Remy Ma and Lil' Kim dropped their new collab "Wake Me Up" this week, marking the beginning of Remy's Columbia Records era. Thursday, Remy dropped by the Breakfast Club headquarters to discuss the track, while also fielding a clearly annoying amount of questions about Nicki Minaj.
"I don't understand how many times I have to tell people," Remy, noting that she has no issue calling someone by their name, said (around the 3:00 mark) when Charlamagne brought up Nicki in the context of the new track. "I'm so over that. I'm past that. I'm in a good space. I feel like everything happens for a reason. Right now what I'm doing right now is what the record is. It's just a dope record. I think Kim is an icon. I think she should definitely be paid way more respect than she is, she’s like the Madonna of the whole female rap. I can't think of no chick in rap that can't say at some point they weren't influenced by Kim, and I just thought it was dope to have her on the record. She sounds amazing on the record."
Asked if there were "benefits" to "the old Remy," Remy agreed, but explained that she was in a much better place now. "I didn't care about anything," she said around the 4:10 mark. "I didn't care about repercussions. I didn't care about consequences. I still have that mentality when it comes to certain things, but I don't care about stuff anymore." Remy added that she now holds the industry loosely because her "priorities [are] a little bit different."
Later, around the 5:22 mark, Envy brought up Nicki again when talking about the supposedly "competitive" aspect of making music. "I don't sit around and focus on females when I make music," Remy pushed back. "I make music because I want it to just be great overall. I want the HOVs to hear it. I tell people all the time there's this one record that I got on my album, I can not wait until it comes out so I can go see Jay when it comes out and go, 'So what did you think about that? What did you think? Kinda nice, right?' I want the Kendricks and the J. Coles and the Ems of the industry to be like, 'Yo shorty's nice, she went in.' That's how I think. I don't be sitting around here worrying about what one particular sex is doing."
Remy also discussed her Columbia deal, Papoose, Meek Mill, Khia, and more. Catch the full interview up top.