************** WHAT A DIRTY LITTLE LIAR!!!!!!

  47. Tamz June 16, 2011


  48. lola June 16, 2011

    LIl Mama is sitting on a stank a** high horse. Who the hell are you? People only know you from that one night at the VMAS when you crashed Jay’s and Alicia’s performance! They haven’t forgiven you sense! You are a nobody! While Nicki worked with your favorite legends, Jay-Z, Kanye, Eminem, and Mariah Carey, you were dreaming of making it big! You are not a trendy setter and nobody’s checking for your wack a**! Sit down already.


    Who hasnt nicki copied

  50. aisha June 16, 2011

    whatever. has been. attention seeking W****!

  51. The Man June 16, 2011

    Lil Mama should be seated on every seat at “ABDC”. She’s just talking to hear herself talk. Yapping like she has arrived. Lil Mama >>>>>>>>>>

  52. aisha June 16, 2011

    lol Sam @ “she so iconic”! she’s so full of herself! and why should the other female rappers embrace her? she’s just a one hit wonder! whatever! people smh.

  53. JokesDOTnet June 16, 2011

    Lmao I laughed so hard reading this. i don’t know whats up with these one hit wonders these days thinking they did something good for the game but its pathetic.

  54. Esther_minajfan June 16, 2011

    Nicki gon slay this lil mama h**!! She gon s*** on her!! Nd imma b right here waitin 4 tha day u get squashed!! Hahahahahaha.. Roman! Roman! Whr u @? Dis nappy headed h** mistakin u 4 her mutha!!

  55. Yellow Gorillah June 16, 2011

    She is delusional

    but she look real god in the picture above

  56. mobwife……..baa!! June 16, 2011

    Jada Pinkett Smith embraces me….WAIT..WHAT? Since when is this fake chick an EMCEE?? LOL…Anyway Lil Mama this was colorful and cute! I remember when Nicki came for you out of the blue a few yrs back now she’s running around wearing your same cropped do…LOL! Don’t feel bad boo boo, she jacked Lil Kim’s entire swag and tried to pretend she invented something! …….DELUSIONAL….. and very sad!

  57. SunshineHaze June 16, 2011

    Awe Boo Hoo.

  58. mobwife……..baa!! June 16, 2011


    June 16, 2011 at 1:06 pm
    @Kody3x TeamBarbz or TeamChris can have that award!Most of Gaga’s Monsters Don’t watch BET at all.(other than 106 I don’t REALLY watch bet.)

    The Fan Award is part of BET’s106 and Park program!! Lady Gaga should never have been nominated! This is the same crap they tried to pull last year with Justin Bieber! Its BET ( BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION) for Christ sakes! They should have nominated Rihanna, Trey Songz, Lloyd, Lil Wayne, etc. This is award show is different from the Grammy’s, AMA or the VMAs <— who no longer even recognizes R&B as a video category.

  59. LOVE HER June 16, 2011

    @Lil Mama

    Gaga wants her Wig back, dont go through the Old Papparazzi Set from two years ago to steal clothes. Not Cute.

  60. mobwife……..baa!! June 16, 2011

    I am completely DISGUSTED at #TEAMNICKIMINAJ’s behavior! The horrible things they said on twitter after it became clear that #TEAMBREEZY had won the fan challenge! I mean talk about poor sorry A$$ LOSERS! It’s just one contest and there is always next year! Neither (Chris nor Nicki) will win ever award that they are up for but to carry on as her fans have done is just DISGUSTING! Move on!

    I doubt if Beyonce wins this year but I’m not mad at whoever wins Best Female Artist even if its Rihanna ( <— Damn, even I can't believe I just said that…LOL!). I do think that Keyshia Cole should have been nominated although I am not a fan. In any event, the ones who were nominated worked for that nomination (Marshia, Keri, etc). May the best person win in ever category!!

  61. v June 16, 2011

    Btw nicki wore a short BLOND bob in the mariah carey video ” up out my face ” and that was way over a year ago and also nicki wore a short green bob on “dancing with the stars” both of those was b4 she went on lil mama’s show so ..lil MAN is so delusional and another thing way the HELL would two rap icons be intimidated by so girl who made a ” lip gloss” song then dissappeared this girl needs to sit down

    and another thing NICKI never dissed lil mama she even said the 5 star verse had nothing to do with her …nicki was saying ” lil mama” in songs when she was underground long b4 anybody even knew who lil mama was plus nicki said why would she beef with a LITTLE GIRL

  62. mobwife……..baa!! June 16, 2011

    June 16, 2011 at 6:31 pm
    @Lil Mama

    Gaga wants her Wig back, dont go through the Old Papparazzi Set from two years ago to steal clothes. Not Cute.

    LOL……and MADONNA wants Lady Gaga’s head on a stick for running through her old video sets and music catelog!! 🙂

  63. v June 16, 2011

    @CHECKYOFACTS ….HELLO nicki wore a short green bob on dancing with the stars that was like 2 MONTHS b4 she went on lil mama show and nicki had on a SHORT blond Bob in the mariah carey ” up out my face ” video and that was over a year and 1/2 ago ….#lookitup

    you seem very pressed

    lil mama is wronf PERIOD and nicki doesnt talk about her ASS all the time must not even listen to nicki

  64. SmoothCriminal June 16, 2011

    mobwife……..baa!! why are you being so one sided and Bias,both sides was going at each other,so why are you knocking one said,you are so bias.

  65. SmoothCriminal June 16, 2011

    V malibu barbie do hear Nicki songs,she just love to fabicate stuff to tear down nicki minaj,people who knows what going on knows that she run on every nicki post and talk cr2p.

