Lil' Kim Hosts The Notorious B.I.G. 50th Birthday Dinner Gala

Lil' Kim hosted the 2nd Annual Biggie Dinner Gala for the Notorious B.I.G's 50th birthday at Guastavino's in NYC on May 20.

On Saturday (his actual birthday), Manhattan’s Empire State Building will be illuminated in red and white, with a crown spinning atop to signify the slain rapper’s still-status as the King of New York. Elsewhere, in his own borough of Brooklyn, the Barclay’s Center will display a montage of classic videos from the rapper’s iconic cannon of artistry.

Instagram Clips: Red carpet clip ------- Junior Mafia perform Juicy ------- Kim's speech ------- Kim performs It's All About The Benjamins ------- Red carpet interview clip with CBS ------- Kim posing for pictures at the dinner table ------- Kim honors BIG.

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Lil' Kim Hosting Notorious B.I.G. 50th Birthday Dinner Gala

New York City is going big this year for The Notorious B.I.G.’s 50th birthday celebration with Empire State Building lighting, Lincoln Center tribute and now a star-studded Dinner Gala, hosted by Lil Kim.

The star-studded event takes place today (Fri, May 20th) at Guastavino’s and features a once-in-a-lifetime lineup of industry titans and family members of the late rapper. Legendary performers include Fabolous, Fat Joe, Lil’ Cease Junior M.A.F.I.A, CJ Wallace, Dave East, Jada Kiss, Faith Evans, 112, Bone Thugs, French Montana, Beanie Siegel, Freeway, and more. The tribute of performances features an epic playlist of his greatest hits.

The 2nd Annual B.I.G. Dinner Gala is presented by Lexus and Pepsi.

The black-tie gala and concert will bring together some of the biggest names in hip hop to honor beloved rapper Biggie Smalls with a pre-filmed celebrity procession of Lexus LX SUVs across Manhattan and Brooklyn.

The event is powered by Culture Creative, the black-owned Emmy Award-winning agency established to connect brands with emerging cultural marketing places through new and innovative ways of authentic storytelling. Fans can tune into the live stream at 10:30 pm EST on Biggie Smalls and Lil’ Kim’s official Instagram pages. After the event, the video footage will be on YouTube.

Widely considered the greatest rapper of all time, Biggie’s contribution reverberates through hip hop-inspiring countless generations. His prolific legacy is emblazed in pop culture history. (themusicuniverse)

05.20.22 : 5 Women Essential To Rap

5 Women Essential To Rap: Cardi B, Lil' Kim, MC Lyte, Sylvia Robinson & Tierra Whack

In honor of Women’s History Month, highlights some of the culture-shifting women who have changed the course of rap, spotlighting one artist who is moving the genre forward

Women have always been essential to rap and, today, they’re getting their deserved recognition more than ever before. Female rappers have continuously contributed to rap's sound, fashion, commercial success not just compared to their male counterparts, but across the genre — increasing its global impact.

The lyrical prowess of early pioneers such as MC Sha-Rock and MC Lyte demanded respect in a male-dominated industry, while rappers such as Queen Latifah, Monie Love and Yo-Yo advanced conscious hip-hop and confronted misogyny. Salt-N-Pepa owned their sex appeal, while Lil’ Kim introduced a feminine perspective to a sex-positive narrative that had previously been controlled by men.

Lil’ Kim: The "Queen of Rap" who reinvented hip-hop fashion>

Salt-N-Pepa introduced feminist sex appeal to hip-hop, but Lil’ Kim took it a step further. The Brooklyn native burst onto the rap scene in 1996 with her solo debut album Hard Core, quickly gaining attention with her raunchy lyrics and feminine style. Prior to Kim, rappers like Queen Latifah and MC Lyte had gained entry to the male-dominated hip-hop space with masculine swagger and fashion. Choosing instead to steal the spotlight with jaw-dropping and sexy styles, Kim created a new avenue for women rappers — owning their sexuality — which is still mimicked today.

"[Lil' Kim] was the first time for me that I saw that much sexiness in female hip-hop," Trina, whose own explicit lyrics catapulted her to success in the late '90s and early 2000s, recounted in "The Real Queens of Hip-Hop," TV special. "She created and started that."

Kim also pushed the boundaries for female rap music success. Her debut album Hard Core debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200, the highest-ranking debut for a woman MC at the time. Kim was also the first female rapper to have three consecutive No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart; her GRAMMY-winning collaboration with Christina Aguilera, P!nk and Mýa, "Lady Marmalade," was the best-selling single of 2001.

