Nicki Emulates Kim (July 2008)
What happened? Nicki caught our attention and turned many heads when she dropped her Sucka Free mixtape in ’08. It wasn’t just the music that made waves, however—it was also the highly sexual cover that was an obvious homage ode to Lil’ Kim’s infamous promotional posters from her 1996 debut album, Hard Core. Whether it was her intention or not, the image made Nicki seem like she wanted to be the new Lil’ Kim, which led to comparisons between the two female rappers. With all that has gone on between these two since, we can’t help but think this image is the root of their problems.
Complex says: Ever notice how neither Lil’ Kim or Nicki don't look anything like they did on these covers nowadays?