Lil’ Kim:
It Has Been Said

80lilkim1.jpgRide or Die Chick, Down-Ass Bitch, Bonnie and Clyde. We’ve all heard the songs, all sung along to the lyrics romanticizing the merits of that very special woman so loyal to her man. She’ll hold his stash, hide his gun, take the weight and go to jail for him—all in the name of love.

Now, in the case of hip-hop’s reigning female MC, life has truly, and bizarrely, imitated art. The first high-profile female rapper to end up behind bars, Kimberly “Lil’ Kim” Jones has emerged as a poster girl for the “no snitching” code that has penetrated hip-hop culture in recent years. Sadly, as she has found out, being that down-ass chick isn’t as romantic as it sounds.

In January, nine months after being found guilty of perjury in a case stemming from a 2001 shoot-out in front of New York radio station Hot 97 (WQHT), Kim sat in a federal detention center outside Philadelphia—the end result of a soap opera of a year she’d like to forget. In 2005, she endured not only an ill-fated trial, but also the very ugly, very public disintegration of the people she considered family for over a decade—Biggie’s crew, Junior M.A.F.I.A. Damion “D. Roc” Butler, a former boyfriend of Kim’s, and another associate, Suif “C Gutta” Jackson, entered guilty pleas in connection with the shooting, contradicting Kim’s previous testimony. Two more longtime cohorts, Antoine “Banger” Spain and James “Lil’ Cease” Lloyd, testified against her in court. Cease even produced a straight-to-DVD documentary, The Chronicles of Junior M.A.F.I.A., which aired dirty laundry and blamed Kim for the crew’s demise—this despite the fact that she’d been the group’s main breadwinner during the eight years since Biggie’s death.

In September, just days after she entered the maximum-security federal prison outside Philadelphia, she started hearing the stories her fellow inmates had told the press: She’d been locked in solitary confinement, she looked “like a wreck,” her hair had been butchered. The next week, her fourth solo album, Naked Truth, was released to great critical acclaim, selling over 100,000 copies and debuting at No. 6 on Billboard’s national albums chart. Two months later, though, it had fallen all the way out of the Top 200. Kim’s three previous albums have all been certified platinum, but with little promotion, and no follow-up to the popular lead single, “Lighters Up,” Naked Truth has yet to go gold. It’s sold a woeful 326,000 copies to date.

In January, a third of the way through her 366-day bid, Kim spoke to XXL over the telephone. Her sentence stipulates that she has to complete 80 percent of her time before being eligible for parole. But with rumors of a potential early release circulating, she was quick with a giggle and eager to address all the issues—including a surprising new hobby that might give a new meaning to her song “The Jump Off.”

XXL: First off, how are you feeling?
Kim: Oh, I’m good, I’m good. I mean, however, no one wants to spend their New Year’s, or Christmas or any of their time at all here.

How did you spend the holidays?
I just spent it, you know, praying. I always go to church on Sundays and Bible study on Tuesdays. So I spent it—when it came in at 12 o’clock, I spent it in my cell reading my Bible. And just before that, me and a couple of cell mates, you know, associates in here, we were watching TV. Just doing what we do, just being women doing our hard time. Fortunately for us, too, they let us do karaoke and stuff like that like on Christmas—just to give us a little bit of spirit [laughs].

What songs do you sing when you do karaoke?
Oh chile, they sing everything. They even got my songs on the karaoke list [laughs]. It’s so embarrassing. And they all do my songs, you know. It’s a blessing. Like, I get along with everybody. I respect everybody, but at the same time, I carry myself with an aura that demands respect, too.

When you first got in there, did you have any fears that people would treat you differently? Or about having a hard time with other inmates?
Nah, I’ve never had any fears, not at all. I knew there could possibly be a few people in there that could be that way, so I was, umm, how can I say it? I was prepared for it. I was, you know, expectin’ it. But honestly, I didn’t get any of that. The hatin’ and the haters that did show themselves, they were inconspicuous until they left outta here and gave false interviews about me, you know what I mean. And it was so false, talking about they cut my hair. Nobody cut my fuckin’ hair. But sometimes people be lookin’ for they little two minutes of fame.

