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.”

Stereo Williams

Todd "Stereo" Williams, entertainment writer based in New York City. He co-founded Thirty 2 Oh 1 Productions, an indie film company.