This past July, Lil Kim canceled two interviews, citing that the outlets wouldn’t “put respect on my name” and “wanted to be messy.” But the rap legend known as Queen Bee has had plenty of blessings this year. At a dinner honoring their friend Notorious B.I.G.’s birthday on May 21, she and Lil Cease reconciled their strained relationship after not seeing each other in person for 13 years. In September, she received the I Am Hip Hop Icon Award at the 2019 BET Hip-Hop Awards and gave a nostalgic performance with surprise appearances by Junior M.A.F.I.A., Musiq Soulchild and O.T. Genasis.
The year’s worth of positivity culminated with the release of 9, Lil Kim’s long-awaited fifth studio album that pairs her raunchy, street-oriented bars her fans love with guest appearances by Rick Ross, City Girls and Rich The Kid. While Kim has released several mixtapes over the past decade, 9 is her first studio album since 2005’s The Naked Truth, which she released days within beginning a prison bid. And her fans were patiently waiting: the day of the release of 9, Lil Kim was trending nationwide on Twitter.
In a conversation with VIBE, Lil Kim speaks about her new album, weighs in on comparisons between Biggie and Rick Ross, and rejoices the City Girls’ JT newfound freedom.
VIBE: Your last official album was The Naked Truth, and you had a lot to say on that album because of what you were dealing with. What made you decide to make a new album now?
Lil Kim: Why not? I’m a beast, I love music. Why not? I love music, I’m good at what I do, and my fans want it. As long as my fans want it, I’m going to keep giving it to them and doing what I want to do.
Remy Ma appears in court clutching Fendi purse from Lil’ Kim
Rapper Remy Ma, facing charges she slugged a TV reality-show castmate, appeared in Manhattan court Friday wearing a stylish ensemble and clutching a Fendi handbag she said was a gift from pal Lil’ Kim.
In court, she stood beside her lawyer, Dawn Florio, while a judge adjourned her misdemeanor assault case to Nov. 12 for possible disposition during the brief hearing.
As Ma strolled out of the courthouse in a pair of Gucci sunglasses, she said of her purse, “It was a gift from Lil’ Kim. Her album just came out this week so I’m wearing it for her.”
Florio said she and her client were hopeful the case would be resolved on the next date.
“We’re just looking forward to a dismissal,” the lawyer said.
The “Lean Back” singer, whose real name is Reminisce Smith, is accused of punching TV personality Brittney Taylor in the right eye April 16 during a concert at Irving Plaza. The two appeared together on the reality show “Love & Hip Hop: New York.” (Pagesix)