Lil' Kim


Date Of Birth

July 11, 1975


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Born Kimberly Denise Jones on July 11, 1975 in Brooklyn, New York, Lil’ Kim is a Grammy-winning rapper and singer best known for being the first female rapper to have a number 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit – Lady Marmalade, alongside Christina Aguilera, Pink, and Mya. Lil’ Kim’s parents separated when she 9, after which she stayed with older brother Christopher with her dad. Growing up, she met Christopher Wallace, who is better known as Notorious B.I.G, who had been influential in both her personal and professional life.

In 1994, Lil’ Kim joined the group called Junior M.A.F.I.A with their first and only album called Conspiracy. Their first single reached the top of the rap charts. Meanwhile, their third single “Get Money” was certified gold. After Junior M.A.F.I.A, Lil’ Kim went on to establish a solo career by recording her debut album. She released “Hard Core” which debuted on the eleventh spot on the Billboard 200 and #2 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Rap albums chart. Later on, she teamed up with the likes of Missy Elliott, Angie Martinez, Da Brat, and Left Eye of TLC. In 1999, she performed on P. Diddy’s “No Way Out” tour, along with her own label called Queen Bee Entertainment.

In 2001, Lil’ Kim teamed up with Aguilera, Pink, and Mya for the remake of Lady Marmalade for the soundtrack of Moulin Rouge. The song became number one in 50 countries, and Lil’ Kim consequently became the first female rapper in history to have her first number 1 Hot 100 hit and her first Grammy.

In March 2005, Lil’ Kim suffered a legal altercation after she was found guilty of conspiracy and perjury for lying to a grand jury about her friends’ involvement in a 2001 shooting incident in Manhattan. She is one of the stars to appear on the eighth season of Dancing with the Stars on ABC.

Place of Birth

Brooklyn, New York

Birth Name

Kimberly Denise Jones



Fun Facts

Towards the end of his life, Kim nurtured a romantic relationship with the late rapper Notorious B.I.G. that caused a rift between Kim and R&B singer (and Biggie’s widow), Faith Evans.

There's an accredited Syracuse University course titled "The Life and Times of Lil' Kim."


Lil' Kim, is a Grammy Award winning, American multi-platinum rapper and singer. Her 2005 album, The Naked Truth, was awarded the 5 mics award from The Source magazine, making it the first album by any female rapper to achieve that rating. She is the first female rapper to have a #1 Billboard Hot 100 hit. In addition, she is also one of three female rappers to have a #1 Billboard Hot 100 hit which was 2001's Lady Marmalade, with Christina Aguilera, Pink, & Mya.


1999: She's All That
2001: Zoolander (cameo)
2002: Juwanna Mann
2003: Those Who Walk in Darkness
2003: Gang of Roses
2004: Nora's Hair Salon
2004: You Got Served
2005: Lil' Pimp (voice)
2005: There's a God on the Mic


Queen Bee


4' 11" (1.50 m)


"I am blessed to have so many great things in my life - family, friends and God. All will be in my thoughts daily."

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