For the most part, everyone’s been extremely, extremely cool. Like, Philly has showed a lot of love. I can honestly say that it’s the state of brotherly love. When I go to sleep at night, I have my headphones on and I listen to the radio sometimes. There’s a DJ here by the name of Golden Girl. Oh, I love her to death. I will always love her, because she is always giving me support. She says things over the radio like, “Keep your head up, girl. We love you, we’re praying for you!”

There were reports you were unhappy because you wanted to go to a minimum-security camp in Connecticut.
Yeah. I was like, “Why am I here? This is not a damn camp. What the hell is this?” I was like, this is some bullshit [giggles]. I’ll tell the truth, I was upset at first. But I have my own cell [here]. And from what I heard, the camp is like a dorm of 16 beds. Every girl is in that room, and somebody’s ass is in your face and somebody’s foot is on your leg. So for the most part, here you kinda have a little bit more privacy. Instead of me having to deal with 1,500 to 2,000 girls every day, there’s about 200 girls on my block. So on my block, you get to know everybody quick, and you kind of become a little family, you know what I mean? You kinda have to look out for each other, because if our block is dirty or if something’s goin’ down on our block, we all get penalized for it. So we have to watch each other’s back, you know. Jail is jail—you got your normal fights, your normal arguments, your normal situations. But you know, if you know how to hold yourself down, you’ll be fine. And if you know how to do what you do and just stay, you know, to yourself.

It must be tough. There must be days when you just don’t wanna deal. There must be some bad days.
Yeah. Oh yeah, definitely. Ooh yes. Let me tell you, I was fine until Thanksgiving [laughs]. But when I tell you that if looks could kill, I’da had another charge, I’m serious. ’Cause I was just, you could see it on my face, and my girls was like “Kim, you all right? You all right?” And I’d be like, “Yeah, I’m aight.” But you know, knowin’ that I’m just on fire inside. Just the holidays is the worst, the worst. I think for any guy, any woman locked up, it’s the worst. My assistant warden, when I go to work, she talks to me a lot. And so does my associate warden. They all say, “You’re going to be a little depressed around the holidays. But don’t worry, it’ll get better, it’ll get better.”

What do you do to keep yourself motivated?
My fan mail is what keeps me going. I got a letter from a 10-year-old girl, and she said, ‘Dear Lil’ Kim, I am so sad that you are in jail, and I pray for you every night. I started selling lemonade so that I can make money to bail you out of jail.’ [Laughs] I tell you, I was in tears. It was just the cutest thing, and you could tell it was so sincere. She sent me a picture of herself, and my friends were around and they were all crying. They were like, “This is just the sweetest thing.” I will [remember] her for the rest of my life. And when I come out, I’m gon’ look for that little girl.

Read the rest of this feature in the May 2006 issue of XXL (#80).

  • http://LilKim Bruce

    Lil Kim is such a wonderful and special person, who is doing what she got to do to make it in there. It take a strong person of her sature to hold her head up high and face her troubles head on, I think Kim is doing it and when she gets out she’s going to be bigger and better than before.

  • Deshawn

    Lil Kim is the bomb, that bitch is no joke. Shell be outta jail soon.

  • Gerald

    Lil’ Kim is so hot we keep saying, but we as her fans fell to have her best album get certified platinum we need get out and cop that album right now. Come on and support your girl.

  • Ant

    you can tell that she is truly a loyal and sincere person and beyond all that fame she still keeps is real. Its unfortunate that the majority of the people can only concentrate about how much surgery she had. Her music is great and she continues to hit us off with great songs. I agree when she gets out of jail she is going to be bigger and better. Even in jail she is still holding it down.

