Rapper Eve has waded into the war of words between hip-hop queens Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj, insisting the newcomer should show the Lady Marmalade hit-maker some respect.
Minaj and Lil Kim became embroiled in a feud in 2010 when the female rap pioneer accused her of stealing her style. She further blasted Minaj on her track Black Friday - a play on Minaj's album title Pink Friday - alleging she slept with mentor Lil Wayne to land a record deal.
Minaj mocked Kim for selling the song via PayPal, and the pair has yet to call a truce on their bitter rivalry.
Now, Eve has offered her opinion on the fall-out, urging Minaj to understand Lil Kim paved the way for her own success.
She tells BET
, "It's not about publicity. It's about wanting that respect."
"I think maybe that's where Kim is coming from, like, you're doing your thing right now and no-one can take that away from you, Nicki - we all see it - but at the end of the day, if it wasn't for Kim, she wouldn't be here and that s**t is real."