Lil' Kim
Rapper, actress, model
Lil' Kim
Kimberly Denise Jones, known by her stage name Lil' Kim, is an American rapper and actress. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, living much of her adolescent life on the streets after being expelled from home. As a teenager, Kim would rap for fun, being heavily influenced by other female MC'S like MC Lyte and Lady of Rage. When word got to The Notorious B.I.G. that she could rhyme, he made her perform a freestyle for him on the spot.
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This Single Guy’s ‘Couples Costumes’ Are Absolute Genius
Huffington Post - 5 months
You don’t actually need to be part of a couple to pull off an amazing, next-level couples costumes this Halloween. Take it from this guy:  Just watching our wedding video. #happyhalloween #demimoore #patrickswayze #ghost #costume A photo posted by paolobanger (@paolobanger) on Oct 31, 2015 at 4:53pm PDT Meet Paolo Banger Solarte, a 30-year-old producer in New York City who made the inspired choice to dress up as both Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze in “Ghost” for Halloween last year.  “I always like to bring a touch of nostalgia and comedy to my costumes,” he told The Huffington Post. “With this one in particular, someone had just randomly sent me the Whoopi Goldberg ‘Molly, you in danger, girl’ gif one day and I laughed. A light switched on in my head and I was, like, ‘Ah HA! Wouldn’t it be funny if I was Demi and Swayze?” “Once I get an idea, I stick to it. No matter how hard it is,” Solarte told HuffPost. He’s not kiddin ...
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This Single Guy’s ‘Couples Costumes’ Are Absolute Genius
Huffington Post - 5 months
You don’t actually need to be part of a couple to pull off an amazing, next-level couples costumes this Halloween. Take it from this guy:  Just watching our wedding video. #happyhalloween #demimoore #patrickswayze #ghost #costume A photo posted by paolobanger (@paolobanger) on Oct 31, 2015 at 4:53pm PDT Meet Paolo Banger Solarte, a 30-year-old producer in New York City who made the inspired choice to dress up as both Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze in “Ghost” for Halloween last year.  “I always like to bring a touch of nostalgia and comedy to my costumes,” he told The Huffington Post. “With this one in particular, someone had just randomly sent me the Whoopi Goldberg ‘Molly, you in danger, girl’ gif one day and I laughed. A light switched on in my head and I was, like, ‘Ah HA! Wouldn’t it be funny if I was Demi and Swayze?” “Once I get an idea, I stick to it. No matter how hard it is,” Solarte told HuffPost. He’s not kiddin ...
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Most-anticipated music shows worldwide for fall 2016
Yahoo News - 7 months
The weather might be getting cooler, but the anticipation for some of this year's eagerly-awaited music shows is heating up. Whether you're a rocker, a popper or a rapper, fall has some exciting performances (and even some music-based movies) lined up. Kicking off on August 25, Puff Daddy will be taking the Bad Boy Records family on tour, featuring performances of the record label's greatest hits by Lil' Kim, MASE, Faith Evans, Mario Winans, 112, Total, Carl Thomas, The Lox, French Montana and Puff Daddy himself.
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VH1 celebrated hip hop's leading ladies - 8 months
The pioneering ladies of rap music were feted on Monday by music network VH1, as Lil Kim, Queen Latifah, Salt-n-Pepa and Missy Elliot were celebrated for their trendsetting music, style and relevance to the hip-hop culture.
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VH1 celebrated hip hop's leading ladies - 8 months
Female rap pioneers, Queen Latifah, Lil Kim, Salt-n-Pepa and Missy Elliot are honored at the channel’s Hip Hop Honors award show. Alicia Powell reports.
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Lil' Kim's New Jersey Mansion Faces Foreclosure Danger
Fox News - 9 months
Rapper Lil' Kim has stopped paying the hefty monthly mortgage on her New Jersey mansion, and the luxury home is in danger of going into foreclosure. The post Lil' Kim's New Jersey Mansion Faces Foreclosure Danger appeared first on Real Estate News and Advice -
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Puff Daddy, Lil Kim, Mase reunite for Bad Boy reunion tour
Yahoo News - 10 months
NEW YORK (AP) — Puff Daddy is reuniting with Lil Kim, Mase, Faith Evans and more for a Bad Boy Records reunion tour this summer.
