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Women's History: The Source Celebrates Lil Kim

Superstar Kimberly 'Lil' Kim' Jones stepped into the scene in 1994 as the Notorious B.I.G.'s protege and first lady of the Brooklyn-bred rap group Junior Mafia. The pint-sized rapper packed a big punch standing next to her mentor spitting daring, unforgettable rhymes that certified their debut album, Conspiracy, gold. Kim's ability to mesh porn-laced lyrics over gritty beats intrigued the hip hop world who obviously wanted more of the BK rapper. Her solo debut album, Hardcore, was quickly certified double platinum and pushed her over the top as a huge rap star.

Following her mentor B.I.G.'s untimely death in 1997, Lil Kim continued his legacy and quashed any rumors of her disappearing in the game. In 2000, she released The Notorious K.I.M. and La Bella Mafia which were both certified platinum making Kim, along with Missy Elliot, the only female rapper with at least 3 platinum albums. She took home a Grammy for her collaboration on Lady Marmalade and in 2003 she won the Source award for Female Artist of the year and Female Single of the Year for her hit "Jump Off." Although Kim credits B.I.G. in cultivating her craft and making her an international household name, it was Kim who took her career to the next level appearing in multiple television and films, winning countless awards and serving as the muse for several high fashion designers. Lil Kim constantly switched up her unique, yet risque fashion and hairstyles making Kim a worldwide trendsetter as the world watched to see what she would do next.

Kim continued to stay true to herself before serving jail time for lying to a grand jury. She still represented her borough on songs like "Lighters Up" and taped a reality show leading up to her journey to prison as a goodbye to her fans. Although Lil Kim was sentenced to a year, she returned home to welcome arms as the hip hop world embraced her ready for more music. She took a break to Dance with the Stars, and stayed visible releasing tracks for her hardcore fans. As Kim plans to release new music, its clear that her strength, tenacity and ability to start over will forever make her one of our Female Rap
Legends.

--Courtney Brown

103 Comments
Posted on 13 Mar 2012 by LilKimZone

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by aye @ 16 Mar 2012 07:31 am
kail that was a rumor about Kim doing that new song london
by jamal718 @ 16 Mar 2012 07:42 am
I hope the QUEEN drop another single soon!! Cant wait to see her and dj.envy on mtv2,something else to look forward to,kim kept her word!! tongue 2012 the year of the bee!! wink this promo pic needs to be a poster lovin this pic!!!!
by Queen Nai @ 28 Mar 2012 06:13 am
Lil Kim's fans that made this website delete Nicki Minaj's fans comments that are bragging about her on her and being disrespectful. They are in the wrong place. This is about Lil Kim and Biggie. Haters are always running their mouth. Anyways, Lil Kim and Biggie will forever be the royalty of Hip Hop. PPl had the nerve to say Biggie did not care for Kim. I beg to differ.

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