Today In Hip-Hop: Lil Kim Celebrates 39th Birthday

On this day, July 11, in hip-hop history… 1974: Brooklyn native, Kimberly “Lil Kim” Jones, is a 19-year veteran in the rap game. As protégé of the late Notorious B.I.G., Kim began her career as the sole female face of rap group, Junior M.A.F.I.A in the mid 1990s. The 1996 solo release of her double Platnium debut album Hard Core was draped with even harder core lyrics and sexually explicit content—a first for a female MC. Her envelope pushing lines generated 2000’s The Notorious K.I.M., and 2003’s La Bella Mafia. Both albums are certified Platinum hits, making her one of only two ...

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