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