Niatia Jessica Kirkland, often known by her stage name Lil Mama, was born on October 4, 1989. She is a rapper, singer, actress, and television host from the U.S. She received top 10 Billboard placements for her debut album “VYP (Voice of the Young People),” which debuted at # 25 on the Billboard 200. The album produced four major singles, one of them being ‘Lip Gloss’, earning her two Teen Choice Awards and Monster Single of the Year nominations at the MTV VMA’s. She rose to prominence in pop music after collaborating with Avril Lavigne on the remix of her hit single, ‘Girlfriend.’ We are very thrilled to share with you her facts, life, and career journey on her birthday today!
Niatia Jessica Kirkland
October 4, 1989
Lil Mama was born on October 4, 1989, in Brooklyn, New York City, as the third of eight siblings. She has five younger siblings and two older brothers. During her childhood, she attended Edward R. Murrow High School. She was given the nickname Lil Mama since she was the family’s oldest daughter. She came from a financially impoverished family; life was difficult for her at first, and she found refuge in poetry and dancing. Mama used to write poems about the difficulties she had to face. Her eventual career as a rapper was built on this basis. More challenges arose when she lost her mother to breast cancer on December 15, 2007.
Women, Wealth, and Relationships, an event sponsored by BET and the Hip Hop Sisters Network, identified Mama as one of the presenters among other speakers. The purpose of the event was to empower and assist black women in areas, such as career, financial stability, family, and men. She appeared alongside Avril Lavigne in her video single “Girlfriend” after obtaining a contract with Jive Records in late 2006. Mama’s debut studio album, “VYP (Voice of the Young People),” was released in 2008 on the Jive Records label. The album debuted at number 25 on the Billboard 200 list in the U.S. Since the publication of her debut album, she has collaborated with several well-known performers. ‘On & On & On’ and ‘NYNYLALA,’ featuring Snoop Dogg, as well as ‘Dough Boy’ with Mishon, are some of her successful hits. At the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, she performed the song ‘Empire State of Mind’ with Jay-Z and Alicia Keys.
After the RCA Music Group disbanded Arista Records, Jive Records, and J Records, it was clear that all Mama business would be handled directly by RCA Records in the future. She has also been on the judging panel for Howard Schwartz and Karen Schwartz’s “America’s Best Dance Crew,” an American competitive dance reality television series. In the 2013 television biographical film “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story,” she played Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes. Two years later, she released her music video “Sausage,” in which the song was inspired by the ‘Sausage’ trend on Vine. The song quickly went popular, garnering over three million views. It also topped the Billboard music chart and the Twitter charts.
Mama releases her debut single ‘Lip Gloss,’ which earns her two Teen Choice Awards and Monster Single of the Year nominations at the MTV VMA's.
Mama wins Choice Summer Song for ‘Lip Gloss.’
“VYP (Voice of the Young People)” debuts at number 25 on the Billboard 200.
Mama makes a guest appearance on “Identified,” the second album by Vanessa Hudgens.
She features in “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story,” a television biographical film.
Mama releases “Take Me Back,” a mixtape that includes the songs ‘Sausage’ and ‘Memes.’
Why We Love Lil Mama
She supports women
She was the presenter of Women, Wealth, and Relationships, an event sponsored by BET and the Hip Hop Sisters Network. The purpose of the event was to empower and support black women in areas such as career, financial stability, family, and men.
She wants to inspire others
She referred to herself as the ‘Birth of Hip-Hop’ at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2007. She then told MTV about her intentions to promote and encourage other artists to support hip-hop music.
She is apologetic
Following her shocking stage crash at the VMA, the rapper saw extensive backlash from fans, which caused her a mental breakdown as her intentions were misunderstood. However, she took the initiative to apologize and explained that she didn't mean to offend Jay-Z and Alicia Keys and that she is one of Z’s biggest fans.
5 Surprising Facts
She was suicidal
After taking the stage uninvited besides Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, she was ridiculed by fans which had its mental toll on her.
Beyonce ignored her
Before her popular stage take-over with Jay-z and Alicia Keys, the rapper tried to convince Beyonce to accompany her to the stage, but she refused.
She was arrested
She was arrested on March 10, 2016, for driving 38 mph in a 25 mph zone while driving with a suspended license.
She feuded with Charlamagne Tha God
Tensions between her and fellow DJ erupted on an episode of "The Breakfast Club," as the two traded jabs.
She was in “America’s Next Top Model”
She appeared on an episode of “America’s Next Top Model” season 13 as a special guest.
Lil Mama FAQs
How old was Lil Mama when lip gloss came out?
The rapper was 17 years old.
Who are Lil Mama’s parents?
Her parents are Tara Kirkland and Allen Brunner.
What is Lil Mama’s real eye color?
Hazel green eyes.
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