Saweetie believes Lil Kim has the best bar in female rap history.
During a recent interview with Issa Rae for Apple Music’s “Issa’s Raedio Show,” the “Tap In” emcee said the Queen Bee’s bars on her 1996 single “Not Tonight” reign supreme. “I think this is the best bar in female history,” Saweetie said. “I like when she says, ‘Tryin’ to impress me with your five G stones / I’ll give you 10 Gs, nigga, if you leave me alone.’ When I heard that, I was like…I felt it. I knew what she meant and that’s just the most boss thing someone could ever say. Like, I love that line.”
Saweetie said her mother put her on to Kim’s music when she was younger. “My mom listened to a lot of Lil Kim and Foxy [Brown],” she said. “I’ve always liked their demeanor. Their demeanor is just, I know that when they step into the room, you can just feel that bossness. They always just felt so powerful to me.”
Elsewhere in the interview, the High Maintenance rapper spoke about who influenced her, including Missy Elliott and Nicki Minaj. “I love me some Missy,” she said. “I always tell people, if I’m going to get nasty, I’m going to get nasty like Missy because she’s always creative and she’ll make you think. So, that’s what I drew from her.”
She added, “In high school, Nicki dropped two or three mixtapes that I just super loved and it opened my eyes to what a modern-day female rapper may have felt like…my aunties and my mom was listening to them, but I discovered Nicki on LimeWire.”
Saweetie is all about girl power. The Bay Area emcee recently dispelled rumors that there was beef between herself and Cardi B and said the two are actually planning to collaborate on a song together. “I think the media just likes to take things out of context,” she said. “I’m loving how women artists are starting to realize that sometimes it’s the media that creates something that’s not there. I think it just shows maturity and it shows growth amongst me and my peers to not be affected by what the media says.”
“Our teams have definitely been talking,” she added. “I think we’re just kinda waiting for that right record.”