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5 Reasons Why Women Should Nap
Huffington Post - 10 months
Winston Churchill, Lyndon B. Johnson, Napoleon Bonaparte, John F. Kennedy, Thomas Edison, Stonewall Jackson, Ronald Reagan and Salvador Dali were napping enthusiasts, proving that the nap is a powerful tool for...powerful men. When I searched Google for "influential women nappers" I got Lauryn Hill, Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim. Apparently hypnogogic siestas are responsible for some dope rhythmic and rhyming chanted speech. The only other slammin' female napper I could find was Eleanor Roosevelt, who enjoyed a lovely catnap before speaking engagements. (They didn't call her the First Lady of firsts for nothing. I believe it was she who introduced the mic drop.) Are we to believe that women shouldn't nap--that we would not benefit from a mental breather in the middle of a hectic day? Aw, hell, who wouldn't gain from lying down, closing one's eyes, clearing one's mind and drifting off to a restorative island of content and thoughtlessness--a floaty, calm and gentle slumber. But you know w ...
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Lil’ Kim Photos Spark Debate Over Women of Color’s Pressure to Meet Beauty Standards
ABC News - 10 months
Lil' Kim's new lighter skin and blonde hair look is making waves in the American beauty scene.
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Fans stunned by Lil' Kim's new look
CNN - 10 months
Culture critic Michaela Davis says the new images of rapper Lil' Kim are startling and reinforce unattainable beauty standards.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lil' Kim
  • 2016
    Age 40
    Her 5th upcoming mixtape, " Lil Kim Season 2:The Originals " is expected to be released in December 2016 along with her highly anticipated 5th studio album.
    More Details Hide Details In 1998, Jones signed to Wilhelmina Models. That same year she was announced as the face for the fashion brand Candie's alongside Brandy. She became the first and only rapper to endorse the brand to date. In 2000, Jones signed a deal with fashion house Iceberg, and also with cosmetics brand MAC to help endorse their VIVA GLAM line of lipsticks and lip glosses alongside Mary J. Blige. The MAC VIVA GLAM III campaign, which was built around a plum-brown lipstick, helped raise $4 million for the company in one year and became the most successful VIVA GLAM campaign to date. Due to the success, the two signed on for a second year. The rapper also modeled for the urban fashion line Baby Phat in August 2000. In March 2001, Jones, along with several other artists, featured in a commercial for Apple's Mac computers. It highlighted how users can burn custom CD's on their Mac. In 2003, Jones became the spokesperson for American clothing brand Old Navy. That same year her song "The Jump Off" was used in a commercial for AOL's dial up Internet service.
    On March 2016, Jones 4th mixtape Lil Kim Season was released.
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  • 2014
    Age 38
    In 2014, Jones was included in Billboards list of the "31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop".
    More Details Hide Details That same year, Jones was named the #1 brand dropping artist in hip hop. Headlining Joint tours
    On August 2, 2014, Jones announced via her Twitter page a concert tour for her much anticipated Hardcore Mixtape.
    More Details Hide Details Details have yet to surface about concert dates or locations. Throughout the remainder of the month of August, Jones released a number of songs via her Twit Music account: A remix to Beyoncé's and Nicki Minaj's collaboration of "Flawless" (August 4), "Identity Theft" (August 6), A freestyle entitled "Hot Nigga" (August 7),a freestyle to "No Flex Zone" by Rae Sremmurd (August 26), and a remix to Iggy Azalea's "Fancy". On September 11, 2014, the Hard Core mixtape was released as free download on Kim's official website. In an interview with Revolt TV on the same day, Jones revealed that she, Iggy Azalea, and Rapper T.I. will be collaborating on a song sometime in the future, citing "I don't know if it's going to be for my album or if we're just going to…we have other plans for it as well. But, I think we're going to do a double release." In the same interview, she explained the reasons why the mixtape was pushed back twice, stating "When this project was supposed to come out I had got pregnant. I didn't know. … Once I became fully pregnant, I was working in the studio but at one point I couldn't work anymore, obviously,".
    On June 9, 2014, Jones gave birth to a baby girl, named Royal Reign.
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    On February 18, 2014, Jones released another single from Hard Core Mixtape 2k14.
    More Details Hide Details The single, entitled "Haterz," features lyrics by Jones and rapper B-Ford and was released on her Twit Music page where fans could download it. In April, the single was released on iTunes.
    On January 17, 2014, Canadian make-up artist and photographer Samantha Ravndahl filed a lawsuit against Jones, claiming that Jones had stolen an image from her Reddit page to use for her "Dead Gal Walking" single artwork.
