Lil Kim Profile
Lil Kim is an American Singer/Rapper/TV Personality known for her debut studio album, Hard Core of the year 1996 which was certified double platinum. It has since sold more than six million copies worldwide.
Lil Kim Age/How old is Lil Kim?
Kim was born on July 11, 1974, in Brooklyn, New York City, United States as Kimberly Denise Jones. She is therefore 48 years old as of 2022.
Lil Kim Height/How tall is Lil Kim?
Kim stands at an approximate height of 4 feet 11 inches tall.
Lil Kim Family
Kim was born and raised in the Bedford–Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City, New York to his loving and caring parents. She was the second child of Linwood Jones, father, who happens to be a former U.S. Marine. Asides from this, she has an older brother named Christopher.
When she was a child, she attended Queen of All Saints Elementary School in Brooklyn. Later on, when she was about nine years old, her parents separated and she was raised by her father with whom she had a tumultuous relationship.
Lil Kim Husband
Kim has previously been in a relationship with Mr. Papers(Jeremy Neil) with who she has a daughter. Asides from this, she has previously dated The Notorious B.I.G., Scott Storch, Jamie Foxx, Jay Z, and Damion Hardy. She also sparked controversy in the month of April 2016 after she posted a series of selfies on her Instagram Page. Kim is widely criticized for looking white and unrecognizable in her new photos.
Lil Kim Children/Daughter
Together with her ex-boyfriend, Mr. Papers(Jeremy Neil), they are proud parents to their daughter named Royal Reign who was born with a congenital eye disorder known as Congenital ptosis. This disease can occur for a variety of reasons which include damaged nerves, and weaker muscles.
She was born in the month of June 2014 and is 9 years old as of 2023. Kim and Jeremy parted ways in the year 2012 just two months after the birth of their daughter. Kim alleged that Mr. Papers had physically harmed her and was unfaithful. The custody of the Reign dispute lasted for a while before it was ultimately settled.
Lil Kim’s Net Worth
Kim has an estimated net worth of around $500,000 which she has earned through her successful career as a Singer/Rapper/TV Personality.
Lil Kim Education
When Kim was about 14 years old, she left home and began living on the streets. Later on, she ended up dropping out of high school. Kim attended Sarah J. Hale Vocational High School for two and a half years. She states that many of her friends also went there and would often skip school together.
Since Kim was not completing her schoolwork, the decision was made for her to transfer to Brooklyn College Academy and finish her remaining year and a half of high school. The school she attended was the same one rappers Nas and Foxy Brown attended.
Lil Kim Career
Kim happens to be a rapper and reality television personality. She has lived much of her adolescent life on the streets after being expelled from home. During her teenage years, she would freestyle rap which was influenced by fellow female hip-hop artists like MC Lyte and the Lady of Rage.
Back in the year 1994, she was discovered by fellow rapper The Notorious B.I.G., who invited her to join his group Junior M.A.F.I.A.; their debut album, Conspiracy. This song generated two top 20 singles in the United States and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America(RIAA).
His debut studio album, Hard Core of the year 1996 was certified double platinum. The album sang more than six million copies worldwide and spawned three successful singles: “No Time,” “Not Tonight(Ladies Night),” and Crush on You.” This had the highest debut in the US for a female rap album at the time. This was the following albums, The Notorious K.I.M (2000) and La Bella Mafia(2003) were also certified platinum.
Back in the year 2001, Lil’ Kim reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 with the single “Lady Marmalade” (a remake of LaBelle’s 1974 single). Then, she worked alongside Pink, Mýa, and Christina Aguilera.
Other notable singles from this period include “The Jump Off” and “Magic Stick,” the letter of which reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Kim’s 2nd-highest-charting single as a lead artist.
In 2005, Lil’ Kim served a one-year 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 to positive reviews from critics. A reality series covering her sentence, Lil’ Kim: Countdown to Lockdown, premiered on BET in 2006.
Back in the year 2005, she served a one-year prison sentence for lying to a jury about her friends’ involvement in a shooting four years earlier. In her incarceration, her fourth album, The Naked Truth, was released to positive reviews from critics. Later on, there was a reality tv series covering her sentence, Lil’ Kim: Countdown to Lockdown, which premiered on BET in the year 2006.
Later on, she released her first mixtape, Ms. G.O.A.T(2008), and returned to the public eye in 2009 with an appearance on Dancing with the Stars. Throughout 2010, she continued to release music and perform sporadically, collaborating with artists such as Faith Evans, Fabulous, and Remy Ma. Later on in the year 2019, her fifth studio album was released.
She has been referred to as the “Queen of Rap,” and her alias “Queen Bee” by several media outlets. Asides from this, she sold more than 15 million albums and 30 million singles worldwide. Later on, her songs “Big Momma Thang”, “Not Tonight (Ladies Night),” and “No Time” were listed on Complex’s list of the 50 Best Rap Songs By Women. Later on, in the year 2012, she was listed on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women in Music list at number 45, the second-highest position for a solo female hip-hop artist.