  66. shay June 16, 2011

    ok i ve been watching a few of these female artist videos and they is trippin for nuthin cause i can’t see nicki’s so called imitations in any of lil kim’s music nicki is mad crazy and weird and the people love it plus her rhymes are sick and lil mama needs to sit back and shut up cause really what does she really do only song she good for was lip gloss. i say let nicki do her thing and lil kim stop hatin cause nicki’s on top now

  67. The Naked Truth June 16, 2011


  68. Lea June 16, 2011

    @SHAY Go look at Lil Kim’s “The Jump Off”,”No Matter what they Say”,”Crush On You”,and “How many licks” videos if you want to see how Nicki copied Kim.

  69. Layla June 16, 2011

    @SmoothCriminal Nicki Minaj is a fraud.She disses female rappers then make them look like haters when they diss her back.

  70. Curtains June 16, 2011


  71. Riana June 16, 2011

    WOW Son…Lol Mama just made herself look mad stupid with that one. LMAO, nobody checking for her and she ain’t trending nothing but looking like a man. Nicki slaying while Manny’s lip gloss done snap crackled and popped itself into nothing.

    Gotta say past being unashamedly wiggy and dressing like a video ho for a hot minute Nicki and Kim ain’t similar. K has her own rough rapping style and is very sexual and serious, while N is goofy, does voices and has more fun with it. Wish I knew where all this swag was being jacked. Kim didn’t invent dressing like a ho and her style and flavor isn’t anything like Nicki. I like both and neither one is the VOICE of hip hop. I like both.

    But Lil Manny lost her damn mind putting herself in league with Missy, Nicki, or Kim. Beauty Lane is having a sale Lil Man go pick yoself up some more .99 cent lipgloss!

  72. African( Senegal ) loooove breezy!!!!!! June 16, 2011

    June 16, 2011 at 6:31 pm
    @Lil Mama

    Gaga wants her Wig back, dont go through the Old Papparazzi Set from two years ago to steal clothes. Not Cute.

    _Hahahahaha… i’m just …hahaha… LMFAO!!!

  73. nice_gurl June 16, 2011

    She’s definitely got a big ego. She thinks she’s better than every other female rapper, yet she’s on the same level as others.

  74. 16 inches of my own hair June 17, 2011

    UMM Lil Mama first of all you have never stepped out looking nothing like the pic above and it still was a #FAIL… i cant lie you hav gorgeous eyes but thats it… Your music wa wack you flopped and why your on ABDC i still dont understand… I mean i think influences and biting peoles styles are completely dfferent…I mean are we really talking about wigs… I LOL when people make comparissons regarding hair and especially hair thats purchased.. i mean not everybody can be blesssed with 16 inches of natural thick hair like myself *runs hands thru hair* i wrap my hair with morrocan oil every night and my hair has grown 7 inches in 3 months so im LMAO that peope are talking about fake hair *shakes head*… back to topic….everybody goin in but honestly EVERY rapper in the game has been influenced by another… NOBODY in the game is the original unfortunately… And when i see Nicki i see something that i have never seen before in rap music… I mean i cant knock Kim i love me some Kim too and have been a fan of hers for years but i dont see Kim when i look at Nicki… all i see is that Kim influenced her but ultimately Nicki has paved her own lane in the industry and is deserving of everything she has… Lil Mama is delusional as hell is she thinks Kim and Missy are intimidated by her i mean honestly i would think that she would have need to make some type of impact in the music game and honestly she didnt… People just dont like Nicki and will do and say whatever to bring her down but honestly Nicki is tha truth although she may not be as lyrically talented as Kim, Im still rocking wit Nicki because she does something for female artist that ive never seen before… i mean rapping to pop beats and being versitile i mean she can hop on the track with hardcore rappers and kill the track but sh can also hop on a track wit britney spears and still kill the track thats versitility and to be a “successful” artist in the game today you need to be versitile… Nicki brings versitility like no other female rapper ever has… so if were talking about nicki biting anybodies swagg it wouldnt be Kims, Eve, Trinas, Diamonds, Foxy, Remy, it would be Missy… Missy is the only artist that i feel Nicki has bitten off of and honestly if you read Missy’s thoughts about Nicki, Missy loves Nicki Minaj and said that Nicki reminds her of herself… SO BOOM Lil Mama sit down its funny how you can be the biggest celebrity in your own head but in the heads of others your nothng… “My lipgloss is poppin my lipgloss is koo” no “your lipgloss is flopping your lipgloss is boo”… STFD and judge them dancers… S/N its sad that your a female rapper and your only known as a judge on a dancing show… it looks like the music game already sat you down… have a nice day MWAAHHHHHH

  75. VA STAND UP!! June 17, 2011

    LMAO at ‘The Legendary Lil Mama’! BWhahahahahahahahaha! Sam you a fool for that one! Between you & ……. I don’t know who has the best shade! Lol!

    Anywho, I think LIl Mama is adorable for some reason. She reminds me of Bow Wow, not talking about looks but cause she clearly believes in herself! She may not be the most successful artist out right

    I actually think Lil Mama has a nice flow & can be successful in the industry. She definitely has a unique look, that attracts attention. She’s young so their is still time for her. I don’t know why people hate on her so much. *shrugs*

  76. loves1embrace June 17, 2011

    I love that Lil Mama actually believes this b*******! #Delusional

  77. Shawn152 June 17, 2011

    Seriously ??? Missy is the biggest selling female rapper of all time why the HELL would she be pressed about a one “Minor” hit wonder ? Girl go sit yo’ ass in a corner somewhere !

  78. AshhNIce June 17, 2011

    BOOOOOO B****!
    Lil Mama Is WHACK -_____-

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