  • fabian

    lil kim is 1 of the the best female rappers to date. big up lil kim. she got so much support and she desrves it. cant wait ti here sum nu shit wen she gets out!

  • Ashley

    Yo whats really g00d Kim!! I hope u are doing goodin thierk33p ya head up iight it aint over all dem niggas that f*cked you ova is all snakes u gonna get through this you will be out in no time……I love you!!
    Love,alwayz & 4ever

    ~*Ashley*~

  • elizabeth

    i love lil kim to death and i cant wait till she gets out to shut remy ma up kim i love u honey keep ur head up and remain the toughest bitch the world has ever seen God bless u and thanx to xxl for the interview with kim

  • BRANDON P

    YEAH KIM IS THE BIZNESS! SHE GONNA COME HOME. DO HER, AND BE THE BEST FEMALE EVER TO DO IT.THAT NEXT ALBUM RACKING UP ALL THE GRAMMYS. THIS 1 SHOULDVE GOT SOME, IT WAS SO gOOD! IF U DONT HAVE THE ALBUM YET GO GET IT.

  • Marvin

    Lil Kim Is a True Female.Anybody that doesn’t respect what this woman did,Does not know what it mean to Ride or Die.For anybody that didn’t cop the Naked Truth,will never know the truth.She put herself out there in the streets and on this cd.5:LLLLL.for being loyal,True Story,hold ya head up ma,u know it will rain,but cant nobody stop yo shine.

  • raymond brown

    first of all i would like to thank yall XXL mag for showing lil kim love on the interview.shes a beatiful person inside \out im one of her biggest fans over 30 something she is the top female rap mc period even though her latest albulm didnt sell that much its still lil kim at her best easily one of her best albulms lilkim has IT this is just an example she is going to get even better she is the best famale rap mc and look at the stats. those other female artists had a chance to do it but do you hear anything about any other female artist selling big right now not. so what does that say shes not selling on this albulm and these others(female mcs) aint either so her career is going up when she gets out i just now it i love you lil kim the world aint see shit yet your # 1fan baby bkln ny ci

  • Leon Peters

    My Baby Kimbery is so so amazing the way she carry’s herself. I juz cnt wait till june when she comes out.

    Kim continue doin it way big.

    I Love U Leon xXx

  • http://lilkimzone.com bed_stuy kid

    kim is the shit and u know what she is going toi be out soon and kill aqll these hoes…..

  • REAL REPPIN HIPHOP

    WHATS GOOD XXL? I STOP BUYING YOUR MAG SINCE LONG AGO, BUT NOW I THINK IM GOING TO COP THAT MAY ISSUE WITH THE QUEEN OF HIPHOP, LIL’ KIM THE TRUE, AND ONLY QUEEN OF ANYTHING HIPHOP, FEEL ME? I LOVE HER SHE IS THE TRUE MEANING OF A DOWN CHICK…COP THAT ALBUM NAKED TRUTH FROM THE STORE ITS FIRE, AND IT DESERVES TO GO PLATINUM+++…CHI-TOWN BABY

  • http://www.lilimzone.com twin aka lil kim lil bro

    from london n i love dat gyal from day 1 keep ur hea my big sis

  • shyguy

    kim i love u so much girl you know you the truth baby all these other Rap bitches ain’t got shit on u I can’t wait till u get out so u can siclence all these wanna be concedided whateva u wanna call these bitches that think they the queen of NY that bitch is not yet known and all ready she trynna cum for the title i mean cum on she sucks K.I.M for life baby.

  • http://www.public-enemies.net Cynthia

    I love Kim, this interview shows just how special she is… She’s a sweetheart

  • maurice fains

    I LOVE YOU KIM…. I can’t wait to see on the red carpet again. Trust me I’m holdin it down for you. It aint a game your fans got it on lock….mwah. MISS YOU

  • http://dfbdfnbgdrk.com NaNa Be Like

    Kim is a wack MC, but i still give her props and wish her the best.

