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Lil' Kim

After making her presence known on Junior M.A.F.I.A.'s debut album, Conspiracy, Lil' Kim launched a solo career in 1996 with the release of her first record, Hard Core. As the album's title implies, Kim was a rarity among female rappers -- one who not only concentrated on edgy hardcore rap but also explicit sexuality, two territories that had long been the province of male rappers. Of course, Kim's near-pornographic sexuality and hard-edged rhythms made her an anomaly within hip-hop, but Hard Core proved that she was no novelty, as it garnered positive reviews and strong sales.

A native of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, Lil' Kim was raised by her parents until they split up when she was nine years old. Following their separation, she lived with her father, yet he threw her out of the house when she was a teenager. As a teen, she lived with her friends and, occasionally, on the streets. Eventually, she and her rhyming skills came to the attention of Biggie Smalls, who helped her cultivate her career. Smalls helped her become a member of Junior M.A.F.I.A., and Kim was a key part of the group's hit debut single, "Player's Anthem." Kim also made a big impression on the remainder of Junior M.A.F.I.A.'s 1995 debut album, Conspiracy.

Following the release of Conspiracy, Kim appeared on records by Mona Lisa, the Isley Brothers, Total, and Skin Deep. For her debut album, she worked with a variety of producers, including Sean "Puffy" Combs, High Class, Jermaine Dupri, and Ski. The result, entitled Hard Core, was released in late 1996. Kim's marketing campaign for the album was quite provocative -- she was dressed in a skimpy bikini and furs in the advertisements, as well as the album covers -- but instead of resulting in a backlash, the album became a hit, debuting at number 11 on the pop charts. The first single from the album, "No Time," a duet with Sean "Puffy" Combs, became a number one rap single. The long-awaited Notorious K.I.M. followed in 2000, and then came La Bella Mafia in 2003.

Two years later Kim was in court defending herself against a perjury charge. She was eventually convicted of lying to a federal grand jury about her knowledge of a 2001 shooting outside of New York's influential radio station Hot 97 FM. Kim had claimed she wasn't aware that her manager and a friend were present, but surveillance cameras proved the two were there. In September of that year, the new album The Naked Truth appeared while its "Lighters Up" single was dominating urban radio. Documenting the rapper's preparations for incarceration, the BET reality show Lil' Kim: Countdown to Lockdown first aired in March 2006 and became the most watched series debut in the network's history.

On July 3, 2006, she was released on good behavior after serving ten months of her 12-month sentence. Kim exited the prison in a silver Rolls-Royce. She quickly returned to the music scene in 2007, participating in a number of remixes, collaborations, and concert appearances with the likes of Diddy, Keyshia Cole, Missy Elliott, and 50 Cent, among others. The following year, Kim released Ms. G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time), which was produced by Mister Cee, Lance Rivera, the Trackmasters, and DJ Whookid. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Comments

Channell Benjamin lilkim baby face
Go f**k yourself b**ches! BROKE BACK Marlett sucks!
c4irvin
L
Stupid
Go f**k yourself b**ches!
yall really being slow cause dont none of theses artist you comment on give a care about what you say about them on your comment box........I ' M JUST BEING HONEST!
Kim your one of a kind
Lil Kim is the best n 1st female rapper!! Paved the path 4 Nikki minaj, but only my girl kim is keeping it real ....
Lil moe, lil kim and foxy Brown. .line up those sexy broads. Bad b**ches
We
Erbody wana talk about kim.but aint nonthn soft about kim-
Wet. Moo.
I love You Lil`kim
Not Tonight.. My effin ish!
Lil' Kim is f**cking sexy
c4irvin
Lo
I love lil' Kim she is the best
Straight up after hearing this hard s**t how can you go back to listening to nicki minaj ? Classic
I like both so yall can shut the f**k up and stop being so judgemental they dont care what you think.!!!!!!
Mrbrb shut the f**k up brah u can't even spell wit ur dumb a**
�� lil Kim
If it wasent for lil kim u would never know about nicki . Lil kim made the way for most of these female rappers. Show some respect! !!!
kelliekellie 1 5 0
J.F.B for life..lmao
No time!
Operate calm down with ur language lmfao....... .


So old... Get a new life maybe a docter get out of hip hop u ain't in style no more everyone forgot about you probably even ur manger lmfao get a new life please just not ur style so kool ur retired but also to u guys be careful with ur language so e of yall under 11
F**k you b**ch b**ch f**k your self
Bitchsssss
Y'all know y'all like her on the low low
Y'all hate on minaj and she just the same as little Kim so shut the f**k off I'm f**king mad and I want to f**k all if y'all heaters up
We love Kim she da b**ch and y'all hopping on her dick like hop off y'all thots
I like Kim cuz she not worried bout none of y'all people that's talking bout her she don't give a f**k about y'all y'all mad whack on her dick like s**t the f**k down and shut the hell up
Do right the first time or u gota do it over.like its rehearsal 4 a tootsie comercial.. (damn queen)
How many licks
I got mad respect foe lil Kim nicki minaj iz wack
Nicki is awesome lil Kim is ok she got her good music but nicki got that s**t going on she big in music
Go Lil Kim F**k Nicki Minaj Hahahahaha
Go lil kim
Killed it on black Friday <3 Kims a way better rapper than nicki, that b**ch be making no f**king sense sometimes, no lie, but honestly it's only the beat that's catchy that makes you guys like her music, they fun to jam to but they ight though. I guess lil Kim was right when she said that nickis just performing that's why she getting the applause. Lol
-- P . s - Who makes a song called stupid hoe ? b**ch you a stupid hoe, damn, the music industry puts anybody's now a days lol
yaniij01
LOL KIM THE QUEEN BEE!!!!!
hersch
F6
Your jealous that you can't twerk and ur aren't famous and not beautiful @rehtse Wat ever the F**K the rest of ur name is
You people are immature to like this stuff. Not everything is about swearing, drugs, drinking, having sex and twerking!! Geez. If you love this stuff just go out and be a slut like Nicki Minaj and Lil' Kim
Beat goes hard!!!2014!
Nikki is fake as her body is! She's a LIL KIM want be.
Lil Kim is my b**ch! She is the best female rapper alive.
Kim is raw and real y'all, she was spitting out s**t that was from inside... About herself, her hood and life.
Only one Queen lil Kim nicki a** eveybody
Why are the Nicki fans that hate Kim on her Radio station.
Her Delivery is CRAZY!!!!
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