Lil Wayne fired shots at Jay-Z during a pre-Grammy party, while Nicki Minaj dropped the ball at the 2012 Grammy Awards. Lil’ Kim took the opportunity to attack the Harajuku Barbie. This week, Lil Wayne reignited his beef with Jay-Z during the Cash Money pre-Grammy party, gracing the mic to attack his frienemy with some bars. Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj didn’t fare so well at the 2012 Grammy Awards, performing her new single "Roman Holiday" but facing criticism for its sacrilegious content and wacky concept. She later defended her actions, stating that she didn’t know “what the big issue” was. Lil’ Kim took the opportunity to release her new single "If You Love Me," appearing on a Bravo talk show to take down the Harajuku Barbie. Lil Wayne Reignites Beef With Jay-Z At Pre-Grammy Awards Party Before the Grammy Awards, Lil Wayne appeared at the Cash Money pre-party, hopping on the mic to spit a few new bars for the crowd. During his freestyle, he decided to reignite his feud with Jay-Z, addressing his “Baby money” line from “H.A.M.” “I met a bad red bone, I took the bitch home / I asked her what she want to watch, she said surely not The Throne,” he rapped, referring to Hov’s project with Kanye West. Jay is yet to respond, but the sweetest revenge? Winning the Grammy for Best Rap Performance for “Otis,” and not even being in attendance to accept the award.
During the 2012 Grammy Awards, Nicki Minaj channeled her alter ego Roman Zolanski for her debut performance of “Roman Holiday,” packed with religious imagery of exorcism, priests and confessional.Responding to the criticism, which included attacks from the Catholic League, the Young Money rapstress dismissed the hate, stating that she wanted her character to “be sort of exorcised” and that it was her “creative craziness.” She later addressed the critiques more directly, stating, “I don’t know what is the big issue?” and explaining that the performance was a small part of a movie she’s creating.
In contrast to her foe Nicki Minaj, Lil’ Kim had a relatively solid week, releasing her new song “If You Love Me” in honor of Valentine’s Day. To promote the single, Kimmy Blanco appeared on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens,” using the press opportunity to attack the rap Hannah Montana with some shady insults. During the chat, she referred to Nicki as “Fire Marshall Bill,” a “Stupid Hoe” and overrated. Nicki is yet to respond to the verbal barbs, but with her performance at the Grammys drawing such criticism, it probably isn’t the best time.
The Young Money rapstress explains what it means to get a nod from the Recording Academy. Nicki Minaj was recently honored with a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist for the 2012 ceremony, set to take place in February. During an interview with theAssociated Press, the Young Money rapstress spoke on receiving the nod and what it means for her fans to be recognized for her hard work. "I don’t ever expect to win those type of things but it’s good to be recognized and it’s good for girls to see that you could do whatever type of music you want to do and you can be recognized on a big scale," she said. "It feels crazy, like, who would have thought that? I was just chillin’ out in Southside Jamaica, Queens rapping, New York City. Never. I never would have imagined that, but it’s a blessing and I always say hard work pays off. Don’t be lazy. I’m racist against lazy people. I wish they did not exist in this world." She also touched on her sophomore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, scheduled to hit stores on February 14, 2012. Unlike her debut Pink Friday, Nicki says she feels more comfortable not trying to force herself to cater to any one person. "My ability to trust my first instinct… With recording my sophomore album, things are happening so much easier now because I was over-thinking on the first album. I was giving people what I thought they needed and what I needed my reputation to be. And now, it’s like I don’t care what you think. I’m going to do what I do for my core fans. If you like it, then you like it. And if you don’t, bye."