Growing up, I thought Lil’ Kim was the most inspiring female MC out there and I still give her credit of course, but I don’t know, my love affair with her music has just fallen off for some reason. I don’t know why, but I stopped putting effort into listening to her new music and I should really check out what has been done since her release.
Kimberly Denise Jones (born July 11, 1974 or 1975) known by her stage name Lil’ Kim, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, model, and actress. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, living much of her adolescent life on the streets after being expelled from home. Performing a freestyle rap for The Notorious B.I.G. got her music career start in 1995 with his group Junior M.A.F.I.A., whose debut album Conspiracy generated three hit singles.
Kimberly Jones’ debut studio album, Hard Core (1996) was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and spawned three consecutive No. 1 rap hits: “No Time”, “Not Tonight (Ladies Night remix)”, and “Crush on You”, a record for a female rapper. Her following albums, The Notorious K.I.M. (2000) and La Bella Mafia (2003), were certified Platinum, making her the only female rapper besides Missy Elliott to have at least 3 platinum albums.
She was featured on the single, “Lady Marmalade”, which also had guest vocals by fellow recording artists Mýa, Pink and Christina Aguilera (a remake of the 1975 hit, which I’ve featured on here before) which went to No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, making her the second female rapper to have a No. 1 on that chart. In addition, the remake won two MTV Video Music Awards and a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
In 2005, she served a yearlong prison sentence for lying to a jury about her friends’ involvement in a shooting four years earlier. During her incarceration, her fourth album The Naked Truth was released. She returned to the public eye in 2009 with an appearance on Dancing with the Stars.
The Notorious Kim
The Notorious Kim (Clean)
The Notorious Kim (Instrumental)
The Notorious Kim (A Cappella)
The Notorious Kim (Dirty)
Big Momma Thang feat. Jay-Z (Dirty)
Big Momma Thang feat. Jay-Z (Clean)