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Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj "Dragged" Shanell "Lady Luck" Jones Into Their Beef
The #FirstFamilyofHipHop rapper explains her role in the musical feud that's got everyone's attention.
If anyone knows the art of beefing, it's rappers. And Nicki Minaj and Remy Ma's decade-long feud bubbled up to the surface once again via the release of two diss tracks, Remy's "ShETHER" and Nicki's "No Frauds." In the heat of the feud, First Family of Hip Hop rapper Shanell "Lady Luck" Jones' name has been brought into the mix, given her own history with Remy Ma.
"[They] dragged me into this!" Shanell told The Daily Dish. "Well, I mean, I'm pretty sure me doing a few interviews and speaking my mind didn't help me get out of the way. Basically the night that Remy Ma released her diss record I got like two, three thousand followers. I didn't even know what was going on until I logged in and I had to find out what was going on,"
Shanell then recapped her own history with the Bronx native — that predates Remy's beef with Nicki.
"Basically they just keep bringing it up because me and Remy had a battle back in 2004 and it's a highly-acclaimed battle," she recalled. "People are always saying, 'Who won?' People who know real hip hop, they know that I won. People that know what rap sounds like. But people who side with Remy are the people who believe what was told because the judges at the battle that night they were all her friends. You know what I mean? And she had the backing at the time of Fat Joe and once they ran with it, that was it. So the people who believe their side, it's one thing. The people who know real rap, they believe Luck. So that's how I got dragged into this because everyone keeps bringing up the battle that we had."
Luck points out that battle sealed her fate with Remy ("we're forever joined at the hip"). Nicki even shouted out Luck following the latest bout of drama since Luck has been quite vocal about the two women sparring in their music. "I want to be clear: I'm not choosing sides. Me and Nicki share a common enemy, a common music enemy. I don't want to make it sound like it's anything in real life. It's nothing; it's just a music thing. But I'm very honest. I guess that's a gift and a curse and when I was asked about this, it's just that Remy has always been jealous of Nicki," she said. "And I understand why. Nicki holds a certain position in hip hop that other female rappers may think they deserve or they may feel like she doesn't deserve it. I can understand. I'm not saying it's right and I'm not saying it's proper. But I can understand where her frustration comes in cause she's been dissing Nicki since she was in jail."
Luck is quick to point out that beefs are common in hip hop because "this is a competitive sport" and notes that comparing the two rappers' skills isn't as easy as you might think it is.
"In basketball you have five positions on the court and everybody plays a different role, so in my opinion I don't think there's one greatest rapper of all time," she explained. "Everybody has a trait and quality that the next one doesn't, so if you're going to compare both of the diss records I think that Remy had great insults. I was shocked with the things that she was saying. Again, I don't feel like she's talented. She wasn't really on the beat like how you're supposed to be... With Nicki, she has less insults, so she didn't really attack her and go for her jugular the way she could have."
While Luck is quick to note she won't pick a side in this beef, she does commend Nicki for all her success. "So I don't know if anyone will be answering that: who's the better artist? They both bring different elements to the game," she said. "Right now Remy is the go-to girl for what people feel is gansta rap and the street rapper. Nicki, she started off with that street cred and then she went to blow up and become super successful and worth $100 million. I thought that's what the end game was. I thought that's what we all were here for to go where Nicki's at. I totally don't want any street respect. I totally don't want any street cred. I want to go where Nicki's at if you ask me, according to that [and] according to what I want to achieve. In life I would say Nicki's a better artist all around because she does everything."
Check out where Lady Luck and her family record their own music, below.