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Lil Kim Attends Party in Las Vegas

Lil' Kim attended a star-studded Billboard Music Awards after party at Tao's in Las Vegas. The celebs in the pictures include Diddy, Christian Combs, Kimbella, Misa Hylton, Maxwell, Mary J Blige, and Janelle Monáe.


Ray J Joins Lil Kim on Stage at Lovers & Friends Festival

Lil' Kim brought out Ray J to perform their single Wait a Minute at the Lovers & Friends Festival in Las Vegas on May 14th. Checkout a clip of the performance, here..

Instagram Clips: Wait A Minute with Ray J ------ Kim's Entrance ------ Quiet Storm ------ It's All About The Benjamins ------ Crush on You with Lil Cease ------ I'm Coming Out.


Ja Rule Puts Lil Kim on His Rap Mount Rushmore

Ja Rule forged successful partnerships with the likes of Ashanti, Jennifer Lopez and Christina Milian during his early 2000s heyday, but it was another female artist he was mesmerized with during his appearance on The Breakfast Club on Monday (May 9).

After arguing female rappers don’t get enough love when it comes to conversations about who belongs on Hip Hop’s Mount Rushmore, the Queens, New York native gave Lil Kim her flowers for setting the blueprint that many of today’s biggest stars — including Nicki Minaj, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion — have followed.

“Let’s talk about Lil Kim,” Ja said. “When you look at the Cardis and the Nickis and the Megans — every female. And then go listen to the Hard Core album. I understand why she’s so revered like that. That album is crazy. And she’s spitting on that album. She’s going on that album! So I get it when these females are like, ‘Yo, Kim was it for me.’ I get it now.” (


Lil' Kim Attends Release Party for Yume's Debut Single

Lil' Kim attented the release party for Yume's debut single, Do It Better, at Catch Steak in New York City. According to FashionBombDaily, Kim wore the following accessories: $855 Gucci sunglasses, $1,655 Amina Muaddi boots, a $2,195 Dolce & Gabbana camouflage bag, and a matching $925 Dolce & Gabbana camouflage belt.


The Lil Kim Supreme Tee

Supreme just unveiled its new tees for Spring 2022, but there’s only one that really matters. That would be the Lil Kim Tee that features the Queen Bee’s iconic photo of her popping a squat.

The image features Kim in a squat post while rocking a leopard-print bikini, and was shot by Michael Lavine.

The Notorious B.I.G. actually picked out the famed photo, which was part of the promo campaign for her debut album, Hard Core. But it wasn’t all good, at first.

“So many women were hating on me — I was surprised… because it wasn’t tasteless. It was classy, it was cute,” she told Talib Kweli when she was a guest on his The People’s Podcast several years ago.

Nevertheless, it’s not hyperbole to call the image, which has often been imitated through the years, as iconic. Supreme knows the vibes, slapping it on a tee along with the words “Hot Damn Ho Here We Go Again” in script on the back. That line is from Kim’s verse on Mobb Deep’s “Quiet Storm (Remix),” which is itself a nod to MC Lyte’s “10% Dis.”

Expect this tee to sell out immediately when it drops on Thursday, April 14 at 11 am. Good hunting (

More pictures from the Lil Kim x Supreme Collection

(updated) Lil Kim Perfoms at April Fools Comedy Jam in Brooklyn

Instagram Clips: Crush on You ----- Crush on You clip2 ----- Crush on You clip3 ----- It's All About The Benjamins.


Lil Kim Joins Rock the Bells Festival in Queens

Hip hop fans in New York City have one more date to look forward to this summer. Rapper and NCIS: Los Angeles actor LL Cool J recently announced the lineup for his hip-hop festival Rock the Bells, which will take place at the Forest Hill Stadium in Queens on August 6.

Iconic West Coast rapper Ice Cube will take to the stage, and the festival will include performances by Fat Joe and Remy Ma, Jadakiss, Trina, Lil' Kim, and Rick Ross among others. More artists will be announced in the next few weeks.

A New Yorker himself, LL Cool J is proud of launching such a hip-hop heavy event. "This festival is my way of showing love to the community of hip-hop and celebrating the incredible journey this culture has taken," said LL Cool J, as Complex reports. "Getting to bring some of the most iconic and influential hip-hop artists to the same stage, in my hometown and the city that started it all, is an honor and I can't wait for everyone to see what we have in store for them."

Registration for pre-sale is already open and available here. To purchase general admission tickets, you can head over to the festival's website starting Friday, April 8 at 10 am.


Lil’ Kim, Jessie J headlining WeHo’s first Pride

West Hollywood’s first Pride celebration since the city parted ways with L.A. Pride will feature Lil’ Kim, Jessie J, Marina and a slew of other popular musical acts performing at West Hollywood Park from Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5.

