The singer’s real name is Lil’ Kim is Kimberly Denise Jones. She was born on July 11, 1976, in Bedford- Stuyvesant, Brooklyn (in one of the districts of New York). The girl performed her tracks in hip-hop style. In addition, she is a composer, model, and actress.
Childhood and youth
It is impossible to say that her young years were cloudless and happy. She graduated from Brooklyn High School. At the same time, she did not want to study further. Lil decided to study music at the age of 14.
The fate of little Kimberly was affected by the divorce of her parents when she was only 9 years old. At that time, she stayed to live with her father. The little girl had to go through a difficult 5 years. Dad brought up his daughter in strictness, so Lil Kim often came to school with traces of beatings. After another scandal and beating at the age of 14, the future famous singer left home. She started a wandering life.
The girl had to live on the streets of Brooklyn. Sometimes it turned out to stay with friends. Kimberly talked about how she had to survive. She tried to do everything in her power not to die on the streets of her hometown.
After a certain time, she entered college. At the same time, she was hired at the Bloomingdales supermarket. From that moment on, there was stability in her life.
It was during this period that her biography took a sharp turn. One day, when the girl was going to work, Christopher Wallace approached her. The rapper is known under the pseudonym Notorious B.I.G. The guy immediately asked if the girl was reading rap. The girl has already been noted at parties by performing many compositions in this direction.
The launch was very successful. Christopher introduced her to Junior M.A.F.I.A. The band gained fame after recording the song Player’s Anthem. The band recorded tracks at Bad Boy Records. The first album Conspiracy quickly became popular, it entered the top 10 in Billboard.
At the same time as participating in the team, she worked on projects: Mona Lisa, Skin Deep, The Isley Brothers, and Total.
The girl began to expand her creativity in a solo direction. In 1996, she released the album Hard Core. This album was different from everything that rappers offered to listeners of that time. The theme of sex, street life with guns, and profanity prevailed here.
Conservatives began to actively criticize her. But Lil Kim replied that it was a reflection of real life, her self-realization, and personal life experience. Producers like Sean Combs helped promote the record. Thanks to the strong support, the album became “platinum”. She deservedly received the unspoken title of the queen of rap.
She began collaborating with brands such as Dior, Versace, and Dolce & Gabbana. In 1998, the singer became the face of Versace.
In 1999, she created her own record company, Queen Bee Intertainment. A year later, Lil renamed it to I.R.S. Records. Notorious K.I.M recorded her second CD on her own label.
Around the same time, the star began acting in films. The debut can be considered the series V.I.P. Here Lil appeared in one of the episodes.
Another success is considered to be the remake of Lady Marmalade — this is an excerpt from the soundtrack to the film “Moulin Rouge”. Along with Lil Kim, such famous performers as Pink, K. Aguilera, and Mya participated. Thanks to this project, she received two awards: a Grammy and an MTV Video Music Award.
She continued to work on developing a solo career. From 2002 to March 2003, the girl worked on the third album La Bella Mafia. This album reached the 5th position of the Billboard 200.
While working, the singer met with Scott Storch. Just before the release of the album, she starred in the nude for Playboy. In July of the same year, Lil became the author of the Hollyhood clothing line. In addition, she produced jewelry of personal manufacture Diamond Roses.
On September 27, 2005, the singer released her next album, The Naked Truth, which received a “gold” American certification.
Until 1997, Lil met with rapper Notorious B.I.G. Their romantic relationship was interrupted by the death of a loved one. Kim was pregnant by this man, but did not dare to give birth and had an abortion.
Since 2012, she has been dating Mr. Papers. Their daughter Royal Rain was born in 2014, but then they broke up. In addition, for one year she dated Ray Jay.
Lil Kim has had multiple boob jobs. First, the star had breast augmentation surgery. But the breast implants were installed too widely. As a result, her breasts sagged, and she decided to have a corrective breast lift operation.
Then Lil Kim decided to improve her face and had a nose job. But the singer’s boyfriend broke her nose and she had to have rhinoplasty again. The changes also affected the cheekbones and chin. Additionally, Lil Kim did lip augmentation.
But even celebrities are not immune from the negative effects of aesthetic medicine. The star who didn’t say “stop” in time became a victim of plastic surgery.