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Lil’ Kim is an American rapper, songwriter, model, actress and producer

InformationDetail
BirthdayJuly 11, 1975
NationalityAmerican
FamousSingers, Rappers
City/StateNew Yorkers
SpousesMr. Papers
SiblingsChristopher
Known asKimberly Denise Jones
Birth PlaceBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
Height150cm
GenderFemale
FatherLinwood Jones
MotherRuby Jones
Sun SignCancer
Born inBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
Famous asRapper
Socials

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Who is Lil’ Kim?

Lil’ Kim is an American rapper, songwriter, model, actress and producer. Popular known for her strong voice and unrestrained style of rapping, she began her career in the entertainment industry during her teenage years. She started by performing freestyle rap for rapper, The Notorious B.I.G. Initially, she was also part of the group Junior M.A.F.I.A. Later, she released her solo album ‘Hard Core’ that earned her much appreciation. Her other albums include ‘The Notorious K.I.M.’, ‘La Bella Mafia’, ‘The Naked Truth’, mixtape Ms. G.O.A.T. among several others. Her talent has earned her several prestigious awards including the Grammys and the Billboard Music Awards. For her music projects, she has associated with several other personalities in the industry like Christina Aguilera, Young Jeezy, French Montana, Miley Cyrus, Jadakiss, Beyonce and Yo Gotti among many others. Apart from a career in music, she has taken up modelling assignments from her early days and has worked in collaboration with brands, such as MAC, Brandy and Old Navy. She is a philanthropist and has been part of several tours and fundraising events to promote causes like HIV/AIDS, breast cancer awareness, homelessness, child neglect, violence against women and so on.

// Famous Rappers

Childhood & Early Life

Lil’ Kim was born Kimberly Denise Jones on 11 July 1975 at Brooklyn, New York, to Linwood Jones and Ruby Jones. Her father was a former US marine. She has an older brother named Christopher.

Her parents separated when she was nine years old following which she started living with her father. However, she had a strained relationship with her father.

She did her initial schooling from Queen of All Saints Elementary School, Brooklyn. Later, she went to Sarah J. Hale Vocational High School for a few years and was shifted to the Brooklyn College Academy to complete her school education.

At the age of sixteen, she was kicked out of the house by her father. Subsequently, she dropped out of high school and started living out on the streets.

Career

During her teen years she was introduced to The Notorious B.I.G. aka Biggie Smalls, who played a key role in her personal and artistic life. In 1994, he was instrumental in initiating and promoting the Brooklyn-based group, Junior M.A.F.I.A which she was part of.

‘Conspiracy’, the first album of the group was released in 1995 to moderate reviews. Lil’ Kim came into the limelight with the album’s single ‘Player’s Anthem’. Her voice was appreciated by the industry.

In 1996, she released, ‘Hard Core’, her debut work as a solo artist. Her unapologetic style and lyrical wordplay made the album a success. The album debuted at No.11 on the Billboard 200, which was the highest debut for a female rapper at the time. The album went on to be certified double Platinum by the RIAA in 2001.

In 1998, she was signed by agency Wilhelmina Models. She was also made the face of fashion brand ‘Brandy’, making her the first rapper to endorse the brand till date. Other brands that she has worked with include cosmetics brand MAC, clothing brand, Old Navy, AOl Internet Service.

Following the success of the album ‘Hard Core’, Lil’ Kim was preparing a show in New York City when she got the news that the team’s mentor Biggie has been killed. As a result of Biggie’s death, Lil’ Kim and her team faced uncertain future. She cancelled her plans for a sophomore album, and featured in projects by Puff Daddy and Mobb Deep.

In 2000, she released her second album Notorious K.I.M. The album though not as successful as her debut album, was listed on the Billboard 200 at No.4. It was certified Platinum by the RIAA after four weeks of its release.

In 2001, she along with Christina Aguilera, Pink, and Mýa teamed up for the remake of Patti Labelle's "Lady Marmalade" for the soundtrack of ‘Moulin Rouge’. The single was an immense hit and also won several awards that year including the Grammys. With the success of this project, she became one of the most sought after rappers of the time.

In 2003, she released her album, ‘La Bella Mafia’, featuring Kanye West, Timbaland and Missy Elliot. She also collaborated with Christina Aguilera for a song ‘Can’t Hold Us Down’ from the latter’s album ‘Stripped’.

The following year she made a cover recording for ‘These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ that went on to be utilized for Victoria Gotti's series ‘Growing up Gotti’. She was also featured in Beyonce’s ‘Naughty Girl’ in 2004.

