Lil Kim Accuses Nicki Minaj of Stealing Her Sound

Queen B says Harajuku Barbie swagger jacked her style, their rivalry is deeper than rap.

Posted: 05/17/2012 05:43 PM EDT

Lil Kim sat down in the hot seat at Power 105's The Breakfast Club this morning, and the Brooklyn bombshell discussed her current label situation, her beef with Nicki Minaj and more.

In the interview, Kim said that, until recently, she had been barred from releasing new music due to a legal battle with Trackmasters. The former Junior M.A.F.I.A. member said that settling that lawsuit and kick-starting her career as an independent artist has been a challenge.

"At this point in my career, I'm really by myself," she said.

Kim spent much of the interview responding to questions about her much-reported-on beef with Nicki Minaj. According to Kim, her issues with the Young Money artist date back years ago to when she herself was working with Cash Money Records founders Slim and Birdman.

"Me and Slim were friends for four years and we decided that we were going to go into business together" she said. "I was getting ready to become partners with them."

But eventually, music Kim was working on with the Cash Money family went nowhere. Later on, she says she watched as Minaj entered the scene with a vocal and musical style that she claimed had been her idea.

"She started releasing all these records doing her vocals the way I did my vocals," she said. "It was my sound. I brought it to the table."

Kim went on to accuse Minaj of "study[ing] her swag" and being nasty to her whenever the two would cross paths.

Also in the interview, "The Jump Off" rapper discussed her fallout with the Junior M.A.F.I.A. crew. Kim said she wouldn't consider reconciling with the group due to their involvement in her 2005 incarceration for conspiracy and perjury.

"Definitely not. Most of them were the reason that I went to prison," she said. "Why would I be cool with somebody who has no loyalty, no love, no stability, no consistency?"

Kim is currently working on a book about her time behind bars entitled The Price of Loyalty.

Watch her full interview at Power 105.

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