*Actress LisaRaye McCoy recently weighed in on the Lil Kim/Nicki Mianj debate after Usher caught heat over his comments about the female hip-hop stars.
Usher sparked fury among the Barbz (Nicki’s fanbase) after he told Swizz Beatz that a Verzuz battle between Nicki and Kim wouldn’t work because the Brooklyn emcee paved the way for the “Queen” rapper.
The R&B crooner described Minaj as a “product” of Lil Kim.
And LisaRaye agrees.
During a recent appearance on Out Loud with Claudia Jordan, LisaRaye addressed Usher’s remarks, saying: “We can all stand together queens and we can all say that all of us are acknowledging the fact that Kim came before Nicki Minaj,” she said, per Hot New Hip Hop.
“So Nicki, just take a seat. You don’t have to sit down for long, but just take a bow. Just like Beyoncé said, ‘Bow down b*tches,” LisaRaye added.
As you can imagine, her comments were met with mixed reactions.
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*”The Player’s Club” star is also facing criticism from Turks And Caicos Islanders for comments she previously made on Jordan’s show, saying she “turned their island around” after marrying (her now ex) former Prime Minister Michael Misick.
As noted by MadameNoire, Claudia joked that she “upgraded the island,” to which LisaRaye replied, “damn right! Say it for the b—hes in the back!”
Adding, “I did more for that island than I did for my own country and my own business, my own self,” she said.
“I became the poster child for Turks and Caicos because Turks and Caicos was a jewel of an island, an elite island, that no one knew about until I said, hey, here we are over here! An hour away from the Bahamas! An hour and a half out of Miami! We’re right next to Haiti! It’s beautiful! The sun and the sand and the water, come see what I found over here! I did that and I started businesses over there. I started opportunity over there and I did nothing for here,” LisaRaye explained.
After Claudia explained that she herself was harassed online over McCoy’s comments about the island, LisaRaye defended her remarks on Jordan’s show this week.
“Those people in your inbox were probably people who can’t even afford to go to Turks and Caicos, so next,” she said. “Secondly, that would be absolutely ludicrous for me to say Turks and Caicos wasn’t known, although it wasn’t known to me when I first met Michael. I didn’t know anything and didn’t even know how to pronounce it. But I stand by what I said.”
She went on to explain, “As their first lady, I brought a lot of attention to Turks and Caicos Island. But that’s what I planned to do and that’s what I wanted to do,” she continued. “I brought the film festival there. I built a theater there. I brought the first ever carnival there, music festival. Calling my friends saying, hey, we may not have it in the budget to pay your fee, but if I can make a vacation out of it for you because I’m the first lady of this small country, and I want to shed some light on here, can you bring your talent over here so you can entertain our people?”
LisaRaye added, “I still feel that is a second home for me, so I will always be the poster child for Turks and Caicos Islands because it’s beautiful and because I called it home and I do want everyone to see it and know about it because they should,” she added. “It’s right next door to us. So that’s what I said and that’s exactly, again, what I mean.”
Scroll up to hear/watch LisaRaye and Claudia dish about the controversy via the clip above.