    More Details Hide Details Ravndahl first tried amicably resolving the issue soon after the single was released in November by asking Jones to remove the image from her social media sites, but after continued social media posts containing the artwork, she followed through with a lawsuit. The stolen image depicts Ravndahl herself modeling a "zombie-style" make-up design of her own creation. In the lawsuit complaint, Ravndahl's attorney's claim that: "Ravndahl believes that Lil' Kim, acting through her agent, Whosay, Inc., slapped Lil' Kim's name and copyright notice over Ravndahl's face and makeup design on Ravndahl's photograph before distributing it all over the web." The case has been filed through a Federal District Court in California and Ravndahl is seeking $150,000 in damages from Jones, plus attorney fees. A jury is being requested in the trial. Jones has not made any public statements concerning the issue other than crediting her graphic designer on her Twitter page, as well as stating in an interview to XXL magazine, "I don't know what the heck is going on, if there were something going on, my team would know better than I would. You have to get that from my team because I really don't know what's going on."
  • 2013
    Age 37
    In 2013, Storch revealed that he would've married Jones if the relationship had worked out.
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    On July 26, 2013 Jones announced and released the cover art for a new mixtape entitled Hard Core 2K13, which will also serve as a sequel to her critically acclaimed debut album, Hard Core.
    More Details Hide Details The mixtape was originally set to be released on October 31, 2013, but for unknown reasons, was pushed back. To make up for not releasing the mixtape, Jones released the singles "Dead Gal Walking" and "Kimmy Blanco" to the public, along with the tracklist. The tracklist revealed collaborations with French Montana, Miley Cyrus, Jadakiss and Yo Gotti.
    On July 11, 2013, Jones released the Rockwilder produced single "Looks Like Money" as a free download to her fans on her birthday.
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    During an interview with XXL on April 26, 2013, Jones revealed that she does not have a name for the album yet, but the first official single would be out by mid year.
    More Details Hide Details Jones described the single, produced by Bangladesh, as "different" and "sweet dessert".
    On March 6, 2013, Jones returned to Rap Fix Live and revealed that Bangladesh would be executive producing her album with her, and that she had signed a business deal with former Chairman and CEO of EMI Records, Charles Koppelman. however Bangladesh later stated in an interview that "didn't think it was going to work out."
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  • 2012
    Age 36
    It was also revealed in 2012 that Jones had signed upcoming female rapper Tiffany Foxx to her label, IRS Records.
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    Jones kicked off her Return of the Queen Tour on May 17, 2012 to positive reviews.
    More Details Hide Details In a radio interview at 99 Jamz, Jones stated that her upcoming book, The Price of Loyalty, is on hold to coincide with the release of her new album.
    In March 2012, during an interview with MTV's Sucker Free, Jones revealed that contract issues with production duo Trackmasters were the reason behind her album delay, saying " contractually, by the courts, I could not record any music – I wasn't supposed to put any music out."
    More Details Hide Details On March 23, 2012, the song "Keys to the City", a collaboration with Young Jeezy, was leaked to the Internet. Jones first mentioned the song during an interview with MTV's RapFix, saying "I have a song with another celebrity person that I know the world and my fans are gonna love... It's vintage Kim mixed with the new Kim." During the same RapFix interview, Jones also revealed another song, titled "I'm Ready", which she hopes to do with rapper 50 Cent. Jones also commented on the direction of her music, saying she was in "Kanye West mode", adding " You do whatever you want to do it's all about taking chances".
    On Valentine's Day, 2012, Jones released the song "If You Love Me" produced by "Prince Saheb" of Knockout Entertainment as a gift to her fans.
    More Details Hide Details That same month it was announced she would make her return to the stage on BET's Rip the Runway. It marked her first televised performance in years.
  • 2011
    Age 35
    In the summer of 2011, Jones began recording material for her fifth studio album, as a restriction banning her from releasing new material as a result of her settlement with Trackmasters was lifted.
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    On November 28, 2011, Jones released a buzz single called "I Am Not the One".
    More Details Hide Details She also announced that she would release an EP, but it was later shelved for unknown reasons.
    In August 2011, Jones performed four dates in Australia as part of the WinterBeatz Festival alongside Fabolous, Mario, 50 Cent and G-Unit.
    More Details Hide Details During the August, 17 date in Perth, she joined 50 Cent on stage for a performance of "Magic Stick". It marked the first time the pair had performed the song together.
    On June 19, 2011, Jones performed alongside G-Unit member Shawty Lo and hinted a possible working relationship with G-Unit Records.
    More Details Hide Details That same month the song Jones, along with Rick Ross, was featured on titled "Anything (To Find You)", by R&B singer Monica was leaked. The song, which samples The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Who Shot Ya? ", initially featured just Jones, but her second verse was removed to make room for Ross. Her vocals were then removed fully due to contractual issues with B.I.G.'s estate.
    In May 2011, Jones performed in South Africa as part of the music festival ZarFest alongside Fat Joe, Timbaland and Ciara.
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    Jones released her second mixtape, Black Friday, on February 14, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details The video for the title track was released on February 16, 2011. The mixtape received mostly negative reviews from critics. It was made available for purchase via PayPal with the first 100,000 copies sold being signed by the rapper.
  • 2010
    Age 34
    In June 2010, Jones started her 2010 Tour, her first headlining tour since 2000.
    More Details Hide Details It took her across the US, as well as Canada and Europe.
    On February 16, 2010, the Ludacris song "Hey Ho", which featured Jones and Lil Fate, was released as a promo single for his seventh studio album Battle of the Sexes.
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  • 2009
    Age 33
    She was paired with professional dancer Derek Hough until the dance couple was eliminated on May 5, 2009 against Ty Murray and his partner Chelsie Hightower, putting her at fifth place from all thirteen contestants that season.
    More Details Hide Details Her elimination was met by many boos from the audience, as she was a consistent high-scorer and a fan favorite.
    Jones appeared on the eighth season of reality series Dancing with the Stars, which began airing on March 9, 2009.
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    On March 24, 2009, she released the song "Download" featuring R&B singers T-Pain and Charlie Wilson.
    More Details Hide Details It was written by Jones and T-Pain and produced by Trackmasters. The song samples "Computer Love" by Zapp. Although it missed the Hot 100, it did chart on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, peaking at number 21.
    On March 10, 2009, the song "Girls" by Korean singer Seven featuring Jones was released through digital stores as his U.S. debut single.
    More Details Hide Details Jones appeared in the music video that was released on the same day. "Girls" was produced by Darkchild.
  • 2008
    Age 32
    Jones released her first mixtape, Ms. G.O.A.T., an acronym for "Greatest of All Time", on June 3, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details It was produced by New York City DJs Mister Cee and DJ Whoo Kid. Among critics, the mixtape received generally positive reviews. It has been called a representation of Jones's return to the streets. Tito Salinas of All Hip Hop says "Lil' Kim shows that her time behind bars did not rust all of her swag away" on Ms. G.O.A.T. On the other hand, Ehren Gresehover of New York Mag says that although one of the tracks "The Miseducation of Lil' Kim" is not bad, he wished that it was Lauryn Hill who was making a comeback instead.
    In January 2008, Jones announced that she had parted ways with Atlantic Records, choosing to release future projects independently.
    More Details Hide Details She stated she had no hard feelings towards Atlantic but felt more comfortable in her knowledge of the music business to do it alone.
  • 2007
    Age 31
    In 2007, Jones and Ray J briefly dated.
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    She also made appearances on the show The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll and Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious in 2007 and 2008 as a judge.
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  • 2006
    Age 30
    Jones, Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Register #56198-054, was released from BOP supervision on August 2, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Jones released her fourth album, The Naked Truth, on September 27, 2005, while serving a federal prison sentence. It earned her a 5 mic rating from The Source, making her the only female rapper to ever receive a 5 mic rating. The album debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 109,000 copies in its first week of release, giving Jones her third Top 10 debut on the chart. The Naked Truth did not sell as well as her previous works, it only managed to reach a Gold certification by RIAA. She said that her prison sentence left her with no time to promote the project. The music video for The Naked Truth first single, "Lighters Up", was number one on BET's 106 & Park for two weeks. "Lighters Up" was a Top Ten hit on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. The single also reached No. 67 on the German Single Chart, No. 12 on the UK Top 75 and No. 4 on the Finland Single Chart. The second single, "Whoa" was released on February 17, 2006. It reached No. 22 on Airplay.
    She was released on July 3, 2006, after serving approximately 12 months.
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    On August 31, 2006, Jones presented the award for Best Male Video at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards, it marked her first televised appearance since being released from prison.
