Puff Daddy made a surprise appearance at the 2016 VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail the Queens, which was held at the Lincoln Center in New York on Monday to honor Lil’ Kim for her pioneering role in hip-hop.
Speaking at the star-studded bash, he said, “I flew in here tonight to honor my sister, Lil’ Kim. Everything about you, Kim, from your music to your fashion…you brought glamour to hip-hop. With your style, you changed the female MC game and became one of the biggest international stars in rap history. Kim made rap feminine and sexy, stylish and hardcore all at the same time. As soon as I heard her rhyme. It was something I had never seen or heard before. I knew she was going to be a superstar.”
Speaking about the mother of one — who has a 2-year-old daughter, Royal Reign, Puff explained, “It’s her courage. She has no fear. Fearless. She’s not afraid to do things differently. She’s a diva at times. She’s high maintenance with me at times. At the end of the day, she demands the ultimate respect, and that’s how you treat a queen.”
Lil Kim responded, “Thank you so much Diddy. I love you so much. I don’t even know what to say, I am so lost for words. The first thing I’ve got to do is thank you father God. Let, me tell you, I thank you so much father god because you keep lifting me up higher and higher even through the harshest times…
And Lil’ Kim, aka Kimberley Denise Jones, also thanked her “sisters” Missy Elliott and Queen Latifah who influenced her career.”I want to thank the whole Queen Bee squad. “I’ve got to thank my sisters, Missy, Latifah. … You girls inspired me so much, and it’s an honor to be honored with you girls.”