In 2004, she also inaugurated her designer watch collection by the name ‘Royalty by Lil' Kim’. Her clothing line was also released with the title ‘Hollyhood’. Soon after, she got associated with shoe brand Petite Peton.

Her next album ‘The Naked Truth’ was released in 2005, while she was serving a prison sentence. She received a 5 mic rating from ‘The Source’, making her the only female rapper to ever receive the rating.

On March 9, 2006, BET telecasted her last 14 days of freedom prior to being jailed for a 366 days sentence, as a six part series titled ‘Lil' Kim: Countdown to Lockdown’.

In 2007 and 2008, she made appearances as a judge on shows ‘The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll’ and ‘Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious’.

In 2008, she announced her dissociation with Atlantic Records, and also released her debut mixtape titled ‘Ms. G.O.A.T’. The album received positive reviews.

In 2009, she appeared on the eighth season of the reality show ‘Dancing with the Stars’. She was paired with dancer Derek Hough and ended up in the fifth place. The following year she began her 2010 tour covering Canada, Europe and the U.S.

In 2010, she along with her cousin Katrise Jones opened their beauty salon ‘Salon Se Swa’ at North Carolina. This was followed by the release of her second line of clothing ‘24/7 Goddess Collection’.

In 2011, she released her second mixtape ‘Black Friday’. The mixtape did not receive positive reviews. The same year she travelled to South Africa to perform as part of the Zarfest music festival as well to Australia for the WinterBeatz Festival. She also released the single ‘I Am Not the One’ in November that year.

She released the song ‘If You Love Me’, for her fans on Valentine’s Day 2012. In May 2012, she started her Return of the Queen Tour and it received fairly good reviews. The same year she also signed budding rapper Tiffany Foxx onto her label IRS Records.

Though her third mixtape was set to be released in 2013, it got delayed due to several reasons. Therefore, she released certain singles like ‘Dead Gal Walking’ and ‘’ Kimmy Blanco’ for the public. Later in 2014, the Hard Core mixtape was released as a free download on her official website. In 2016, her fourth mixtape ‘Lil Kim Season’ was released.

In 2017, she is expected to be featured in the song ‘Lovin You for Life’ of Faith Evan’s album ‘The King & I’. She has also announced that she is working on a new album in association with Cardi B and Remy Ma. Other releases include the follow up mixtape for Lil Kim Season, entitled Lil Kim Season 2: The Originals

Major Works

Lil’ Kim is known for her powerful voice and uninhibited style of rapping. Her most popular works include ‘Hard Core’ (1996), ‘The Notorious K.I.M’ (2000) and ‘La Bella Mafia’ (2003). She rose to stardom with the remake of single ‘Lady Marmalade’ for ‘Moulin Rouge’ with artists Mýa, Pink and Christina Aguilera.

Awards & Achievements

In 2002, she won the Grammy Awards for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for ‘Lady Marmalade’ with Christina Aguilera, Pink & Mýa. The same song won her several awards including the Channel [V] Thailand Music Video Awards for Popular Group Video, MVPA Awards for Best Styling and Best Soundtrack, MTV Asia Awards, Radio Music Award, and the Billboard Music Awards- Director of the Year Award that year.

Lil’Kim was awarded the MOBO – Fashion Icon Award in 2003.

In 2016, she was honoured by the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors.

Personal Life & Legacy

In her teenage years, Lil’Kim was in a relationship with Shawn Powell. They dated for a couple of years in the midst of which Powell was convicted and imprisoned for robbery. They got engaged while he was incarcerated. Lil’Kim wanted to pursue a career as a rapper and that led to the end of her relationship with Shawn Powell.

During this period she met rapper Christopher Wallace and began an off and off relationship with him. This continued until his death in 1997. At the time of Wallace’s death, she was pregnant with his child, however, she decided not to keep this child and spoke to the media about this much later.

In 2002, she began dating Damion "World" Hardy, who was known to be involved in drug dealing. Lil’ Kim has stated that she suffered physical abuse in the relationship and subsequently the couple split a year later, in 2003.

In 2004, she began a relationship with record producer Scott Storch; however they parted ways after two months.

In 2007, she was romantically involved with singer, songwriter and television personality, Ray J, and has a daughter with him

Later, she began a relationship with the rapper, Mr. Papers. She has a daughter named Royal Reign (born in 2014) with him.

She has been actively involved for several humanitarian, such as helping people with HIV /AIDS, raising funds for the United Ways September 11th Fund and supporting causes that promote breast cancer research and treatment. She has been an LGBT advocate from a long time.

Controversy

Lil’ Kim was in trouble when on February 26, 2001, gunshots were fired outside a New York radio station, where she was promoting her album. The altercation resulted in a man being shot and wounded. Upon repeated questioning she denied having any connections with the party that opened fire.