  • http://HANGONKIMURALMOSTDONE Mike “Lil’ Mike” Sean Clifton

    I luv u & I’m holdin’ u down! U did what u had 2 do & 4 that I’m proud of u! Ur a true New Yorker! I hope 2 record under UR label above all others, someday! I’ll write & a couple 16s & see if u like ‘em enough 2 put ‘em on ur next album! I miss u & can’t wait ’til ur next album! I’m writing mine & keepin’ it real! Well, I gotta go. PEACE! Luv from ur #1 fan, Mike “Lil’ Mike” Sean Clifton.

  • Darrell

    Lil Kim stay strong in there you’ll be out soon.

  • http://www.lilkimzone.com Cavalli Moore

    Hey Gurl,

    Thansk for always being there your fans with new songs and hot features you have been on for the last 10 years! Keep it up! As for me I have bought 7 copies of your cd and I have bought every promotional things I could find! This album is HOT AND TRUST ME IT WILL GO PLATINUM U JUST NEED 1 OR 2 MORE VIDEOS!!….Maybe they make an animated video like the beginning of your new show.. so you dont have to be out shoot it! I will give you a bit of advice girl! You should done a video for spell check the whole thing! That song is DOPE! aSLO IF YOU ARE ABLE TO DO ANOTHER TRACK either do! ” Kitty Box ” or
    “Quiet” W/ a special remix feature! That would be hot as well… Remember Magic Stick that rocked the charts and all you need is one single like that! SO LETS NOT LET THIS ALBUM GO OUT LIKE THIS … ALL YOU NEED IS SOME CREATIVE BACKING ON THIS PROJECT AND WE CAN GET IT FIRED UP AGAIN… THERE IS NO WAY THIS SHIT CANT GO PLATINUM!! I love you baby, Im not even going to say keep your head up cause I know you are doing it well and with style and class like always!

    Your Man
    P. Cavalli

  • Pisces

    Yo, Kim… I love you.. yeh.. your the QUEEN BEE of this muthaF*&kin Industry.. But fo’ real Bee…man, in your position I think my heart would of went out to my crew too.. ya know.. the “code of the streets” but bad things happen to good people so that us good people can get a glimpse of the bad things and still be the shyt! Man, my prayers are with you tremendously and my heart goes out to you in millions and I hope thats what your record sales. Keep ya head up Kim.. hey, on my 24th bday…in da club, the dj knew it was my bday but I was quite, ya know and he was like ” I know its your bday girl you dont have to say nothin’ and he said here’s somethin fo ya..” I must of heard.. “Put ya lighters up” That was my theme song to go out and do the Brooklyn dance..lol.. Nobody would go out and dance when that song came on and I was like what the “f*&k” I’ll dance by myself get all the attention as I know you would of.. Your cd…memorize everything… to phone convos with your sister to “lil’ pimp mike” hes funny and he makes your personality stand out to me.. Workout too girl… we gotta be look ripe when summer hits.. Much love heart to heart.. I miss you and hold you close to heart.. Even though we never met I feel that we share inner strengths and weakness..
    Everyone Put Ya Lighters Up!
    Much love
    Sincerely
    S. Johnson

  • http://XXL Kookie

    You know the one thing that upsets me the most about us black women is that we are always down for our black men, but they won’t ride or die for us. Why is that. It’s just sad how kim was covering Junior mafia members (one being an ex of hers), but they all turned on her. That right there was a wake up call to all the ladies that nigga’s ain’t shit. Why should I lie down for you, if your willing to get down or lie down for me. Kim all I have to say is the first time shame on them the second time shame on me. Take this as a lesson learned and don’t get caught in the okie doke again for no good nigga’s. Keep your head up girl.

