While the beef between Lil’ Kim and Nicki Minaj continues to heat up, Kim added some context to the matter with an interview with Hot 97‘s Angie Martinez.

“A lot of people might not know this, but me and [Cash Money co-CEO] Slim were very good friends,” said Kim. “Very good friends for four or five years. My thing is this: I haven’t been doing music like that for a second and I looked at her buzz as a way in for me. I’m like, ‘OK, this is a good thing. This a way for me to kind of come back in.’ “

However, explains Kim, the response to her verses were more positive than Nicki’s, which was allegedly the source of the subliminal shots from Minaj.

“I saw her coming up,” added Kim. “I saw her coming in the game, like, ‘All you chicks that been in the game for 10 years, move over. Y’all need to sit down.’ And this and that. I thought that was disrespectful.”

Lil’ Kim says she’s not interested in beef. “I’m not looking for someone to start a war with. That’s not me. That’s not what I do.”