Kim is also known for her risk-taking and luxurious approach to fashion which inspired many artists. Asides from this, she has been cited as a fashion icon. Kim has also been noted for helping women embrace their “sexuality and feminity” in a way that was in stark contrast to the time of other female artists.
Lil Kim BET Awards 2022/Awards and nominations
In the course of her career, she has been privileged to receive a number of honors and awards. Her debut album, Hard Core was certified double platinum by the RIAA and is considered a classic hip-hop album. The year 2007 saw her sell over 15 million albums worldwide. She was privileged that her songs “Big Momma Thang,’ Ladies Night”, and “No Time” were listed on Complex Magazine’s “The 50 Best Rap Sings by Women.” These songs were number 24, 13, and 7 respectively.
Her song titled “Lady Marmalade” with Pink, Christina Aguilera, and Mýa happens to be one of the best-selling singles of all time worldwide. It has sales of over 5.1 million worldwide. The song went number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, making her one of only a few female rappers to have a number one on the chart. This song also won a 2002 Grammy Award in the category of “Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.”
Asides from this, she was ranked as one of the top 50 greatest MCs of all Time in Kool Moe Dee’s 2003 book, There’s a God on the Mic. Back in the year 2012, she was honorably listed on VH1’s “100 Greatest Women In Music” at number 45. This made her the fourth-highest position for a female rapper. Back in the year 2014, she was included in Billboard’s list of the “31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop.” Later on, in 2016, VH1 honored her with VH1 Hip-Hop Honors and WEEN Award honored her with Icon Award because of her contribution to hip-hop.
Back in the month of June 2018, she was honored with a proclamation by the New York City Council’s Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus(BLAC) as part of the annual African-American Music Appreciation Month. This was for her contributions to hip-hop. Asides from the proclamation, she accepted the New York City 12th Council District Arts and Music Award and the city’s Power of Influence Award. Back in the year 2019, she was honored by BET Hip Hop Awards with the I Am Hip Hop Award.
Lil Kim Before and After/Lil Kim Then and Now/Lil Kim Plastic Surgery
Her transformation has confused most of her fans. She manages to keep information regarding whether or not she underwent surgery away from the limelight. However, there are speculations that she had a nose job, cheek implants, breast implants, and lip injections among other. Kim was one of the first hip-hop artists to undergo plastic surgery.
Lil Kim and Biggie
Despite having many different influences, there’s no getting away from the fact that Kim owes a great deal to her one-time boyfriend The Notorious B.I.G., aka Biggie Smalls. The Brooklyn icon gave Kim her big break with a series of singles supported by Bad Boy Records. However, before she hit the airwaves, Kim proved herself with a series of performances for Big. In fact, they first met when Biggie caught Kim rapping in their home neighborhood and immediately asked her to join his group.
Lil Kim 1996
Back in the year 1996, she wrote, sang, and released a song titled No Time. This song served as the first single from her debut album, Hard Core. The song peaked at number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached the Top 10 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
Lil Kim Crush On You
The 19th of July 2016 saw her release her song, Crush On You which has about 256,714 views on youtube. The song was released as the second single from her debut album, featuring fellow Junior M.A.F.I.A. member Lil’ Cease. The Notorious B.I.G. raps the hook. This song peaked at number 23 on the UK Singles Chart. The original album version had Lil’ Cease rapping alone while the single version featured him with Lil’ Kim.
Lil Kim How Many Licks?
Later on, on the 8th of August 2015, she released a song titled “How Many Licks?” This song has about 111,067 views on youtube and features American musician, Sisqó from Lil’ Kim’s second studio album, The Notorious K.I.M. (2000). The song was produced by Mario Winans ad Sean Combs and written by Lil’ Kim and Sisqó.
Lil Kim Not Tonight
Later on, in the year 1996, she released the song Not Tonight which has about 3,406,765 views on youtube. This song was performed by her featuring Jermaine Dupri for her debut studio album Hard Core (1996). Later on, a remix was released after a year following female rappers Da Brat, Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott., Angie Martinez, and Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes for the Nothing to Lose soundtrack. The remix was released on the 24th of June 1997 by Atlantic Records.
Lil Kim Magic Stick
The 8th of April 2003 saw her release the song Magic Stick which has about 4,844,642 views on youtube. This song was performed by American hip-hop recording artist, Lil Kim. It was released as the second single from her third studio album La Bella Mafia of the year 2003.
Songs by Lil Kim
Hard Core (1996)
The Notorious K.I.M. (2000)
La Bella Mafia (2003)
The Naked Truth (2005)
Conspiracy with Junior M.A.F.I.A. (1995)