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    The Dance Remixes, her first compilation album was released on June 6, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details The album featured remixes of songs from The Naked Truth and Hard Core. A limited pressing released only in the US, it received no promotion, due to Jones being in prison at the time of release, and failed to chart.
    In May 2006, Debbie Harry released a song in tribute to Jones called "Dirty and Deep" in protest of her conviction.
    More Details Hide Details The song was available for free from her official website.
    On March 9, 2006, BET premiered the show Lil' Kim: Countdown to Lockdown, which was filmed before Jones headed to prison.
    More Details Hide Details The show became the highest rated premiere in BET history, averaging 1.9 million viewers.
  • 2005
    Age 29
    In July 2005, Jones was sentenced to a one-year and a day in prison, thirty days home detention upon release from custody, and three years of probation.
    More Details Hide Details She served the entirety of her sentence at the Federal Detention Center, Philadelphia in Center City, Philadelphia.
    On March 17, 2005, Jones was convicted of three counts of conspiracy and one count of perjury for lying to a Federal grand jury about her and her friends' involvement in a 2001 shooting outside the Hot 97 studios in Manhattan.
    More Details Hide Details During the trial of her co-manager, Damion "D-Roc" Butler, and her bodyguard, Suif "Gutta" Jackson, a former member of the hip-hop group Junior M.A.F.I.A, she testified not to have known they were at the scene. However, video footage from a security camera placed all three at the scene, exiting the building. This directly contravened testimony before the grand jury. Butler and Jackson have since pleaded guilty to gun charges. Jackson was sentenced, in U.S. District Court, to twelve years in federal prison as part of plea bargain in which he admitted to firing at least twenty rounds during the incident. The length of the sentence was said to have been influenced by his previous gun-related convictions.
  • 2004
    Age 28
    In 2004, Jones dated record producer Scott Storch.
    More Details Hide Details The two met when Storch offered Jones a ride to her hotel. The couple split after only 2 months together.
    In December 2004, Jones began recording a pilot for a VH1 reality show titled 718 Makeover.
    More Details Hide Details The 718 in the title is the area code for Brooklyn, where Jones grew up. The show never made it to air.
    In 2004, Jones recorded a cover of "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" which was used as the opening theme for Victoria Gotti's reality series Growing Up Gotti.
    More Details Hide Details The same year Jones was featured on the remix of "Naughty Girl" by Beyoncé Knowles.
    On August 24, 2004, Jones encouraged others to vote in the United States presidential election through the Rock the Vote campaign.
    More Details Hide Details On March 10, 2005, Jones, along with several other artists, appeared in an episode of The Apprentice. Each artist was approached by contestants to donate a "personal experience" to be auctioned off for charity through music channel Fuse's "Daily Download" program with proceeds going to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. In September 2005, Jones paired up with fashion designer, and friend, Marc Jacobs for a limited edition T-shirt line featuring images of the rapper. The shirts, titled Marc Jacobs Loves Lil' Kim, were sold exclusively at Marc Jacob stores with 100% of the proceeds going to The Door. That same year Jones donated a diamond watch from her "Royalty" watch line to the World AIDS Day eBay Auction titled "Bid 2 Beat AIDS". Proceeds went to LIFEbeat, an organization providing HIV/AIDS information to millions of young people annually. Through her foundation, Jones has given back to many, including teaming up with apparel company Mitchell & Ness and boxer Zab Judah to donate toys to underprivileged youth in Philadelphia in 2005, and teaming up with MusiCares in 2007 for a silent auction, held at the Grammys On The Hill ceremony, to help raise funds for the foundation. That same year, Jones was a part of the 4th Annual GRAMMY Charity Holiday Auction, which featured a large variety of celebrity-signed memorabilia that people could bid on through the online auction site eBay. On December 1, 2007, Jones teamed up with Preserve Our Legacy and the New Jersey Stem Cell Research and Education Foundation to put on a celebrity basketball game to raise awareness about various health issues plaguing minority communities.
  • 2003
    Age 27
    On March 4, 2003, Jones released her third studio album, La Bella Mafia.
