Lil’ Kim has done all sorts overtime, even though she is primarily a rapper that sometimes isn’t always what we are talking about.
Before Nicki Minaj and Azealia Banks there was Kimberly Denise Jones (Lil’ Kim) as well as Eve, Foxy Brown and Missy Elliott dominating those commercial charts.
Here are some things you should know about Kim:
01. She acts
Since the 90’s Lil’ Kim has appeared in many films and television series. Whether playing herself or an actual character, Kim was one of the first female rappers to do the whole on screen thing.
Television series she has appeared in:
- American Dreams
- She’s All That
- Juwanna Man
- Those Who Walk In Darkness
- Gang of Roses
- Nora’s Hair Salon
- You Got Served
- Lil’ Pimp
- There’s a God on the Mic
- Superhero Movie
02. One of the first female rappers, period
Lil’ Kim is known to be the first female rapper as well as Missy Elliott emerging in the early 90’s. In 1995 she released a collaborative album Conspiracy with Junior M.A.F.I.A.
In 1996 Kim released her debut album Hard Core which was a double platinum US certificate success.
The success continued with platinum albums The Notorious K.I.M., La Bella Mafia and Gold selling album The Naked Truth in 2005.
*Throughout her career, Lil’ Kim has earned several accolades for her work. Her songs “No Time”, “Big Momma Thang” and “Ladies Night” were listed on Complex Magazine’s “The 50 Best Rap Songs By Women”, at number 24, 13 and 7, respectively. Crush On You, It’s All About the Benjamins and Money, Power, Respect appear on VH1’s “The 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs”. In 2012, she was honorably listed on VH1’s “100 Greatest Women In Music” list at number 45, the highest position for a solo female hip-hop artist.
03. She isn’t afraid to have celebrity fueds
Oh no, she ain’t afraid to say what she thinks when it comes down to other artists. There is no filter with Miss Kimberly Jones.
The three most memorable feuds she has had are with the following hip-hop musicians: High school friend Foxy Brown, Shyne and how could we forget, the most recent – Nicki Minaj!
All three feuds are for very different reasons which you can read all about all three here.
Lil’ Kim’s diss track towards Nicki Minaj, Black Friday
04. She has had LOTS of plastic surgery
If there’s anything people talk about potentially as much or more than her music, its definitely about all the plastic surgery she has had.
It’s sad really because she had such a pretty face in the early days with such a beautiful smile, you wonder why she wanted to go under the knife so many times that now she doesn’t look like her pretty self anymore.
Kim has had various nose jobs, boob enhancements, cheek implants, face tightening and has even made her skin lighter!
In 2013 earlier this year she made headlines again for her surgery.
To see Kim’s face from the beginning of her career till now in 29 photos with her looking completely different at each stage, click here.
05. Those risque outfits
From the very beginning Lil’ Kim has always warn what the hell she wants. Whether its tacky, slutty or cheap looking – if she wants to wear it, she will. And I think we all kinda like her for that.
Here are a few examples of those outfits:
Kim’s outfits has made such an impression over time that Miley Cyrus this year for Halloween went as Lil’ Kim: