Kimberly Denise Jones (born July 11, 1974) is an American rapper and reality television star better known by her stage name Lil’ Kim. She spent the majority of her childhood on the streets after being expelled from her Brooklyn, New York, family. Jones would freestyle rhyme as a teenager, influenced by female hip hop performers such as MC Lyte and the Lady of Rage.
In 1994, she was found by fellow rapper The Notorious B.I.G., who encouraged her to join his group Junior M.A.F.I.A.; their debut album, Conspiracy, had two top 20 songs in the United States and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Hard Core (1996), Lil’ Kim’s debut studio album, was certified double platinum, has since sold over six million copies worldwide, and has produced three hit singles: “No Time,” “Not Tonight (Ladies Night),” and “Crush on You.” It had the highest debut for a female rap album in the United States at the time.
Her subsequent platinum-certified albums were The Notorious K.I.M. (2000) and La Bella Mafia (2003). Lil’ Kim, together with Ma, Pink, and Christina Aguilera, topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 2001 with the track “Lady Marmalade” (a reworking of LaBelle’s 1974 single). The single “Magic Stick” reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Kim’s second-highest charting hit as a lead artist.
Lil’ Kim was sentenced to one year in jail in 2005 for lying to a jury about the role of her pals in a shooting four years previously. Critics praised her fourth album, The Naked Truth, which was released during her captivity. Lil’ Kim: Countdown to Lockup, a reality documentary about her incarceration, broadcast on BET in 2006.
She then released her debut mixtape, Ms. G.O.A.T. (2008), and returned to the public eye in 2009 with a Dancing with the Stars participation. She continued to release music and perform irregularly throughout the 2010s, collaborating with musicians including Faith Evans, Remy Ma, and Fabolous. In 2019, her fifth studio album, 9, was released.
Personal Life and Personal Relationships
Jones has various on-and-off romances over the years. In her teens, she dated Shawn Powell for the first time. The couple even became engaged during Powell’s imprisonment for robbery.
After their separation, Jones began dating Wallace (B.I.G.) until his death in 1997. Wallace called Jones three days before his death to profess his love for her. In 2002-2003, she dated Damion “World” Hardy. Jones was also a victim of physical violence at this period. She dated record producer Scott Storch for two months before breaking up with him.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Jones was born in the Brooklyn neighbourhood of Bedford–Stuyvesant as the second child of former U.S. Marine Linwood Jones. Christopher is her older brother . Jones attended Brooklyn’s Queen of All Saints Elementary School as a child. Jones’s parents divorced when she was 9 years old, and she was raised by her father, with whom she had a turbulent relationship. After her father kicked her out of the family, Jones dropped out of high school and began living on the streets.
Jones met Christopher Wallace, professionally known as the Notorious B.I.G., while she was a teenager. Wallace played a significant role in both Jones’ personal and artistic life, particularly after Wallace earned fame and influence through his affiliation with Sean “Puffy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records.
Two and a half years were spent at Sarah J. Hale Vocational High School by Jones. Many of her buddies also attended the school, and they frequently skipped class to spend time together. Due to the fact that she was not completing her coursework, it was decided that she should move to Brooklyn College Academy to complete her final year and a half of high school. This school was also attended by fellow rappers Nas and Foxy Brown.
In 1994, B.I.G. was essential in introducing and promoting the Brooklyn-based group Junior M.A.F.I.A., which included Jones, who was 19 years old and performed under the stage name Lil’ Kim.
Conspiracy was released on August 29, 1995 to mixed reviews and moderate sales, but opened at number eight on the U.S. Billboard 200 list, selling 69,000 copies in its first week.
Wallace composed and ghostwrote the majority of the album’s content. Conspiracy produced three big singles: “Player’s Anthem,” “I Need You Tonight,” and “Get Money.” Conspiracy was certified gold by the RIAA on December 6, 1995. “Player’s Anthem” and “Get Money” were respectively awarded gold and platinum.
Lil’ Kim’s prominence as a member of Junior M.A.F.I.A. allowed her to begin a solo career quickly after the publication of the Conspiracy album, and she began working on her debut album Hard Core in late 1995. Jones briefly dated Ray J in 2007, and on June 9, 2014, she gave birth to a daughter named Royal Reign.
How Much Is Lil’ Kim’s Net Worth?
Lil’ Kim is a rapper and actress from New York with a net worth of $500,000 dollars according to celebritynetworth. Lil’ Kim’s membership in the rap group Junior M.A.F.I.A. is remarkable. In the late 1990s, she became a popular solo performer.
Collab with Cardi B
Cardi stated during an in-depth interview with Hot 97, “I want Lil’ Kim on my album” before admitting she has already “hit her up.”
Cardi B went on to say that while she has a song in mind for Lil’ Kim to appear on, she is also “debating another song because I sort of want her on this one as well.”
Awards and Nominations
Throughout her career, Lil’ Kim has received a number of prizes and distinctions. The RIAA recognised Lil’ Kim’s debut album Hard Core as double platinum, and it is regarded a classic hip-hop album. Lil’ Kim has sold over 15 million albums globally as of 2007.
Her songs “No Time,” “Big Momma Thang,” and “Ladies Night” were ranked 24, 13, and 7, respectively, on Complex Magazine’s “The 50 Best Rap Songs by Women” list. Her collaboration with Pink, Christina Aguilera, and Ma on “Lady Marmalade” is one of the best-selling singles of all time, with over 5.1 million copies sold worldwide.
Lady Marmalade attained the top spot on the US Billboard Hot 100, making her the first female rapper to achieve this feat. The song received the 2002 Grammy Award for “Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.”