    More Details Hide Details It debuted at number 5 on the Billboard 200, selling 166,000 copies in its first week, giving Jones her second consecutive top 5 album. The album received generally positive reviews from critics, receiving a score of 65 on Metacritic. A buzz single, "Came Back For You", was released ahead of the album, the music video for the song featured reality television personality Victoria Gotti. The first single, "The Jump Off", featuring Mr. Cheeks, peaked at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100. Follow up single, "Magic Stick", featuring 50 Cent, peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, staying there for three weeks. The song never had a commercial release or a music video, but was successful due to high radio airplay, peaking at number 1 on Billboards Airplay chart. A third US only single, "Thug Luv", featuring Twista, was released in the last quarter of 2003 at peaked at number 60 on Billboards Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The album was certified platinum in the US, selling over 1.1 million copies. Jones promoted the album with a string of concerts, which also featured DMX and Nas. Jones was nominated for five Source Awards and won two ("Female Hip-Hop Artist of the Year", and "Female Single of the Year"). The album also got two Grammy Award nominations for Best Female Rap Solo Performance ("Came Back For You") and Best Rap Collaboration ("Magic Stick").
  • 2002
    Age 26
    The song won a 2002 Grammy Award in the category of "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals".
    More Details Hide Details It ranks at number 30 on MuchMusic's 100 Best Videos. "Lady Marmalade" was also listed at number 47 on the VH1 100 Greatest songs of the 00's. Jones was ranked at #42 in Kool Moe Dee's 2003 book, There's a God on the Mic. The book ranked what he believed were the Top 50 greatest MCs of all time. In 2012, Jones was honorably listed on VH1's "100 Greatest Women In Music" at number 45, making her the 4th highest position for a female-rapper.
    In 2002, Jones started dating Damion "World" Hardy, the couple split in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details It was during this time that Jones had been a victim of physical abuse. Telling The Source in 2004 that she had suffered from black eyes, bloody lips, blood clots and even had to have an MRI. Jones also stated how she had to have multiple nose jobs due to being punched. On June 20, 2003, Jones had $250,000 worth of jewelry stolen from her while catching a flight at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport after a bag, which she intended to carry on, was mixed up with eight other pieces of her luggage. The missing jewelry was recovered 10 days later, found wrapped up in a rag in a locker room for airline employees by a United Airlines worker. On July 1, 2003, John Acheson was charged after trying to extort $25,000 from Jones in exchange for her stolen jewelry. Acheson, who was never in possession of Jones' jewelry, called Jones' lawyer, Mel Sachs, on June 23 saying he had the jewelry and would exchange it for an initial $5,000 and $20,000 at a later date. Acheson was charged with third degree attempted grand larceny, fourth degree attempted grand larceny by extortion, and attempted coercion in the second degree. In March 2004, Acheson was sentenced to five days in jail and a $500 fine after pleading guilty to a minor charge of attempted grand larceny.
    Jones released the buzz song "Whats The Word" in mid-2002.
    More Details Hide Details Despite not having an official release, it went on to peak at number 9 on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart. It would later be released on the Japan edition of her third studio album, La Bella Mafia, as a bonus track.
    In 2002, Jones recorded a new entrance theme for then World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Women's Champion Trish Stratus entitled, "Time to Rock 'n Roll", which was used during broadcasts, until Stratus' retirement.
    More Details Hide Details The single was released on WWE Anthology, a compilation of entrance theme music to various professional wrestling superstars.
    In addition, the remake won two MTV Video Music Awards including Video of the Year, and a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals at the 44th Grammy Awards in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details In 2005, she served a yearlong prison sentence for lying to a jury about her friends' involvement in a shooting four years earlier. During her incarceration, her fourth album The Naked Truth was released. She returned to the public eye in 2009 with an appearance on Dancing with the Stars. Throughout her career, Jones has sold over 15 million albums and 30 million singles worldwide and has earned many accolades for her work. Her songs "No Time", "Big Momma Thang" and "Ladies Night" were listed on Complex Magazine's "The 50 Best Rap Songs By Women", at number 24, 13 and 7, respectively. Crush On You, It's All About the Benjamins and Money, Power, Respect appear on VH1's "The 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs". In 2012, Lil' Kim was honorably listed on VH1's "100 Greatest Women In Music" list at number 45, the second highest position for a solo female hip-hop artist.
  • 2001
    Age 25
    In 2001, Jones teamed up with Christina Aguilera, Pink, and Mýa to remake "Lady Marmalade", which was originally written about a bordello in New Orleans and performed by the group Labelle (which included diva Patti LaBelle) 25 years earlier.
