Lil’ Kim strikes back: ‘I am the blueprint’

Tue., Dec. 24, 2013 9:00 AM EDT
by Stereo Williams

Kim’s music seems to be the major priority, but she hasn’t released an album in eight years, a lifetime in the world of popular music. “It really wasn’t about taking my time — I had legality situations where legally I could not record because I was in situations where I couldn’t,” she explains.

Though that legality seems to be cleared now and she claims to be in a place of rejuvenation, Lil’ Kim has yet to decide exactly when fans can expect to hear a new album from her. “Being so behind the scenes and taking on this boss lady role, I’ve come to know that you don’t announce your album,” Kim explains. “They can definitely look forward to singles from me this summer, for sure. But the album will come as soon as it’s ready and the time is right.”

Hip-hop’s self-proclaimed “Queen B—h” still trusts her instincts. Having taken her lumps, and endured the highs and lows of an unforgiving industry, she still has complete and total faith in her abilities as an artist and businesswoman.

“That’s something I was born with,” she says confidently. “When you’re born with talent, you also have the talent to conduct your own business. With me, that’s how it is. I just know how to turn it on and off. I just know what I want from myself.

“In my field, I am the blueprint of what I do,” she adds. “I’ve always starred in my own lane.”

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  • queen bitch

    Queen bee baby…do your thing ..as a fan, i will always support your music..through the good and the bad..you will always have my heart as the best female rapper of all time. I love you Kimberly DENISE JONES aka Lil KIM. Fuck the haters, your the reason why your name stay in their mouth because you are doing something right for them to hate. Including dumb as nicki minaj for stealing your swag. Queen bitch. #Legend.

  • BlackBarbie2000

    QUEEN OF RAP. Kim i love you so much ! and i will RIDE FOR YOU i know how hard this industry is and iknow how many setbacks you have had to face, its as if you have to start all over again ! but dont worry ima RIDE FOR YOU !
    ALL HAIL THE F*CKING QUEEN !!!!!
    BLACK MADONNA

  • hidaya

    Kim could use a better team. Why has she fallen off? Why has her career stalled? Where is her fire? She let the next chick steal her thunder! Next.

    • Diamonelle

      Too busy poppin’ bottles and getting caught up in the Babylon bull sh**.. Victim of Hollyweird where they feed on your low self esteem and insecurities.

  • WakeUp

    I like Kim, but unfortunately her act/gimmick/style can be duplicated by any chick in music and the rap game.. And it has been. Yes she was the first female rapper who sold sexuality and made the “gangsta b!tch” theme popular, but she’s in the position for years now to show the newer generations why she’s the Queen B, and she has yet to do a good job at convincing them or her old fans… You can only ride off your 90′s fame for so long.. Delusions of grandeur..

  • Jose Jurado Avilés

    HATE IT OR LOVE IT, SHE IS THE QUEEN OF RAP !!

  • Hotpink

    Queen bitch! Killa a nigga for my nigga. Murder scene bitch. Disease free bitch!! I love Lil Kim she is the seed/root to female rap. All hail to the Queen!!!!! No one did it better! Not even Nicki’s cute lil ass! #gangstagangsta!

  • MrPresidentCFO

    Kim is the Realist Female MC to EVER grace a record. She is the innovator, the originator, The First and the Best. And no one can take that from her period. There would be no Nicki Minag if there was no Queen B. So love her or hate her, they gotta give her the RESPECT that is DUE her.

  • MISSYCAT

    LIL-KIM U LOOK BETTER THAN U EVER LOOKS WAY TO GO HOLD ON TO THAT TITLE AND NEVERRRRR LET IT GO QUEEN BEE QUEEN BEE RIDE OR DIE 4 REAL

  • Dee

    About the cover…everyone knows Kim has lighten her skin similar to MJ. Why not show what she really looks like now.

    What is all the fuss about concerning her career, which she chose to put on hold indefinitely.

  • waltertainment

    Well written article. Candid. Objective. Not like the mean-spirited articles that we have seen on some of the blogs. After all, she does have a legacy, and the her spot in the hip hop history will never change. This is a great hip hop lesson for the younger crowd that only knows Lil Kim-post prison and plastic surgery.

    I agree with Queen Latifah in the fact that there hasn’t been a major female movement in hip hop in since the women of Kim’s era. True hip hop fans, like myself, are still waiting for something fresh and exciting like we saw in the mid 90′s when Kim, Fox, and Eve came into the game.

    The girls of today, and there are very few, are like pop acts; they took the legacy of female hip hop pioneers and turned it into gimmicks and caricatures. While the new breed may have out sold their predecessors, and maybe counting more dollars, 10 years from now, I doubt that crowds well get excited when songs like “Starships” and “Beez in Da Trap” are played in a club. You’ll never see people run to the dance floor as they do today when the DJ mixes in the funky beat to “Get Money” or the baseline of Foxy Brown’s “Get Me Home” creeps in.
    Hip hop has gone POP! And we will never see talent like Lauryn Hill, Lil Kim, Foxy Brown, or Queen Latifah again.

    • Doc N.

      True..today’s rap chicks are all gimmicks and silly nursery rhyme sh,t. I’ve been down with QB so long, though. Kim has had a lot of sh.t going on-bad break ups, beefs with others and it’s ruining her. She -could- make a comeback but she’d have to sign up with a hot team. I wished the whole beef with minaj didn’t exist and she signed to young money. Her new sh!t was supposed to drop November ’13, now it’s this summer?!?! We hard core fans can only hold on for so long before it becomes apparent that Kimmy is not going to step up and give the fans what they want.

  • SANDYDEE

    Lil kim is ruining her legacy , i was done with her when she said she sold 113,000 copies on paypal , i’m over you kimmy , you spent 3 in a half years talking about nicki minaj , explaining your story about how you was suppose to be sign to young money .. like kim who cares ? you haven’t had an album out since 2004 or 2005 7 to 8 years ago where is this album ??? then get mad because people keep bringing up nicki minaj in a interview , that whats more relevant in female hiphop your still relevant because of nicki minaj so you damn right your biggest highlight of your career right now is ”dissing nicki minaj ” . what else ? not your mixtape because it flopped , not your new single because that flopped ? what

    i’m over lil kim , you have been officially inducted in the hall of fame of sore looser.
    AND BIGGIE WOULDNT KNOW WHO YOU WERE IF HE BUMPED INTO YOU TODAY. I KNOW FAITH IS LOL!!!



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