On July 6, 2005, she was convicted for perjury and conspiracy for lying about her involvement to law officials and a grand jury. Though she faced up to 20 years of imprisonment, she was sentenced to a jail term of 366 days and was fined for USD 50000.

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Lil’ Kim awards

YearNameAward

Other

2000VIBE Black Music Month Salute Award
2001MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year
2001MTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Film
2001My VH1 Music Award for Favorite Video
2001My VH1 Music Award for Is It Hot In Here Or Is It Just My Video?
2001Teen Choice Award for Choice Song of the Summer
2001Radio Music Award for Top 40 Pop Radio Song of the Year
2001TMF Award (Belgium) for Video of the Year
2001TMF Award (Netherlands) for Video of the Year
2002MTV Video Music Award Japan for Best Video from a Film
2002Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals
2002ALMA Award for Outstanding Song - Motion Picture Soundtrack
2002ASCAP Music Award for Song of the Year
2002MVPA Video Award for Best Styling In A Video
1997 - Soul Train Lady of Soul Award for Best Video by a Female - Rap/R&B
1998 - MTV Video Music Award for Viewer's Choice
1999 - New York Award

Lil’ Kim biography timelines

  • // 11th Jul 1975
    Lil’ Kim was born Kimberly Denise Jones on 11 July 1975 at Brooklyn, New York, to Linwood Jones and Ruby Jones. Her father was a former US marine. She has an older brother named Christopher.
  • // 1994
    During her teen years she was introduced to The Notorious B.I.G. aka Biggie Smalls, who played a key role in her personal and artistic life. In 1994, he was instrumental in initiating and promoting the Brooklyn-based group, Junior M.A.F.I.A which she was part of.
  • // 1995
    ‘Conspiracy’, the first album of the group was released in 1995 to moderate reviews. Lil’ Kim came into the limelight with the album’s single ‘Player’s Anthem’. Her voice was appreciated by the industry.
  • // 1996 To 2001
    In 1996, she released, ‘Hard Core’, her debut work as a solo artist. Her unapologetic style and lyrical wordplay made the album a success. The album debuted at No.11 on the Billboard 200, which was the highest debut for a female rapper at the time. The album went on to be certified double Platinum by the RIAA in 2001.
  • // 1996 To 2003
    Lil’ Kim is known for her powerful voice and uninhibited style of rapping. Her most popular works include ‘Hard Core’ (1996), ‘The Notorious K.I.M’ (2000) and ‘La Bella Mafia’ (2003). She rose to stardom with the remake of single ‘Lady Marmalade’ for ‘Moulin Rouge’ with artists Mýa, Pink and Christina Aguilera.
  • // 1997
    During this period she met rapper Christopher Wallace and began an off and off relationship with him. This continued until his death in 1997. At the time of Wallace’s death, she was pregnant with his child, however, she decided not to keep this child and spoke to the media about this much later.
  • // 1998
    In 1998, she was signed by agency Wilhelmina Models. She was also made the face of fashion brand ‘Brandy’, making her the first rapper to endorse the brand till date. Other brands that she has worked with include cosmetics brand MAC, clothing brand, Old Navy, AOl Internet Service.
  • // 2000
    In 2000, she released her second album Notorious K.I.M. The album though not as successful as her debut album, was listed on the Billboard 200 at No.4. It was certified Platinum by the RIAA after four weeks of its release.
  • // 2001
    In 2001, she along with Christina Aguilera, Pink, and Mýa teamed up for the remake of Patti Labelle's "Lady Marmalade" for the soundtrack of ‘Moulin Rouge’. The single was an immense hit and also won several awards that year including the Grammys. With the success of this project, she became one of the most sought after rappers of the time.
  • // 26th Feb 2001
    Lil’ Kim was in trouble when on February 26, 2001, gunshots were fired outside a New York radio station, where she was promoting her album. The altercation resulted in a man being shot and wounded. Upon repeated questioning she denied having any connections with the party that opened fire.
  • // 2002
    In 2002, she won the Grammy Awards for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for ‘Lady Marmalade’ with Christina Aguilera, Pink & Mýa. The same song won her several awards including the Channel [V] Thailand Music Video Awards for Popular Group Video, MVPA Awards for Best Styling and Best Soundtrack, MTV Asia Awards, Radio Music Award, and the Billboard Music Awards- Director of the Year Award that year.
  • // 2002 To 2003
    In 2002, she began dating Damion "World" Hardy, who was known to be involved in drug dealing. Lil’ Kim has stated that she suffered physical abuse in the relationship and subsequently the couple split a year later, in 2003.
