Lil' Kim

Born: July 11, 1975
cancer

Lil' Kim's parents split when she was 9 years old, and she began living with her father in a Brooklyn housing project. He threw her out during her teen years, however, and she floated from relatives to friends, and, from time to time, she was forced to live in the streets. She had a natural ability for rhyming, however, and the looks that could take her far in the music industry. Rap had long been dominated by male artists, and Lil' Kim was determined to make it as a key female performer. She was soon discovered by producer Biggie Smalls, who took her in and made her a star. He was a key factor in Lil' Kim's placement into the Junior M.A.F.I.A., and it was her vocal ability that made their 1995 debut album Conspiracy hot.

In 1996, Lil' Kim went out in search of a solo career. She released Hard Core that same year, which went to number 1 on the hip hop album charts. The single "No Time," which featured Lil' Kim singing a duet with Puffy Combs, went to number 1 on the rap single charts. In 1997, she faced tragedy when her longtime boyfriend and producer, Biggie Smalls, was killed in a gangland-style shooting, just 6 months after rival rapper Tupac Shakur was killed under similar circumstances. Kim managed to pull herself out of depression, and has since worked with such famous producers as Puffy Combs and Jermaine Dupri. She released The Notorious K.I.M. in 2000, also receiving rave reviews.




Genres:
New York Rap

Bands That Lil' Kim Has Played For:
Junior M.A.F.I.A.

Lil' Kim Has Worked With:
Tommy Lee Notorious B.I.G. Jay-Z Busta Rhymes Mary J. Blige
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