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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 11 July 1974Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameKimberly Denise Jones
Nickname Queen Bee
Height 4' 11" (1.5 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kimberly Denise Jones, was born on July 11, 1974, to parents Linwood Jones and Ruby Mae. She is of Native American and African American descent. Standing just 4 feet 11 inches tall Kimberly Jones seems much less than being just your average girl in the hood, but when "Lil' Kim" was introduced to the world she became known for her provocative over-the-top outfits, glamorous blonde hair-dos, pornographic attitude, sexy man-crazed looks, and a groundbreaking triumph that eventually secured her place as one of the few female rappers in a male-dominated industry. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Kimberly was born into a broken home, by age 9 her parents had filed for divorce, leaving her and older brother Christopher under the custody of their father. A rebellious child living under the strict rules of her dad, Kimberly and her father had constant fights, and eventually she ran away from home. As a teenager she lived with friends, drug-dealing boyfriends, and, occasionally, on the streets. After meeting her mentor and life saver Christopher Wallace, (Notorious B.I.G/Biggie Smalls), she began to clean up her life and it was Christopher who helped her develop a career in music. By then Kimberly had taken in the slogan "Lil' Kim" after her height and curbing her name to just Kim. With the help of Christopher she became the only female member of the short lived rap group Junior M.A.F.I.A. Their 1995 debut album Conspiracy debuted at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and garnered the hit singles "Player's Anthem" (#13) and "Get Money" (#17). Following the release, Lil' Kim appeared on records by Mona Lisa, the Isley Brothers, Total, and Skin Deep. And it was obvious that it was time for her to come out with her own solo album, and that's just what she did in 1996, with the release of "Hard Core". Lil' Kim's marketing campaign for the album was quite challenging - she was dressed in a skimpy bikini and furs in advertisements, as well as the album covers - but instead of resulting in criticism, the album became a hit, debuting at # 11 on the pop charts. The first single from the album, "No Time" a duet with Sean "Puffy" Combs, became a #1 rap single and #20 on the pop charts. A top ten single followed with "Not Tonight" (#6). But while Lil Kim's career was blossoming, her life was shattered along with the music world when her father like figure Notorious B.I.G. was murdered on March 9, 1997. Following that incident, Lil' Kim took a hiatus from recording her own music, but she still kept busy with a string of other projects. She was one of the featured performers of Puff Daddy's highly successful 1998 "Bad Boy Tour", and built her own business with the launch of Queen Bee Records, with Lil' Kim herself as CEO. Her long-awaited "Notorious K.I.M." was released in the summer of 2000 under the Queen Bee record label and debuted at #1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Charts. By then, she had lost weight but still kept the sexual techniques and provocative antics coming for fans that were hungry for more. She had also taken a shift into films debuting in the 1999 teen flick "She's All That" and playing Tina Parker in the 2002 comedy "Juwanna Man". In 2001 Lil Kim gained her first #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in a remake of Patti Labelle's hit "Lady Marmalade" that collaborated her with singers Mya, Pink, and Christina Aguilera, the success awarded them a Grammy in 2002 for Best Pop Collaboration. Her third full-length album "La Bella Mafia" was released in 2003 debuting at #5 on the pop charts and earned her two more hits with "The Jump Off" (#17) and "Magic Stick/feat.50Cent" that shot to #2. Her album The Naked Truth released in September 2005 debuted at No. 6 on Billboard's Top 200 Album's chart and sold 109,000 copies during the first week of its release.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Marion Mageo

Trivia (30)

She is the only female in Junior M.A.F.I.A.
She is constantly being criticised by the media because of her music, style, attitude and image.
Her best friend was The Notorious B.I.G..
Role was cut from Scary Movie (2000).
Remade the LaBelle hit "Lady Marmalade" along with Mya, Christina Aguilera and Pink for the Moulin Rouge! (2001) soundtrack.
Use to work at a Bloomingdale's store in New York.
When "Lady Marmalade" hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2001, she became the first solo female rapper to claim that feat.
Ranked #34 on VH1's 50 Greatest Hip Hop Artists.
In 2001 she collaborated with Phil Collins on a re-recording of his classic song "In the Air Tonight".
Is good friends with Christina Aguilera.
Was a student at Brooklyn College Academy High School
Wears a variety of colored contact lenses.
There's an accredited Syracuse University course titled "The Life and Times of Lil' Kim."
According to Spike Lee, she turned down the role of "Evelyn" in his film. She Hate Me (2004), because she thought it would ruin her image.
Good friends with Victoria Gotti.
Owns over 800 wigs at 2,000 dollars each.
Often makes references to The Notorious B.I.G. in her music.
Her fourth album, 'The Naked Truth', is regarded as a hip-hop classic. Hip-hop fans have even called it "the greatest album of all-time from a female rapper". It is also the first album from a female hip-hop artist to receive five mics (equivalent to five stars; the highest possible ranking) from popular hip-hop magazine, "The Source".
Ranked #71 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
She is African American.
Was The Notorious B.I.G.'s girlfriend at the time of his death.
Is portrayed by Naturi Naughton in Notorious (2009).
Her parents are Trinidadian.
She's currently serving a 366 day sentence for perjury. [December 2005]
Working on her fifth studio album, tentatively titled 'Vintage'. The album will hit stores early in 2009. [August 2008]
It was announced towards the end of January that she has parted ways with Atlantic Records. She now plans to release her upcoming album independently. [January 2008]
released from prison on Monday, July 3rd. She was originally going to remain in custody until August, but her sentence was shortened for good behavior. [July 2006]
Released a buzz single, "Chillin' Tonight", to promote her fifth album, which is scheduled for release early 2008. [November 2007]
Has been in on-off relationship with Mr. Papers since 2012. They have a daughter together.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 39, a daughter Royal Reign in the morning of June 9, 2014 at Hacekensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. Child's father is her boyfriend, Mr. Papers.

