Ruff Ryders' Eve has talked about working with rap newcomer Nicki Minaj on the set of Ludacris' "My Chick Bad" video and explained why she does not look at her as competition.
According to E-v-e-, a busy schedule keeps her away from trying to focusing energy on what her fellow female rappers are doing.
"She definitely is a quirky chick. That's a good word for her," Eve said in an interview. "When she had the Freddy Krueger gloves I was like 'Wow.' But at the same time, whatever you decide to do, especially in music, you gotta go hard and own it. You can't be timid wearing Freddy Krueger gloves in a video. If you look insecure, people are going to be like 'Why are you doing that?' You gotta f*cking own it and she did. I think that's dope...Trust me, no one's competition for me and that sounds cocky but I seriously live in such an Eve world. And not in a crazy-everything-is-me-bubble, it's just that I'm bulding an empire. I go on Twitter and people say 'Yo, knock Nicki Minaj out of the box, but ultimately we're all helping each other and I'm happy seeing these chicks in the game. It's too much testosterone. When I see another female, my immediate reaction is not 'Oh I gotta go and get my sh*t right.' I got 900 other things going on. I can't keep worrying about what's coming up behind me." (VIBE)
Ruff Ryders' Drag-On spoke with SOHH last year about the Eve and Minaj comparisons.
"Yeah of course, Eve is always gonna be in it to win it, she's working on her album right now too," Drag told SOHH. "I heard it's bananas too. Like, it's crazy. She's always in it to win it. But I like Nicki Minaj, I ain't gonna front. I like her swag and what she's got going on." (SOHH)
Female rapper Lil Mama recently discussed Minaj's use of sex appeal.
"Nicki Minaj is a talented rapper," Lil Mama said in an interview. "She's out there, she's doing her. What she represents, I don't represent and she's doing something different, that's her lane. As the voice of the young people, Lil Mama, I focus on bringing up young girls to respect their bodies, respect theyself, do it up." (BET)
Former King Magazine covergirl LoLa Monroe also spoke about being compared to Minaj last fall.
"I don't do the Barbie thing -- that's her thing," LoLa said in an interview. "I really don't agree with it, that's basic. It doesn't make sense to me because first off, you're basically saying I'm jacking somebody who has never been known to have their styleall throughout their career. She's never been set to have her own style. It's always been set to say she's jacking Lil' Kim to Foxy [Brown] and now Lil Wayne. So how can I be jacking somebody or using somebody's style if they never been known to have their own style. That part never made sense. That's one. Another thing, it kind of comes from Wayne is in the foundation of my music and what I've listened to him for years and years. So you can hear his styles in my music. And you know, that's her mentor and that's somebody whom she's under and so she's known to sound like Wayne. That's all they say about her now. I believe the similarities may have come from that but besides that, I have my own style, I have my own lane. She does what she does, ya feel me?" (All Hip Hop)
Check out LoLa Monroe speaking on Nicki Minaj below: