Nicki Minaj Finally Responds to Kendrick Lamar's "Control" Verse: "I'm the Queen of New York and I'm the King of New York"

Nicki pulls no punches on the topic of competition.

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Nicki Minaj performed in Brooklyn tonight at the Barclays Center for Powerhouse 2013, and following the performance she did an interview with Power 105.1's Breakfast Club crew. Pulling no punches, she forbade Charlamagne the God from labelling her with the word "pop," insisting that she has been rapping for five years straight.

Most of the interview centered around the work she was doing on her upcoming third album, which she plans to release in 2014. She said that fans can expect music that fits in seamlessly with some of the features she has been doing throughout this year, where she has been aggressive and flexing her lyrical chops.

As part of the discussion on lyrics, Nicki was asked about Kendrick Lamar ommitting her name from the list of "emcees" he considered as peers. Nicki said:


When Charlamagne mentioned that Nicki, being from New York, might have been offended by Kendrick calling himself "King of New York," Nicki swiftly cut him off.


Nicki did appear to be joking for part of these responses, taking a pause to laugh at her own answers a couple of times. She even went on to clarify that she really considers Jay Z to be the king of New York on Twitter. However, there was an undertone of seriousness involved. It is reflected in the interview she did earlier in the day with DJ Whoo Kid also. Not only did she assert her lyrical prowess and denounce use of the word "pop" in her interview with Whoo Kid, but she also appeared apathetic towards the idea of collaborating with Kendrick (Whoo Kid's suggestion).

As she continues to work on her third album, Nicki has put rap fans on notice: she means business.

Lol. I'm going to post the full interview. It was all in fun. For the record, Hov is the king of NY in my eyes.

UPDATE: The full, unedited video has emerged from Nicki's Breakfast Club interview. While Nicki talks about her clothing line, moscato, and a few other things, the portion of the interview devoted to her opinion on Kendrick's "Control" verse is largely untouched.

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