Happy TBT! I know it’s been a minute since I did a Throwback Thursday/Where are they now post but about a week ago I was listening to music and getting dressed, I mean fresh and needed some theme music. So, I pulled up a Lil Kim video. It immediately took me back to the 90’s…
The year was 1995 and females in hip hop were on the move to take over the Rap/Hip-Hop game. The road had already been paved by some of my fave female mc’s like Salt-N-Pepa, MC Lyte, Sweet Tee and Queen Latifah. But clearly something was missing. It was one thing to be able to hang with the boys, but it was a whole other animal to be able to carve out a position from within the boys and Lil Kim did just that.
Kimberly Denise Jones, aka Lil Kim, got her start as the one and only female MC in the otherwise all male group Junior Mafia whose debut album, Conspiracy, hit number eight on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 69,000 copies in its first week of release. All I can remember is the first time I heard Players Anthem. The beat was sick and the hook, sung by Notorious B.I.G., was undeniable! And then there was Lil Kim. Short pixie cut, curly hair, red lips and a fur…Claaaassic!!
“I use to pack macks in the cadillacs…nines in the stores, glocks in the bags, maxin mini-markets, gettin money with the A-rabs!” Whaaat!! Players Anthem peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and No. 2 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart. Junior Mafia was the ish, but Lil Kim was definitely the star.
After three hits off the Conspiracy album with the Junior Mafia, Lil Kim released her first highly anticipated solo album HardCore….and that it was. I remember when I first popped the cd in….maaaaan, whaaaat!!!! Anybody that remembers that intro, knows exactly what I’m talking about. We had never heard anything so raunchy from a female rap artist before or for a women in music to publicly own her sexuality like that, but we couldn’t get enough. Lil Kim spoke for a generation of “get money” chics that were tired of men calling the shots, dominating the industry, holding us to the double-standard and treating us like we weren’t capable of doing what they did. Women wanted to be heard and wanted to be acknowledged as players in the game. So, if we had to hold our snatch like men hold their sacks, then so be it…I guess. lol Anyhoo, she reminded the world that “behind every man, there’s a bad girl”.
Lil Kim, along with her arch nemesis Foxy Brown raised the bar and dominated the female rap category for years. Although she was a tiny 5 ft tall, Biggie nick-named her Big Momma and she was just that. I remember meeting and hanging out with Kim back in the day with one of our mutual friends, Nettie Washington. She was definitely the boss, she took care of everybody, but was always a lot of fun and very down to earth.
Throughout her career Kim has sold over 11 million albums worldwide and in 2014 was included in Billboards list of the “31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop”. Today, not only is she CEO of her own enterprise, Queen B Entertainment, but Lil Kim is mommy to baby girl, Royal. She’s a staple at various coveted social and fashion events and is currently in the studio and planning to tour soon.
You got it goin on, wha-what!
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