R & B singer Monica has found herself in the middle of an ongoing family dispute. The singer recently collaborated with Rick Ross, Missy Elliott and Lil’ Kim for the single, “Anything,” that samples David Porter’s “I’m Afraid the Masquerade Is Over” that was used for the Notorious B.I.G’s classic “Who Shot Ya?”. In the song, the Queen Bee uses a few lines from the Biggie hit in her verse. Listen below:
According to Monica’s twitter account Biggie’s mother Voletta Wallace has stopped the single from being released because Lil’ Kim appears on the song. As custodian of Biggie’s estate Ms. Wallace approves any samples of her late son’s music. Monica explains:
“I am just finding out what has happened to my single and myself & Missy are beyond hurt that @LilKim was removed. She’s our friend, a legend,” Monica wrote. “Lil Kim will get the respect she deserves at all cost. The clearance was revoked and I’m fighting to get it reinstated by the Biggie Estate.”
For Lil Kim’s response to being removed off of the track, continue reading after the break:
Over the last few years, Ms. Wallace and Lil Kim have been engaged in a very public feud – partly due to Kim’s protest of her portrayal in the biopic Notorious. According to Monica’s tweets, the song would not be cleared unless Lil Kim’s vocals were removed.
Despite her displeasure, Monica maintained her respect for Ms. Wallace and did not take sides, insisting that she “respects all parties involved” and hopes to have the song reinstated with Lil Kim featured.
Lil Kim seems to have also taken also the high road thus far by simply writing, “I want ya’ll to know that Missy Elliot and Monica Brown have been going hard a s mothaf*cka for this situation. I love them so much! We are planning something even BIGGER for you guys.”
Of course, MSDTV will keep you posted as the story develops. Stay Tuned..