Lil Kim. biography
Born Kimberly Denis Jones on July 11, 1974, in Brooklyn, New York, Lil Kim first got her start in the rap group Junior M.A.F.I.A. Formed by her friend The Notorious B.I.G. in 1994, the group debuted their one and only album Conspiracy at number 8 on the Billboard 200 chart with the hit singles "Player's Anthem," "I Need You Tonight" and "Get Money." Lil Kim then left the group to start working on her solo career and released her debut album Hard Core in 1996. The album reached number 11 on the Billboard 200 chart and put Lil Kim on the map as a female lyrical powerhouse.
In 1998, Lil Kim established her own recording label Queen Bee Entertainment and continued to gain a following by attaching herself to ad campaigns for some of the most popular brands, including Baby Phat, Candies, and Versace.
Two years later, Kim dropped her second studio album The Notorious K.I.M, which debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200 chart. She found additional success in 2001, with the release of the hit remake "Lady Marmalade" in collaboration with Pink, Mya and Christina Aguilera. Off of the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack, the hit track made Lil Kim the first rapper to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and remain there for five weeks. The song was a number one hit in over 50 countries worldwide and earned Lil Kim her first Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals in 2002.
In March 2003, Lil Kim released her third studio album La Bell Mafia at number five on the Billboard 200 with its lead single "Came Back For You" earning her a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Rap Solo Performance and its second single "Magic Stick," featuring 50 cent, earning her a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Collaboration.
Despite landing in prison during 2005, Lil Kim still released her fourth studio album The Naked Truth and became the first female rapper to earn a 5 mic rating by The Source. The album debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 chart, but sold a mere 400,000 copies.
After ending her relationship with Atlantic Records in 2008, Lil Kim went on a collaboration spree with the rap game's most prominent players, including Dr. Dre, Ludacris, Young Jeezy and Rick Ross. She has most recently kicked off of her Return of the Queen Tour in May 2012 and is expected to release her untitled fifth album in 2013.