  • http://lilkimzone REGIMUS The KING ”D”

    KIMMY
    IVE BEEN FOLLOWING YOU CAREER SINCE YOU CAME OUT. BASICALLY I DONT CARE WHAT NO ONE SAY ANYTHING NEGATIVE ABOUT YOU BECAUSE I ALWAYS LIKE YOUR STYLE. KEEP YOU HEAD UP, DO YOU DUE, AND EVERYTHING BE ALL RIGHT.

  • escoexodus

    All I gotta say is that the queen will reign supreme when she comes out ! All yall haters need to shut up bitch. She will turn it when she come out. period.

  • Alex a.k.a. MOOK

    I just wanna say Kim I have been with you since you FIRST came out(1995). I loved you then and I love you now(2006).. Just keep your head up and stay focuesd, because like u said you are a God-fearing person and i admire that in a person. It’s a shame that you have to go through f**&# sh** to realize who your friends are. Everything happens for a reason Kim. I am your number one fan. I came to support at Club Exit before you went in I copped that Marc Jacobs Loves Lil Kim T. like you said “It’s All Good”. This is THE QUEEN OF NY…. despite w/anyONE says… Kim keep your head up and I love you….

    Mook/NJ!!!

  • shanin aka kid

    lil kim is true at heart and she keep it real, so sweet,god is doing great things when she get out.you the queen of the city nobody can touch you.

  • http://none ChiTownPutYourLightersUp

    Hey Just wanna send a shout out to my girl Kim, sendin love from Chi-Town… Cant wait for her to get out, and all you people need to go out and cop Naked Truth on the real.

  • Mike “Lil’ Mike” Sean Clifton

    Yo, Kim. What’s it take 4 a down-ass fella like me 2 find & end up with a down-ass lady like u? Ur album sales would increase if u changed the album cover. My favorite ablum cover of u was ur pose as The Notorious KIM! My God were u beautiful in that picture! Hair blond, blue jeans, pink surrounding wallpaper! Sexy! I think I’ll do a pose like that with plain red wallpaper behind me & the best part about that is I’m a natrual blonde! I got the body 4 it 2! Well, I’m gonna go now. Luv from ur #1 fan, Mike “Lil’ Mike” Sean Clifton.

  • http://www.xxl.com Reggie Milton

    kim, hey gurl its all right, i caught a caxe just last month and was like here we fucking go these fuckers put me in a jail jump suit of a while and i was like what the fuck is this shit but in the long run it will be okay the same goes for you as well just pray………………………….

  • Mike “Lil’ Mike” Sean Clifton

    Hey, Kim. I was wondering about that love song I asked u about last time I wrote 2 u by mail. Will u put 1 on there 4 me? I’m tha 1st down-ass fella u ever heard of!

  • Mrs. Yvette Simmons

    Hey kim this is one of tour biggest fan I love you and keep your head up and stay strong. And when you come home just stay dis them fake suckers oh yes hurry home so you can shut these want to be rappers up your the hardest female thats out right know there no one who can fuck with you sooooooooooooooo never love ya

  • pimi jimi

    in what city is that jail ?

  • Daniel “Dan-Sean” Jr.

    What’s poppin Kim? This is Dan-Sean. I been reppin for the set since 95. You know what it do. U the #1 female rapper ever. Noone does it like you. For any one to say you a wack rapper has gotta be on the same shit the other girl poppin. real talk. Your songs are felt like only a Brooklynite could feel them. The world misses you, you presence is still felt. Keep praying. Did you read “Acts Of Faith” by Iyanla Vanzant? I am currently reading that, and I think of you alot when I read it. I recommend you check it out. Damn I wanted to grab you at B B Kings that night I was standing next to you and called ya name. I would have had to tussle with them bodyguards hardbody! Seriously, stay blessed and keep building that bond with God and also your associates in prison. Real friends are hard to come by. I love you! And oh yeah, fuck scrappin the Naked Truth cover. That was your best album to date, and as bad as I want that re-released, you have to move on. It was good for that time. I know you got the NEW heat for the streets! Bring It!

