Lil Kim isn't the only one complaining about Nicki Minaj's swagger jacking. When asked whether or not her new blond bob with bangs cut was inspired by Minaj, rapper and America's Best Dance Crew judge Lil Mama told Vibe that she didn't copy Nicki, that it was actually the other way around.
"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," she explained. "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."
Lil Mama goes on to reconfirm her assumption that Minaj copied the cut after her guest appearance on ABDC.
"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," she continued. "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."
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