Kimberly Denise Jones who was born on July 11, 1974, in Brooklyn, New York, is a reality television personality and one of the greatest female rappers on earth. As a woman of color, she has served daring high fashion looks throughout her rap career. She has a huge influence on hip-hop culture by bringing new energy to the genre and serving as a talented role model for other female rappers to look up to. We would love to celebrate her birthday with you, so here is to Lil Kim, the Queen Bee herself.
Kimberly Denise Jones, best known as Lil Kim, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Lil Kim’s childhood was full of hardship as her parents divorced, and even though she was in her father’s custody, they did not have great relationship, which resulted in her father kicking her out of the house. She lived most of her teenage life on the streets when she was only in high school. In 1994, at the age of 19, she met the Notorious B.I.G, as known as Biggie Smalls, a famous rapper at that time. She was invited to be a part of his hip hop group called Junior MAFIA She continued her education at Sarah J. Hale Vocational High School at the same time.
With Junior MAFIA, Lil Kim worked on “Conspiracy,” the group’s debut album. When it was released in 1995, it had a steady increase in sales, which made it to two top 20 singles in the United States and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The group’s and the album’s popularity catapulted Lil Kim’s solo career as a female rapper. Lil Kim released her debut album, “Hardcore,” in 1996, and the Recording Industry Association of America certified it as double platinum with more than six million copies sold worldwide. Four years later, in 2000, she released “The Notorious K.I.M”, which was also certified platinum. In 2001, she remade the single ‘Lady Marmalade’ with Christina Aguilera, Pink, Missy Elliot, and Mya. The single then peaked at #1 on the U.S Billboard Hot 100, and the song earned her a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration the following year.
Her success does not blind her from other issues that humanity is facing today. She is passionate about raising awareness and supporting good causes. She established her own foundation to raise funds for homelessness, H.I.V./AIDS, and violence against children and women. On February 9, 2013, she participated in a fashion show that raised $300,000 for H.I.V./AIDS patients. Not only that, but she has also been an L.G.B.T. advocate, performing in gay pride festivals, including the Atlanta Black Pride, and New York’s L.G.B.T. Pride March. She is undoubtedly a star.
She begins her career as a solo rapper with “Hardcore,” selling 78,000 copies in its first week of release.
With Mary J. Blige, she endorses the MAC VIVA GLAM lipstick and lip gloss lines.
She leaves Atlantic Records after many years because she is confident in marketing and selling her own recordings.
She performs on stage with D.J. Cassidy and Jadakiss at the 2022 Pegasus World Cup.
Why We Love Lil Kim
She has a positive self-image
Looking different from her surroundings does not make her nervous; rather she embraces her body. She loves her body and she will confront anyone who disparages it.
She enjoys reinventing herself
She is not scared to experiment and discover what works best for her. Throughout her career life, she has had different fashion looks and friend groups. At the end of the day, she wants what is best for her.
She is a fashion icon
She has a fantastic sense of style. Her daring looks from Chanel, Dior, and Versace are still recreated today.
5 Surprising Facts
She knew she wanted to rap
When she was a kid, she used to freestyle and had her first rapping experience at neighborhood parties.
Her role model is Salt-N-Pepa
Turns out the role model herself was inspired by a hip-hop group before becoming a rapper.
She loves colored contact lenses
She likes the idea of wearing different eye colors just for fun and fashion.
She has an enormous amount of wigs
A wide range of hairstyles is required for a fashion icon and she, in particular, has a plethora of them.
Queen Bee is her alias
She used the title “Queen Bee” as her street name back in 1995.
Lil Kim FAQs
Does Lil Kim have a baby?
Yes, she does. She gave birth to Royal Reign at the age of 39 years old.
Is Lil Kim a billionaire?
Yes. Even though she declared bankruptcy in January 2018, she still has some assets and income from her recordings.
Did Lil Kim and Mr. Papers break up?
They did part ways after a fight over Royal Reign’s custody. They are officially back together after a five-year breakup.
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