  • Prince of NY

    I’m not big on XXL but i will be copin the new issue because my girl is on the cover. It’s so sad that they turned their backs on her but still talk that street shit because they fucked up jim jones at the rucker (which was funny by the way). They gets no respect for that shit. Hopefully, kim and foxy can end this shit on a better note instead of another shootout at that bullshit station Hot 97.

  • dat bastud

    KIM YOU THE BEST! THE ONLY FEMALE RAPPER TO GET 5 MICS, THATS BIG! AND WHEN YOU GET OUT I BET THE ABLUM SALES WILL JUMP AND I CAN SEE 2-3 MILLION SOLD WHEN IT’S ALL SAID AND DONE…ONE LOVE ….DAT BASTUD :)

  • http://www.nowhere.com babyGirlCanada

    lol @ reading the bible.. I see how quick that “take it in the butt” stuff went out the window.. now all of a sudden she’s an evangelist

  • Mr. R. Autaubo

    Kim I just wanted to let you know that this Kiowa Boy has been holding you down since day one. I’ve always loved your music and will always love you. I know this will pass in time and you’ll look back on that experience and learn who you can really trust in your many years of fame to come.Kim You many not realize it but alot of Native Americans from Oklahome Love You and respect you and Us ( Kiowa People ) will continue to support you
    Take care Ma…
    This Kiowa Boy
    Robby

  • http://source one

    kookie u sound like a black girl on the verge of turn’n ur back on black men.dont ever turn ur back on ur own people ur own culture.thier plenty of real black men out here.just cause who ever u may have dated did u wrong doesnt
    mean that all of us are that way.u sound like an old discruntal muthafucka.or a lesbian. if u keep that way of think’n you’re gonna end up an old ass lonely lady with a hundred cats.black men and women shouldnt have so much anger with one another because thats what these racist ass whit folks want.they want us to stop procreating. they want us to be divided.show some of that black love thats inside u babygirl……..
    peace 2 lil kim hold ya head.

  • http://source one

    lil kim is the shit besides queen latifah youre the only female emcee thats really original.all these other fake ass bitches should step aside when u get out.all these other rap bitches
    like that ugly ass trina and all these other new ass bitches is just try’n to be you .but theres only one lil kim….
    u got love in cali………

  • http://REALSHIT.COM MS.HENRI’(NEWORLEANS)BRAGGS

    HEY,HI,HELLO KIM ILOVE YOU NO MATTER WHAT EVEN THOUGH ATLANTIC IZ NOT DOIN THEY FUCKIN JOB PROMOTIN YO SHIT U GOOD U LILKIM BABY THIER IZ NO OTHER AND IF I HAD DA POWER U WOULD BE 2+ PLATINUM BECAUSE DA ALBUM IZ FUCKIN AMAZIN REAL RAW DATS DA TRUTH BUT U GONNA GET WHERE U WANNA BE N DO TYME HOLD OUT MAMA GOD HAVE A PLAN 4 U KEEP FAITH AND DON’T LET NOBODY STILL YO JOY NOT DA MEDIA HATERZ NOBODY IM HOLDIN U DOWN AND YAL GO GET MY SISTA FUCKIN ALBUM ITS HOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!

  • selah from Detroit

    I wrote you once and wanted to say again “keep Ur head up.” I love you forever. All these other bitches clone the “Queen BEE”
    u got love in DETROIT Not just by the pink gator players, but every ghetteo nigga in the hood.(peep)

  • http://dfbdfnbgdrk.com Stanly

    Kim i wish you the best but throw the mic down. YOUR TIME IS UP. Your album flop, you’re in jail and things dont seem good. Just take some time away and come back, im pretty sure hollywood would accecpt you back. PUT YOU LIGHTER UP AND YOUR MIC DOWN.

