In todays age in time being “Extra” is the new trend. Whether you are being extra with your personality, your occupation, relationship, or style if you are going to embark on anything in your life the trend is now to do it in an extra form of fashion. Recently when it comes to music artists their apparel has been everything outside of normal. From the Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Kesha, and now they’re saying Lil Mama. Recently Lil Mama appeared at the MTV Awards looking extra spiffy and flamboyant. Critics Immediately compared her style to the beautiful Nicki Minaj, but when Lil Mama was asked was her inspiration behind her choice of evening wear from Nicki she quickly denies and says Nicki copied her.
On People Saying Sheâ€™s Copying Nicki Minaj & Lady Gagaâ€™s Style
Come on, letâ€™s be real okay. You have all these people wearing different colored hair. At the end of the day Iâ€™m a bombshell, so Iâ€™m going to do me. If I want to go platinum, Iâ€™m going platinum. Letâ€™s not forget that we have had people doing these things way before the people who are doing it now and letâ€™s also not forget that the black community sometimes we really hang ourselves because every time another black female gets up there and does something that may be current, we criticize each other and try to put each other down, but when Katy Perry and Lady Gaga do it, they all eat. But Iâ€™m not going to be a part of that. Iâ€™m going to do me, regardless.
On Her MTV Movie Awards Outfit & Nicki Minaj Copying Her Style
But my cut is blunt and futuristic and Nicki Minaj started wearing that bob on her head after she came to my show, so at the end of the day I know what I do and I know what I possess and I know who I am. Iâ€™m a trendsetter. The biggest form of flattery is imitation so Iâ€™m flattered. I understand the universal law. Iâ€™m not confused, I donâ€™t feel like a follower. I started so many things that new artists are doing now anyway â€“my style, the way Iâ€™m aggressive on a track, the way I come through, the way my beat bangs. There are so many things that were borrowed, that I influenced thatâ€™s happening in music right, so Iâ€™m far from discouraged.
Yeah, she was a guest on Americaâ€™s Best Dance Crew and immediately afterwards, everywhere she went, she was wearing the haircut, the same exact way. But that doesnâ€™t make me feel like â€˜Oh sheâ€™s trying to be downâ€™ like how I said about our culture. Iâ€™m actually flattered because she imitated me and it felt like something that I was doing was cute and in time for the fashion and for the season, so itâ€™s like letâ€™s live, letâ€™s do it.
On Female Rappers Not Embracing Her
It hasnâ€™t really changed. You know what, let me catch myself. MC Lyte definitely embraces me. Jada Pinkett Smith embraces me. Those are two people that I can call and get advice. Those are two people that will call me to see what Iâ€™m doing. I think that everybody else thatâ€™s still on the radar like Missy and [Lil] Kim, feel so challenged right now. The root of female rap now is all about your swag and doing things independently. Everything is just boosted up to where these females who created the platform for us feel imitated. The kind of in that position right now where they feel like â€˜Donâ€™t get it twisted because I will drag youâ€¦â€™
On Nicki Minajâ€™s Visit to Americaâ€™s Best Dance Crew
We didnâ€™t really get a chance to vibe out like that after the show. It was just business. It was a level of respect though. Despite of what anybody might hear or have to say through the web, internet, music, subliminals, or whatever, when people see me in this industry I am respected and I will be respected. Anything else goes under the rug so I donâ€™t see it. Whoever it may be, itâ€™s always a level of respect because I respect myself and I will be respected.