    More Details Hide Details The song was recorded for the Moulin Rouge! film soundtrack, released in April 2001, and stayed No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks. The song also went to No. 1 in 50 countries around the world. This was a big accomplishment for female rap, as well as for Jones, who scored her first No. 1 Hot 100 hit and became the second solo female rapper in history to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. "Lady Marmalade" also garnered Jones her first Grammy Award. Jones also performed in two international hit singles. "In the Air Tonite", a remix of the Phil Collins song "In the Air Tonight" and duet with Collins, was released as a single from the Collins tribute album Urban Renewal. The second single, "Kimnotyze", was released as the lead single of record producer DJ Tomekk's compilation album Beat Of Life, Vol 1. It was released in Switzerland, Austria and Germany only. The song was successful, becoming Jones third consecutive top 10 hit in Germany after her number 5 hit "Lady Marmalade".
  • 2000
    Age 24
    On June 27, 2000, Jones released her second album The Notorious K.I.M. The album marked a new image and revamped look for the rapper.
    More Details Hide Details Despite the limited success of its singles, the album debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, selling 229,000 copies in its first week. It was certified platinum by the RIAA, four weeks after its release. It was on this LP that the well-known hip-hop feud between Jones and Foxy Brown escalated.
  • 1999
    Age 23
    In late May 1999, Lil' Cease's "Play Around", featuring Jones and Diddy, was released to radio airwaves and was set to be featured on Cease's debut The Wonderful World of Cease A Leo.
    More Details Hide Details In the song, after Jones' guest rap, Diddy recites: "Stop trying to sound like her too bitches"; a subliminal diss aimed at Foxy. The line spurred enough controversy that various media sources went on to remark: "It's finally coming out. Foxy Brown bites worse than a pit bull." Additionally, Jones' guest appearance on Mobb Deep's "Quiet Storm (Remix)" and her second album's title track, "The Notorious K.I.M.", were released as diss records to Foxy Brown. Angered by Jones' response, Brown collaborated with longtime associates Capone-N-Noreaga on the track, "Bang, Bang." In the track, Brown mimicked Jones' interpolation of MC Lyte's "10% Dis," and went on to recite: "You and Diddy y'all kill me with that subliminal shit." On February 26, 2001, at 3 p.m., when Jones had left New York radio station Hot 97, a shooting broke out; over twenty shots were fired between two groups of three men. One of the men in the groups was Capone, one-half member of Capone-N-Noreaga, who was entering the Hot 97 building in promotion of interviewer DJ Clue's new album, The Professional 2, which happened to have also featured Jones. An affiliate, Efrain Ocasio, from Capone's entourage was shot in the back; both parties from Jones and Capone denied any involvement in the shooting. However, a motive behind the shooting was later determined; detectives informed The New York Daily News that it was a result of the verses Foxy Brown recited in "Bang, Bang."
  • 1998
    Age 22
    From 1998 to 2000, Jones continued her road to stardom under the management of B.I.G.'s best friend, Damion "D-Roc" Butler's "Roc Management", touring and modeling for various fashion and pop culture companies including Candie's, Versace, Iceberg, and Baby Phat. and even though she had not had an album of her own released, she was seen on dozens of remixes and guest appearances on other artist's records.
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  • 1997
    Age 21
    Shortly after meeting Wallace, Jones had an on and off relationship with him up until his death in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details On July 23, 1996, Jones was arrested for possession of marijuana after police raided the Teaneck, New Jersey home of Wallace. The arrest came after police smelt marijuana inside the home when they went to ask for someone to move an illegally parked car. Jones denied she was smoking, claiming she was "upstairs all day sleeping". That same year, during the recording of her debut album, "Hard Core", Jones fell pregnant with Wallace's child. Jones never made it public until 1999 during an interview with The Source. Jones decided not to keep the baby, telling The Source "I already knew the kind of relationship that Biggie and I had, and I knew that a child was something that couldn't take place " Wallace called Jones three days before his death and told her he loved her. On March 17, 1999, Teaneck police issued an arrest warrant after Jones failed to turn up to court dates stemming from her 1996 arrest. The warrant wasn't a top priority for police and wasn't made public until September 2003, after the story was published online by The Smoking Gun. Jones was later removed from Teaneck's wanted list in October 2003, after $350 in bail was posted on her behalf. Jones' attorney told reporters that she didn't appear in court as she believed the case had been resolved.
    In 1997, Jones promoted Hard Core by performing on P. Diddy's "No Way Out" tour.