  • Mike “Lil Mike” Sean Clifton

    I wrote 2 u before & u ain’t wrote back. There must be a lotta fans writing 2 u. If I was rich I’d bail ur ass out now but ur strong & u’ll make it through this living hell that the Junior MAFIA put u in! When u get outta jail u gonna fuck ‘em all up, right?! That’s what Biggie woulda did & that’s what I’d do 2! Well, I gotta go now. Luv from ur #1 fan, Mike “Lil’ Mike” Sean Clifton! See u in BK, NY!

  • Mike “Lil’ Mike” Sean Clifton

    By the way, Kim. Tell Kookie not 2 listen 2 ONE ‘cuz she don’t know what the hell she talking about! I’m white & I hate racists! Show what ONE know don’t it?! SUCKA! Luv u, Kim!

  • Notorious O.N.E

    Lil’ Kim aka Queen B. aka Honey Girl, keep doing your thing! Your show is the Sh*t and when this bid is over you going to be hotter than b4….”Haters ain’t payin yo bills so they ain’t sayin’nothin!” We see who keepin it REAL!

    I hope you re-release The Naked Truth!It has to sell a million copies it is your BEST ALBUM todate…it shows your growth from 1995′ JM days up Sept 2005′ Cell Block 8..Sept 2006 Freedom & it still ain’t yo LAST DAY! I bought 13 copies of yo 5 mics so I did my part I hope these other Notorious Soldiers will do theres!

    K.I.M….Keep It Moving!!!!! You going nowhere but up from here!

    Love Ya Big Momma!

    Sign,

    The Notorious O.N.E
    Keiandre’ Austin, Texas
    K.I. til I D.I.E!

  • PRINCE BEE

    man alotta ppl sleep on kim but da bitch is gettin more shine than these gurls that are free and are struggling for a lil fame.she’s just dat bitch

  • oklahoma

    kim you to real for the fakaz which make me wonder why b.i.g put you on the back burner.faith aint got 1 tenth of wat you got baby.and it look like his momma sold her sole to fluff daddy.keep doing you.black wallstreet

  • http://xxlmag.com Buddy

    Lil’ Kim is the greatest female rapper ever! She is so real and sincere, I can’t wait until she gets out she will take over the world!
    I Love You Kim!

  • http://xxlmag.com Yvonne “Evee” Gallegos & Buddy

    Wow! What a great article, We think Shyne is a fake f@#k as well as Jr W.H.O.P.P.E.R. click, G-Unot crew, GayNN, & Dew Dew Brown aka The rappin’ “Mr. Hanky, The Christmas Poo”. We love The Naked Truth please re-release it with new tracks, the hip-hop industry needs to recognize, Love your show “Lil’ Kim: Countdown to lockdown” it’s the best “celeb reality” show or show period! Keep your head up Queen Bee, keep doin’ your thang, when you get out your gonna be bigger than ever, then make EVERYBODY bow down, even tha hatas!!!
    Much Love Always!!!

  • Frisco

    Kim,
    keep ya head up. I’ve been a fan since Hard-core. The Bay loves you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • alexis

    hey kim i love how you are standing so strong for your fans as you alreaady kno we all love you and our parayers go out to you and may god bless you i hope everything tunrs out to be okay when they let you ouut and that they do not look at it from a bad point of view but the fact you was being there for your love ones god bless and keep your head up i love you

  • Torian

    I love Lil’kim so much … she is the shit…no female in the game is fucken with her… she’ll be out and when she is i’ll be waitin…

    Love you KIM

  • NotoriusRydahAgainstSnitching

    man lil mama keep ya head up u holding it down and its fukked up a few niggas got mad cause they backward ass couldnt afford to do for themselves so they taking it out on u..im telling u bitch asz niggaz like dat wont live long somebody gone pop they ass wheneva dey hit the streets dats str8 up grimey mayne its crazy but yo do u cant wait too see u when u get home ill make sure im in new york HOLLA!

