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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
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Stations Featuring
Lil' Kim

    '90s Hip-Hop

    '90s Hip-Hop
    3 songs

    '00s Hip-Hop

    '00s Hip-Hop
    3 songs

Albums by
Lil' Kim

Top Songs by
Lil' Kim

  1.   Song
  2.   Magic Stick
  3.   How Many Licks?
  4.   Crush on You
  5.   Not Tonight
  6.   Big Momma Thang
  7.   The Jump Off
  8.   Drugs
  9.   No Time
  10.   Queen B@$#H
  11.   Download
  12.   Lighters Up
  13.   Notorious Kim
  14.   I'm Human
  15.   Whoa
  16.   Get in Touch With Us
  17.   She Don't Love You
  18.   Shake Ya Bum Bum
  19.   Right Now
  20.   Suicide by French Montana
  21.   Aunt Dot
  22.   **** You
  23.   Migo
  24.   Dead Gal Walking
  25.   Came Back for You
  26.   Tha Beehive
  27.   Doing It Way Big
  28.   No Matter What They Say
  29.   Lil' Drummer Boy
  30.   Spend a Little Doe
  31.   Black Friday
  32.   Last Day
  33.   Thug Luv
  34.   (When Kim Say) Can You Hear Me Now?
  35.   Hold On
  36.   Queen Bitch, Pt. 2
  37.   Suck My D**K
  38.   Shut Up
  39.   Intro in a-Minor
  40.   Get Yours
  41.   Slippin
  42.   Shut Up B***h
  43.   Spell Check
  44.   Can't F**k With Queen Bee featuring Full Force
  45.   Hold It Now
  46.   Off the Wall
  47.   We Don't Need It
  48.   Dreams
  49.   Scheamin'
  50.   Take It!
  51.   Whenever You See
  52.   Kronik
  53.   Durty
  54.   All Good
  55.   Heavenly Father
  56.   This Is Who I Am
  57.   Revolution featuring Grace Jones
  58.   Single Black Female
  59.   Who's Number One?
  60.   Money Talks by Andrea Martin
  61.   Player Haters
  62.   Do What You Like
  63.   Pussy Callin by Lil' Boosie
  64.   Lights Camera Action
  65.   Buy U Music by Keri Hilson
  66.   Can't F*** With Queen Bee
  67.   Winners and Losers
  68.   Kitty Box
  69.   We Don't Give a F**k
  70.   Answering Maching Skit 2
  71.   Quiet
  72.   I Know You See Me
  73.   This Is a Warning
  74.   Hollyhood Skit
  75.   Intro by Full Force
  76.   Time to Shine by Mona Lisa
  77.   Stadium Music by Yo Gotti
  78.   Kimmie Blanco
  79.   Hustle Hard
  80.   Cheatin
  81.   Grindin Makin Money featuring Birdman
  82.   Freestyle
  83.   Gimme That
  84.   W.P.I.M.P.
  85.   Answering Machine Skit 1
  86.   Don't Mess with Me
  87.   Custom Made (Give It to You)
  88.   M.A.F.I.A. Land
  89.   Real Sick by Jadakiss
  90.   Work the Pole
  91.   Haterz
  92.   Identity Theft (Nicki Minaj Diss)
  93.   Trendsetter
  94.   Gimme Brain
  95.   Clap Clap
  96.   Faded by Rick Ross
  97.   Pissin on Em
  98.   IRS