    More Details Hide Details The tour continued though to 1998 and became one of the highest grossing hip-hop tours of all time, grossing an estimated $16 million. That same year, she launched her own label Queen Bee Entertainment.
  • 1996
    Age 20
    However, their first dispute developed after both of their debut studio albums were scheduled for release a week apart in November 1996.
    More Details Hide Details Media outlets additionally noted similarities between the sleeve covers of Jones' Hard Core and Brown's Ill Na Na, where the two were shown wearing the same outfit. In 1997, the feud led to the deterioration of their friendship, and also resulted in the cancellation of a collaborative album Thelma & Louise. Brown noted that the breakdown of their relationship was influenced by their conflicting entourages. They first attempted a reconciliation in 1998 after Jones called Brown and her mother after the two were held at gunpoint during a house burglary. In January 1999, critics noted the track "My Life" from Brown's second studio effort Chyna Doll for being an "open appeal" to Brown's friendship with Jones, in which she cited the relationship being "lost for pride", but also contradicted herself after making attacks on "pointed mistresses". Critics indicated the records were in subtle use to diss Jones, especially since during this time, Brown had been supporting Jones' rival Faith Evans in multiple interviews. In February 1999, a significant part of the media took note of Brown "suddenly sounding 'exactly' like Lil' Kim".
    After a year with Junior M.A.F.I.A., Jones began a solo career by making guest performances on R&B albums and recording her debut album, Hard Core, which was released in November 1996.
    More Details Hide Details The album debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200, the highest debut for a female rap album at that time, and No. 3 on Billboards Top R&B Albums, selling 78,000 copies in its first week of release. Hard Core was certified double platinum by the RIAA on March 14, 2001 after having been certified gold on January 6, 1997 and platinum on June 3, 1997. The album's lead single "No Time", a duet with Combs (who would later change his stage name to "P. Diddy" and then "Diddy"), reached the top spot of the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart and was certified gold by the RIAA. The following single, "Crush on You", reached No. 6 on the Hot 100 and No. 2 on the rap chart. A remix of the album's track "Not Tonight" saw Jones team up with Missy Elliott, Angie Martinez, Da Brat and Left Eye of TLC. The song was part of the soundtrack to the Martin Lawrence movie Nothing to Lose, nominated for a Grammy Award, and certified platinum. In one stockholders' meeting of Warner Bros. Records, activist C. Delores Tucker criticized the label "for producing this filth," referring to perceived graphic sexual content in Jones' lyrics, and labeling them "gangsta porno rap".
  • 1995
    Age 19
    Jones' increasing popularity as a member of Junior M.A.F.I.A. allowed her to start a solo career shortly after the Conspiracy album was released, and she began working on what would become her debut album Hard Core by late 1995.
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    Performing a freestyle rap for The Notorious B.I.G. got her music career start in 1995 with his group Junior M.A.F.I.A., whose debut album Conspiracy generated two top 20 singles in the United States.
    More Details Hide Details Lil' Kim's debut studio album, Hard Core (1996) was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and spawned three consecutive No. 1 rap hits: "No Time", "Not Tonight (Ladies Night remix)", and "Crush on You", a record for a female rapper. Her following albums, The Notorious K.I.M. (2000) and La Bella Mafia (2003), were certified Platinum, making her the only female rapper besides Missy Elliott to have at least 3 platinum albums. She was featured on the single "Lady Marmalade", which also had guest vocals by fellow recording artists Mýa, Pink and Christina Aguilera (a remake of the 1975 smash hit, originally recorded by LaBelle) which went to No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, making her the second female rapper to have a No. 1 on that chart after Lauryn Hill.
  • 1994
    Age 18
    In 1994, B.I.G. was instrumental in introducing and promoting the Brooklyn-based group, Junior M.A.F.I.A., which included Jones, who was only 19 at the time. The group's first and only album, Conspiracy, was released to mediocre reviews and moderate sales on August 29, 1995 and debuted at number eight on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 69,000 copies in its first week of release.
    More Details Hide Details Wallace wrote (and ghostwrote) most of the album's material. Three hit singles came from Conspiracy: "Player's Anthem" (peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and No. 2 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart), "I Need You Tonight" (No. 43 R&B, No. 12 Rap), and "Get Money" (No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 4 R&B, No. 2 Rap). The RIAA certified Conspiracy gold on December 6, 1995. "Player's Anthem" and "Get Money" were certified gold and platinum respectively.
  • 1974
    Age -2
    Born on July 11, 1974.
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