Lil' Kim

Biography: Kimberly Denise Jones's evolution into one of hip hop's true superstars began when the native of Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy neighbourhood crossed paths with another young superstar-in-the-making, Christopher Wallace. It was in the early '90s that Wallace - by then known to all as The Notorious B.I.G. - turned hip hop impresario, channelling his growing industry clout into launching the Brooklyn rap collective Junior M.A.F.I.A. (Junior Masters At Finding Intelligent Attitudes). The moment for Lil' Kim had arrived. Also comprised of The 6's (Lil' Cease, Chico, Nino Brown); the Snakes (cousins Trife and Larceny); and Solo MC Klepto, the group entered the top 10 of the Billboard 200 in September of 1995 with its Undeas/Big Beat/Atlantic debut album, Conspiracy. As the album reached the #2 spot of the Billboard R&B chart, Junior M.A.F.I.A. hit the road for their first major tour, opening shows across the U.S. for Biggie. That fall, the JM kept it rolling as they scored RIAA gold with theirKimberly Denise Jones's evolution into one of hip hop's true superstars began when the native of Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy neighbourhood crossed paths with another young superstar-in-the-making, Christopher Wallace. It was in the early '90s that Wallace - by then known to all as The Notorious B.I.G. - turned hip hop impresario, channelling his growing industry clout into launching the Brooklyn rap collective Junior M.A.F.I.A. (Junior Masters At Finding Intelligent Attitudes). The moment for Lil' Kim had arrived. Also comprised of The 6's (Lil' Cease, Chico, Nino Brown); the Snakes (cousins Trife and Larceny); and Solo MC Klepto, the group entered the top 10 of the Billboard 200 in September of 1995 with its Undeas/Big Beat/Atlantic debut album, Conspiracy. As the album reached the #2 spot of the Billboard R&B chart, Junior M.A.F.I.A. hit the road for their first major tour, opening shows across the U.S. for Biggie. That fall, the JM kept it rolling as they scored RIAA gold with their Player's Anthem single, the record that notably put the spotlight on Kim and Lil' Cease. In less than a year, the group earned RIAA platinum with both its Get Money single and the Conspiracy album. It was then that Kim and Biggie laid plans for Hard Core, the Undeas/Big Beat/Atlantic debut that would team Kim with a host of top producers, including Puffy, Jermaine Dupri, Prestige, and High - while enjoying some serious support from partners in rhyme, Junior M.A.F.I.A. In November of 1996, Kim stepped out in record-breaking solo fashion with a #11 (with a bullet) debut on the Billboard 200 for Hard Core, marking what was the highest-ever debut for a female hip-hop artist on that chart. The album's impressive achievements were driven in part by the break-out success of Kim's debut single, No Time, a nine-weeks-at-#1 rap chart smash that featured none other than Puffy. In addition to receiving critical acclaim in such publications as The Source (three-and-a-half mics), Billboard, and Elle, Kim was spotlighted in a Source profile titled Momma Superior: As Rap's Newest Female Soloist, Lil' Kim Leaves The Inhibitions At The Door And Gives The World A Taste Of What Young Sexuality Is All About. It's the kind of headline she'd inspire again and again. Lil’ Kim also joined with Junior M.A.F.I.A. on the platinum-certified soundtrack to the 1996 feature film Sunset Park with We Don't Need It (which Kim also recorded for Hard Core). On March 5, 1997, Kim earned RIAA gold with No Time. However, after March 9th, her life would never be the same: That night, The Notorious B.I.G. was shot to death while leaving an industry event at the Petersen Automotive Museum in the Mid-Wilshire District of Los Angeles. By the end of 1997, Kim's RIAA track record continued with platinum awards for Hard Core and Not Tonight. In between the release of Hard Core and The Notorious Kim, - as she struggled to cope with her loss - Kim contributed to recordings by Jay-Z, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Mobb Deep, Funkmaster Flex, Black Rob, and even Tommy Lee‘s Methods of Mayhem. In March of 1998, Puffy invited Kim to sign on as one of the featured performers on his all-star "Bad Boy Tour," one of rap's most successful road shows. Kim made her small screen debut in the season finale of VIP. Endorsement deals with MAC Cosmetics, Candie's shoes, and Iceberg jeans have combined to push Kim even further into the national consciousness. Kim has also earned a pair of Soul Train/Lady of Soul awards, took the stage as a presenters at the VH1 Fashion Awards and The Source Awards. Still, Kim's rhymes tell the tale of a young woman who, regardless of her many accomplishments, still knows how to find her way home - even as her Jersey crib calls her to cross the Hudson and Hollywood continues to beckon her West. Kim made her big screen debut in 1999's She‘s All That, followed by films such as Scary Movie, Moulin Rouge and Longshot. Kim is now the CEO of her own Queen Bee Records with the release of The Wonderful World Of Cease-A-Leo, the solo debut from Lil' Cease - which notably featured the Cease/Kim collaboration, Play Around. As further testament to her star power, Kim was invited to induct Earth, Wind & Fire into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame during ceremonies held at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. Expand

Lil' Kim's Scores

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Average career score: 65
Highest Metascore: 66 The Naked Truth
Lowest Metascore: 65 La Bella Mafia
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
2 music reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
66 The Naked Truth Sep 27, 2005 Primary Artist 7.7
65 La Bella Mafia Mar 4, 2003 Primary Artist 8.4