Since the emergence of Nicki Minaj, Lil Kim has seemed to make her way back into the limelight, but everyone seems to think it’s only to fight the Young Money heiress for allegedly jacking her style.

While hip-hop’s Queen Bee might not be on hip-hop’s radar right now as the dopest female MC, people shouldn't forget that Kim helped pave the way for women in hip-hop. Whether you remember her as Biggie’s mistress or as the explicit female lyricist, there’s no disputing Lil Kim can flow and her talent reigned through ’90s. To help you remember all that the hip-hop queen had to offer, XXLmag.com is here to take you down memory lane to look at the best of Lil Kim. — Amber McKynzie and Ralph Bristout