Nicki Minaj is no stranger to feuds with older, more established (some might even say “legendary”) performers. One might even say she’s an old hand at it by now. Which is good, because it looks like she’s about to get in another one with Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins of TLC fame. Assuming she takes the bait, that is. (Which she will.)
In Nicki’s defense, she will not have started it. In a recent interview with the adorable Max London (the preview clip of which you can see above), T-Boz had harsh words for modern female pop stars in general. But the only one who is actually identifiable thus far is Nicki. After presumably being asked about singing/talent competition reality shows like The X Factor, T-Boz said:
What the hell is she gon’ tell me what I should be doing when her ass can’t even sing? Why is she even there? And then…now they’ve got rappers that don’t even sing judging? So, this is totally based off of popularity, I guess. I mean, to each their own. Get your money, honey. All I’m saying is, I will never watch [your] shows.”
I guess she doesn’t consider whatever Nicki did on Starships singing. Strong words from a beloved ’90s musical icon! But wait, T-Boz, why don’t you tell us what you really think?
“Just because you’re on TV gyrating and boning and sucking penises, it’s not talent, honey. Maybe in the porn industry, but over here, we entertain. I don’t respect half [of] the people I’ve seen lately.”
Sucking penises? I’d like to know what channel she’s watching, and how I can get it as part of my basic cable package. It’s not clear who she’s talking about here (could be anyone), but she does sing a snatch of a Rihanna song in what sounds like an appreciative way, so it’s probably not her?
In any case, you should now watch Nicki’s Twitter feed closely for signs that she intends to return fire. Potential talking points include: T-Boz is old, T-Boz is irrelevant, T-Boz is a stupid hoe.