After years of being hosted in WeHo, L.A. Pride will now be held in Hollywood. Christina Aguilera is set to headline.

A limited number of early bird-priced tickets are available now until April 3 for $89. Tickets and more information regarding the festival, including single-day pass availability, can be found here.

Friday, June 3

Marina, Lil’ Kim, Slayyyter, Shea Diamond, CupcakKe, Ylona Garcia,, Gina Chavez,Cassidy King, Mari, Mila Jam, Kornbread Jete.


Lil Kim Performs at Sunset in West Hollywood

Instagram Clips: No Time ----- Crush On You ----- Big Momma Thang ----- Kim's entrance.


Lil Kim's Book Pushed Back Again

The release of Lil Kim's highly anticipated memoir, The Queen Bee, has once again been pushed back and is now scheduled to be released March 19, 2024. No further details have been provided.


Nicki Minaj Comments on Lil' Kim

Nicki Minaj says she and Lil Kim both should have had American Vogue covers already. Click Here to watch clip.

“The same way I feel I should have already been on the cover of American Vogue, so should have Lil’ Kim. If we being all the way a thousand. If this is what your magazine represents, influence…” She added, “Because when myself or Lil Kim goes on the internet, every day we see our influence. We will see our influence. So, I’m not gonna say it’s about me only and not give that woman her dues.”

Nicki Minaj & Joe Budden Discuss Doing A Possible Verzuz w/ Lil’ Kim. Click Here to watch clip.

The rapper’s comments came during her wide-ranging, nearly two-hour-long conversation with Joe Budden on the former Slaughterhouse member’s YouTube channel. “I saw you say that you would do a Verzuz with one or two people,” the host began as Minaj looked on. “We all got to guessing. I already know [who] one of those people would and should be. My guess would be [Lil] Kim.”

“I haven’t said anyone’s name,” Minaj replied with a coy grin before reiterating, “I’m not saying anybody’s name.”


Azealia Banks Reveals Lil Kim Collaboration

Azealia Banks recently posted about an upcoming collaboration with Lil Kim on her Instagram:

"Lmao ya'll know how much I adore Lil Kim and my Shlomo obessesion.

I am not ashamed of crying. I'm probably going to cry again when the song is finished. Because this is too important and epic"


Lil Kim Parties in Miami

Kim enjoyed herself at the Hardrock Guitar Hotel in Miami with Jason Lee, Tommie Lee, The Game, Bobby Lytes and more.


Glitter Bodysuit Pictures


Savage Fenty X Lil Kim


(UPDATED!) Lil Kim in Los Angeles During Super Bowl Weekend


Aphrodisiak Available in April

Legendary artist and fashion trailblazer Lil’ Kim gave Leafly a special Valentine’s Day scoop on her designer line of strains, Aphrodisiak. The highly-anticipated brand will be available to California shoppers in April, with plans to expand in markets like Michigan, New Jersey, and Kim’s native New York shortly after.

All of the brand’s products have been hand-selected and developed over two years with Kim’s input to ensure they inspire the same raw passion and stimulation fans have come to expect over her 25-plus years of stardom. “I test my product. I tested this and I was like ‘Oh yeah, this is that gas,'” Kim said last year when the brand was announced. Her and her team remain hands on with the day-to-day development of the line of products, placing quality control above all.

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Instagram Clips: Crush On You ----- No Time ----- w/ Russel Simmons.


Lil' Kim Jokes It Was '30 Minutes from Showtime' When Her Iconic VMAs Wig 'Came Out Lavender'

Kimberly Denise Jones, a.k.a. Lil Kim, is often credited as one of the most iconic rappers of all time after she single-handedly broke the glass ceiling for a new style of women in the hip-hop industry.

In season two of American Gangster: Trap Queens on BET+, Lil' Kim tells the stories of women who worked tirelessly to overcome their life's struggles — much like the star. Abandoned by her father at just 13 years old, Lil' Kim, 46, tells PEOPLE how she powered through a difficult childhood as well as mentally and physically abusive relationships to become the trailblazer she is today. The hitmaker also opens up about her longtime love and collaborator, the late Biggie Smalls, and tells PEOPLE the hilarious story behind the unforgettable lavender outfit she wore to the MTV Video Music Awards.

"A lot of these girls' stories are so similar to mine," she tells PEOPLE. "I wanted to come home and my dad was like, 'Oh no, you ran away? Stay your ass in the street.' I was doing some of those same things at a very young age. My life was that way anyway, so I was having fun, but it was dangerous."

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