Way before Beyoncé, rap veteran Lil' Kim was the first to be crowned the Queen Bee. The Brooklyn, N.Y. rhymer, born Kimberly Denise Jones, changed the rap game with her stellar rap skills, seductive lyrics and glamorous persona in the 1990s.
In 1996, Kim released her debut project, Hard Core, which features her lyrical bravado and unapologetic sexuality. Buoyed by the Lil Cease-assisted single "Crush on You," the album went platinum and established Kim as the "Queen Bitch" of hip-hop.
Twenty-five years later, no rapper is more influential to the new female rhymers dominating the rap game. You can see a little of Lil' Kim's sexualized influence in rap elites like Foxy Brown, Nicki Minaj and Trina as well as newcomers like Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, Kash Doll, Cupcakke, Doja Cat and more.
Through the years, Kim has been saluted either musically or visually from her rap peers. Additionally, several rappers have shouted out her name in their lyrics. So XXL highlights rappers who have paid homage to Lil' Kim in their lyrics. Check it out.