In the 1990s, there was no R&B band quite like Jodeci. While Boyz II Men, with their clean-cut image, were cut from a more traditional R&B cloth, K-Ci, JoJo, Dalvin and DeVante were the bad boys of the genre. No wonder they fit in so well with rappers, collaborating with the likes of Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Redman. They almost cooked up a collaboration with Lil' Kim as well, but the Notorious B.I.G. put a stop to that.
"Big was very protective of me, like overprotective," Lil' Kim said when she appeared on the March 7 episode of "RapFix Live."
In the early '90s, Jodeci got their start at Uptown Records, where their talent was cultivated by a then-unknown Sean "Puffy" Combs — whom fans now simply call Diddy. Under the young executive's watch, the quartet released their multiplatinum 1991 debut Forever My Lady, but somewhere down the line the relationship soured.
Kim recalled one incident where she and Diddy's Bad Boy crew had a run-in with Jodeci in a hotel. "Me and Keisha from Total were in the hallway talking to Dalvin and, I think, JoJo," she remembered. "Puffy and Big were looking for us, and when they found us, Big just started draggin' me by my coat and Puff was like, 'We don't eff with them. What are y'all doin' talkin' to them?' "
Despite the incident, Jodeci later wanted to include Lil' Kim on a remix of their 1995 single "Luv U 4 Life" and offered her a lot of money to do it, but Big, who was both Kim's musical mentor and lover, vetoed the feature. "At that time, it was the beginning of my career; I hadn't seen that much money for one record," Kim recalled.
"So Big comes to where I was stayin' and he's like, 'You ain't goin' nowhere, I'm gonna go out there to see what's goin' on,' " Kim remembered of Biggie's interference while laughing. "He locks me in the room; he was like, 'Oh you ain't gonna go do no song with them.' "
Posted on 18 Mar 2012 by LilKimZone
Lil' Kim at Palermo's Bakery
[source: palermobakery.com] Guess who popped by Palermo’s Bakery today?! The famous Lil’ Kim was here to order a baby shower cake for her bestfriend!
Joanne had a blast designing the cake with Lil’ Kim and her friends — lots of stories, lots of laughter and lots of cakes to taste. She is so sweet and gorgeous and it was definitely a lot of fun having their group around.
Joanne and her sons, Paulie and Jerry Jr. had the opportunity of taking photos with her. We can’t wait to make more cakes for them!
Posted on 17 Mar 2012 by LilKimZone
Lil' Kim to Appear on MTV's Sucker Free
Lil Kim is slated to appear as co-host to DJ Envy on March 25th at both 11 am and 11 pm eastern time on MTV2! This date is a special date as it is the 15th anniversary of Life After Death. And, She is said to have shared a personal never before heard story about Biggie. Be sure to tune in to watch her on Sucker Free as well as her performance on Rip the Runway, March 21st on BET! (source: thewomenofhiphop.com)
Posted on 16 Mar 2012 by LilKimZone
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.