It was a wardrobe malfunction of the highest order: The airline had lost Lil' Kim's luggage.
For a hip-hop sex kitten who is as popular for her saucy rhymes as her outrageous outfits - the purple pastie she wore to the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards particularly stands out - this meant that the start time of her sold-out concert on Monday at the Rrazz Room at Hotel Nikko would have to be pushed back while she pieced together another worthy getup. Sponsored Links
After an hour, host Sterling James announced, "Lil' Kim is in the house!"
Translation: It would be another hour before the 35-year-old rapper would actually take the stage.
With the crowd properly lubricated at this point, everyone took the opportunity to start bouncing as the DJ blasted jams they were more likely to hear at the Hustler Club than a cabaret venue that normally hosts the likes of Paula West and Wesla Whitfield.
As another hour passed, he started dipping into Lil' Kim's own records while someone started flicking the house lights on and off.
Lil' Kim, whose real name is Kimberly Jones, is in the midst of a comeback effort she launched in earnest nearly four years ago - shortly after she completed a 10-month sentence in federal prison for lying to a grand jury.
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Hold onto your nipple pasties, ladies. Lifelounge scored one of Lil Kim's only two interviews ahead of her Australian tour this month. We talked with the Queen of Hip Hop about style, being a lady and the time Diana Ross grabbed her chi-chi.
KO: Kim? How are you? LK: Good. How are you?
KO: Um, nervous and excited. You're kind of a big deal. LK: Aww! That's so nice. Thank you.
KO: You're in Canada. How's it been so far? LK: Yeah, I’m touring and um, it’s just basically for me to, like – it was time for me to see my fans again! …Everything is going great, it’s really really wonderful. Actually it’s more than I expected and my fans are just wonderful. I have the best fans in the world.
KO: Must be a pretty good feeling. We’re excited to have you here too. All the ladies I know are losing their collective shit for your show. LK: Oh! Bring them! Make sure all your ladies come with you.
KO: I'm sure there will be a bunch of girl teams there getting rowdy. LK: We’re gonna have a lot of fun. That’s one thing I can say about my concerts, it seems like we all have a lot of fun.