Personal Quotes (43)

Only me and him will ever know what that relationship was really like. (On her relationship with Biggie Smalls)
I believe strongly in my work and need time, because I put 100 percent in everything I write and everything I do. My modeling, my music, my acting, everything that I'm getting ready to get into, I put 100 percent into. I want whoever is going to back me with it to put 100 percent into it.
But this is Miami, you can't come to Miami and not show any skin. You gotta show something. If you're all covered up in this heat, you're gonna make me pass out out just to look at you. It's sweaty in Miami-but the diamonds will keep me cool.
I really want people to understand that nobody is perfect and that things happen in life beyond our control.
One thing about me is that I'm very much like the Black Madonna. I love to reinvent myself and that's because I am a very free person.
Today begins a new saga in my life which I expect to strengthen me and allow me time for reflection... I plan to write music while in prison, read and pray regularly and will come out a stronger, more confident woman.
I think people have a misconception of me, period. My life has been a whirlwind sometimes, but it's different to what people think. I definitely feel like there's a misconception about me and who I am.
I know I always say my occupation is not dancing, but dancing is in my heart, dancing makes me feel good.
I respect everybody, but at the same time, I carry myself with an aura that demands respect, too.
The streets made me. They stay at me. There's nothing that's gonna take away from my legacy. I'm sorry. It is what it is. I'm dying this way. With the crown on my head, nobody can take nothing away from me. It is what it is. I am who I am. Bottom line.
I like bowling. I suck at it, but I like it. You know what's so funny? I have days when I'm absolutely great at doing it, and then I have days when I just don't understand it.
I haven't had sex in eight months. To be honest, I now prefer to go bowling.
I'm a girly girl. I'm strong, but I'm very timid. Very dainty.
I am blessed to have so many great things in my life - family, friends and God. All will be in my thoughts daily.
I love to reinvent myself, and that's because I am a very free person. I do what I feel, and I love who I am.
I love spending time with my dog, my niece and my family. I'm very family-oriented.
I have low self-esteem and I always have. Guys always cheated on me with women who were European-looking. You know, the long-hair type. Really beautiful women that left me thinking, 'How I can I compete with that?' Being a regular black girl wasn't good enough.
I am definitely the queen. I definitely see myself as the queen.
I ain't acting when I'm on stage. That's why all the little love bugs who'll come and see me at Lovebox love me. They know it's the real me.
Money talks. This is the thing, at the end of the day, I do what I have to do, and I'mma keep doing what I have to do.
The artist I wanna be like is Michael Jackson. I'll get the house with the roller coaster and the rides and a disco, and I'll invite all my friends and just stay at home.
Lil' Kim is my stage name and a character I use when I'm out working my livelihood.
All my life, men have told me I wasn't pretty enough - even the men I was dating. And I'd be like, 'Well, why are you with me, then?' It's always been men putting me down just like my dad. To this day when someone says I'm cute, I can't see it. I don't see it no matter what anybody says.
I always go to church on Sundays and Bible study on Tuesdays.
A lot of people let me down... A lot of people I thought were my friends turned on me.
I like to live righteous. And I just want everyone to know I'm not trying to get out of anything.
It was a very emotional dinner... Everyone shared personal stories about her and gave her words of encouragement and inspiration. Everyone tried to remain positive.
I love reinventing my music and myself as well, and that's something my fans love about me.
My love for the female hip hop movement has always been genuine.
I love doing things people don't expect.
My fan mail is what keeps me going.
I want all my friends, family and fans to know that I am in good spirits and I will be fine.
Sometimes, I don't even want to put on makeup. And sometimes, I feel so unattractive and blah.
'Dancing With The Stars' is a little family. The cast, we're all together - we're a really friendly competition.
Like, I get along with everybody. I respect everybody, but at the same time, I carry myself with an aura that demands respect, too.
From being in the industry as a teenager, I'm so used to getting makeup done all day.
Sometimes I'll be driving and a lyric will come into my head, and I will have to pull over and record it on my phone.
The one thing I do like is lotion and moisture on my hands and face. I love to have my face moisturized. I like different ones. I like Natura Bisse.
I love being the underdog sometimes.
Honestly, I can't survive without my MAC gloss, pigment - sometimes MAC powder. But definitely my gloss and pigment and liner. I don't do mascara all the time. I do when I wear no lashes. I use the mascara, but when I wear lashes, I don't always do mascara, because it makes it real heavy sometimes.
When you are a real artist who is serious about your craft, you love good music. Period.
I've always expressed my love for fashion through my music.
I'm blessed enough to been in the game for a while and still have my beautiful fans and still have the respect. That's something that gets me going. I'm also fortunate enough to take vacation and take a little hiatus.

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