Naturi Naughton is keeping it classy while dealing with Lil Kim’s 2009 Notorious beef. Since the controversial release of Biggie Smalls’ biopic, Naughton has been met with on-going shade from Lil Kim, whom she portrayed in the film.
Out of all the renowned figures portrayed in the movie, the original Queen Bee was (and still is) the most disappointed in her representation. Consequently, Kim allegedly tried her hardest to keep a fair distance from the Power actress during VH1’s Hip-Hop Honors.
In 2009, Naturi’s Notorious role launched the former 3LW singer’s acting career. Kim slammed the film writers and directors (including Puffy) for not including her input and voiced her disappointment about the decision to cast Naughton in the role.
“I would have never picked Naturi, she doesn’t have a Lil Kim aura at all! She looks nothing like I looked back then,” Kim said in an interview. “We have NO similarities. Watching her on-screen was so ‘dreadful’ as Simon Cowell would say. She is tasteless and talentless. Never once did she contact me for input or to get a feel of me for the character.”
Despite the major shade from the rap legend, Naturi has kept it classy and reminded us of that in her recent sit down with VH1 Live hosted by Marc Lamont Hill. During the show, when asked about the beef, Naughton said, “The shade is real, I don’t understand it.”
“You know what Marc, maybe you can find out why,” she said. “All I know is, I had the pleasure and honor of playing Lil’ Kim in the film Notorious. I was a first time actress in a film, you know? This was the beginning of my career. I’m a little black girl from New Jersey, why not support that?”
Check out the interview above and catch Naturi every Sunday at 9 p.m. on the hit Starz series, Power.