Lil’ Kim is an African American rapper and actress. She is also known for wearing outrageous revealing outfits to red carpet events, and for her sexually explicit hit albums, most notably 1996’s Hard Core.
Kim grew up with family problems and violent relationships. She started battling in local clubs in New York City where she met Christopher Wallace who helped her with her career and with whom she had an affair.
The 90s Success.
Lil’ Kim joined the group the Junior MAFIA under the name of «Big Momma» in 1994. That same year, she appeared on The Notorious B. I. G.’s album Ready To Die. Two years later, Lil’ Kim released her debut album Hard Core. The album debuted at No. 11 in The Billboard 200 Chart. Hard Core still remains Kim’s best selling album to date».No Time», the album’s first single, featured Puff Daddy and was a gold-selling hit.
Kim experienced tragedy in March
of 1997 when The Notorious B. I. G. was murdered. Despite this setback, Kim had success with the single «Not Tonight», which also featured Missy Elliott, Da Brat, Angie Martinez, and Lisa «Left-Eye» Lopes, and was certified platinum. In 1998 Kim was on the Bad Boy Records No Way Out Tour, and over the next two years she made guest appearances on albums such as Room 112 , Forever and Born Again. In 1999, she launched her own label, Queen Bee Records.
The 2000s Success.
After a string of high-profile guest appearences on hits like Mobb Deep’s «Quiet Storm» remix, Kim returned to her solo career with the release of her second album, Notorious K. I. M., in June of 2000. The album debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 Chart, making it her highest debut to date. The album featured the hit singles «No Matter What They Say» and the raunchy «How Many Licks?» which featured Dru Hill lead singer Sisqó.
In April of 2001, Lil’ Kim recieved mainstream exposure when she teamed up with Pink, Mya, and Christina Aguilera
In 2003, Kim released her third studio album, La Bella Mafia, in spring of 2003. The first single and video, «The Jump Off» featured rapper Mr. Cheeks, and was a sizeable hit. Kim also appeared in a posthumous music video for Aaliyah, «Miss You», in which Kim, Missy Elliott, Brandy, Tweet, DMX, Montel Williams, and several others pay tribute to the deceased R&B star.
During the summer of 2003, «Magic Stick» the second single from La Bella Mafia, became one of the year’s biggest hits, thanks in part to guest raps from 50 Cent. It is one of the few songs in recent years to have hit number one without the aid of a music video, and is Kim’s most successful single to date.
In April 2004, she was indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with her presence at a shootout between members of her «entourage» and that of rivals Capone-N-Noreaga. On March 17, 2005, she was convicted of perjury and conspiracy, but acquitted of obstruction of justice charges. On July 6 she was sentenced to a 366 days in prison and fined $50,000 for this conviction.
On her fame.
In addition to being recognized for her music, Kim is notorious for her avant garde style. In what is probably her most memorable public appearance, Lil’ Kim arrived at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards with an entire breast exposed and only a tiny piece of fabric over the nipple. Kim’s outfit became even more controversial later that night, when she appeared on stage with Mary J. Blige and Diana Ross to present an award, and Ms. Ross reached over, cupped her hand under Kim’s exposed breast and jiggled it while both laughed heartily.