Lil' Kim Reviews the Most Scandalous Looks From the Fall Runways
(Vogue) Type “Lil’ Kim CFDA” into Google and you’ll find a virtual petition at the top of the page. It’s a plea for the council to honor the rap doyenne and style provocateur with the Fashion Icon Award. Type #LilKimCfda into the Twitter search field, and you’ll discover a feed filled with hyper-passionate fans campaigning for her to be crowned with the prestigious title. Considering the heavy impact that her breast-baring, blinged-out aesthetic has had on those who came after her in the entertainment world, it’s easy to understand the frustration. Before there was Kim Kardashian West going to get fro-yo in bedroom lingerie and Adidas track pants; Katy Perry in her blue wig and sheer diamante encrusted mini dress; and a certain pasty-wearing female lyricist turning up in the front row at Paris Fashion Week, there was Kimberly Denise Jones.
With her neon furs and embellished bikinis, Lil’ Kim brought sex appeal to the male-dominated rap game in the ’90s and beyond. She made it cool to wear things like beaded headdresses and purple glitter pasties on the red carpet, and she formed tight, lasting relationships with some of fashion’s biggest players. Early on in her career, she’d be spotted hugging the likes of Giorgio Armani while dressed in a thong-baring black chainmail dress. In 2005 she attended the Met Gala on the arm of her close friend Marc Jacobs, and since then, she’s been a regular fixture at his shows. She also often visits him for lunch at his studio where he shows her mood boards and fabrics and her song “How Many Licks?” plays in the background.
"This is a demo version of "Fuck You" from Lil' Kim's debut album Hardcore. This track only contains Kim's verse and and features a different vocal take from the album version. Although the lyrics are the same, you can hear the difference in her cadence over an unfinished version of the beat."