  • // 2003
    In 2003, she released her album, ‘La Bella Mafia’, featuring Kanye West, Timbaland and Missy Elliot. She also collaborated with Christina Aguilera for a song ‘Can’t Hold Us Down’ from the latter’s album ‘Stripped’.
  • // 2003
    Lil’Kim was awarded the MOBO – Fashion Icon Award in 2003.
  • // 2004
    The following year she made a cover recording for ‘These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ that went on to be utilized for Victoria Gotti's series ‘Growing up Gotti’. She was also featured in Beyonce’s ‘Naughty Girl’ in 2004.
  • // 2004
    In 2004, she also inaugurated her designer watch collection by the name ‘Royalty by Lil' Kim’. Her clothing line was also released with the title ‘Hollyhood’. Soon after, she got associated with shoe brand Petite Peton.
  • // 2004
    In 2004, she began a relationship with record producer Scott Storch; however they parted ways after two months.
  • // 2005
    Her next album ‘The Naked Truth’ was released in 2005, while she was serving a prison sentence. She received a 5 mic rating from ‘The Source’, making her the only female rapper to ever receive the rating.
  • // 6th Jul 2005
    On July 6, 2005, she was convicted for perjury and conspiracy for lying about her involvement to law officials and a grand jury. Though she faced up to 20 years of imprisonment, she was sentenced to a jail term of 366 days and was fined for USD 50000.
  • // 9th Mar 2006
    On March 9, 2006, BET telecasted her last 14 days of freedom prior to being jailed for a 366 days sentence, as a six part series titled ‘Lil' Kim: Countdown to Lockdown’.
  • // 2007 To 2008
    In 2007 and 2008, she made appearances as a judge on shows ‘The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll’ and ‘Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious’.
  • // 2007
    In 2007, she was romantically involved with singer, songwriter and television personality, Ray J, and has a daughter with him
  • // 2008
    In 2008, she announced her dissociation with Atlantic Records, and also released her debut mixtape titled ‘Ms. G.O.A.T’. The album received positive reviews.
  • // 2009 To 2010
    In 2009, she appeared on the eighth season of the reality show ‘Dancing with the Stars’. She was paired with dancer Derek Hough and ended up in the fifth place. The following year she began her 2010 tour covering Canada, Europe and the U.S.
  • // 2010
    In 2010, she along with her cousin Katrise Jones opened their beauty salon ‘Salon Se Swa’ at North Carolina. This was followed by the release of her second line of clothing ‘24/7 Goddess Collection’.
  • // 2011
    In 2011, she released her second mixtape ‘Black Friday’. The mixtape did not receive positive reviews. The same year she travelled to South Africa to perform as part of the Zarfest music festival as well to Australia for the WinterBeatz Festival. She also released the single ‘I Am Not the One’ in November that year.
  • // 2012
    She released the song ‘If You Love Me’, for her fans on Valentine’s Day 2012. In May 2012, she started her Return of the Queen Tour and it received fairly good reviews. The same year she also signed budding rapper Tiffany Foxx onto her label IRS Records.
  • // 2013 To 2016
    Though her third mixtape was set to be released in 2013, it got delayed due to several reasons. Therefore, she released certain singles like ‘Dead Gal Walking’ and ‘’ Kimmy Blanco’ for the public. Later in 2014, the Hard Core mixtape was released as a free download on her official website. In 2016, her fourth mixtape ‘Lil Kim Season’ was released.
  • // 2014
    Later, she began a relationship with the rapper, Mr. Papers. She has a daughter named Royal Reign (born in 2014) with him.
  • // 2016
    In 2016, she was honoured by the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors.
  • // 2017
    In 2017, she is expected to be featured in the song ‘Lovin You for Life’ of Faith Evan’s album ‘The King & I’. She has also announced that she is working on a new album in association with Cardi B and Remy Ma. Other releases include the follow up mixtape for Lil Kim Season, entitled Lil Kim Season 2: The Originals

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    Lil’ Kim was born at 1975-07-11

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    Lil’ Kim was born in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

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    Lil’ Kim's nationalities is American

  • Who is Lil’ Kim spouses?

    Lil’ Kim's spouses is Mr. Papers

  • Who is Lil’ Kim siblings?

    Lil’ Kim's siblings is Christopher

  • How tall is Lil’ Kim?

    Lil’ Kim's height is 150

  • Who is Lil’ Kim's father?

    Lil’ Kim's father is Linwood Jones

  • Who is Lil’ Kim's mother?

    Lil’ Kim's mother is Ruby Jones

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