  • theresa k.

    i just dont understand why this girl has not went triple platnium shes the hardest bitch in the game she keeps it real, i mean just listen to some of the shit she spit “i hear him talking like he gangsta material but i dont see him man the gangstas invisible that hot iron is what them gangstas put into you till you laid up and your gangstas on critical” now thats some of the hardest shit i have heard i mean thats the shit i feel on a daily basis so go cop that naked truth and meditate its all good baby

  • http://pkprettygirlmyspace.com Darlene D.

    Hey girl keep ya head up. I cannot wait until you get out. I hope someday that I can meet you but this will make my day. I wish you the best and can’t wait for you to come home. Are you getting out early that is what everybody is saying. I hope it is true you keep it real and you will be out sooner then you think. I love ya girl and your music is the bomb. I have all of your albums. From hard core to the naked truth. one love holla back at me.

  • key

    what’s up kim, this is key from jersey. I was just reading your letters in which you wrote to us(your fans), and I felt inspired to shoot u a kite back. First things first, you are by far my favorite female rapper and will always be. Secondally, you did ya thing on the naked truth and recieved five mikes for it. That’s why we love you so much, because from day one, I mean the very beginning ya skills was official and your talent speaks for itself. And last but not least, youre a strong black woman who was built to conquer anything that is put in your way, and you know GOD would not give you anything that he knows you can’t handle. So the proof is in the pudding ma, you a survivor, a rider, and most importantly a QUEEN. So this here is nothing but another lesson learned. Life is crazy like that yo, but you can and will get through it because this too will pass!
    Love always,
    Ya sista Key

  • bluerid

    put my lighter up!!peace keep ya head up!!

  • bluerid

    i wish i could meet you someday seems u been trough hell long time to.

  • LilCookKingB

    Kim’s sales would be a lot better man if she would get someone behind her to really produce a video for her man I mean the track with her and Game is sick the video could be bannanas if like Dave Myers or somebody I know this one cat is her boy but he messin up man I mean Whoa is not even hot like that it could have been hella better even the track with Bun and Twista that would make a crazy video

  • Lamar Williams

    what up ma first I want to say I love you and always will people say I can be your lawyer because I am always taking up for you no matter what and no matter who we’re up against it’s me and you ma love that philly nigga keep ya head up and just know that one day I will be able to tell you this to ya face that you and biggie are the best to ever do it there can never be another big mamma or big pappa love ya ma and if you ever want to talk to someone other than ya fam and friends holla at me your biggest fan and anyone in philly that knows me will tell you the same

  • Lil Tee aka Tiffany M.

    yo boo, you is going to be straight you got to much love for all this shit.Keep your head up and stay real because i look up to you and I am a real bitch thanks to you. when you get out holla at me if you want so ‘real’ energy around you.Mad love for you and yours, ma! Keep it real, spread love, and we got you,boo.
    one love LIL TEE and son JOURDEN aka J-Boogie

  • karim

    KIM YOU ARE THE QUEEN OF RAP HANDS DOWNand everyone knows it,but they just dont want to admit it.what other female rapper alive is puttin out records that has been out as long as her. sure queen latifah is doing her thing but let face it her rapping career does not excist anymore.kim has been around for a decade and people dont want to give her whats right fully her’s.she is the QUEEN OF RAP.i think yall forgot that kims first album was out in 96′ and her next album was 2000.for 4 years she was everywhere with no album out.if everyone would just remember all the shit she did.they all should hail the queen.

  • http://myspace.com/reader24 reader24

    i love li’kim,she is a strong woman that has so many fans who love her.i can’t wait till she gets out and continue making music.

  • http://n/a agenst da oddz

    Kim keep yo lighters up girl life aint ezzy but it mayb dark 2nyt but 2moro u’ll c the light Hpoe 2 hear doin sum nu shit-S.A(ADO)

  • http://XXLmag.com Carlisle Heather

    Kim, I love when your shit comes on in the club, we be out in Harrisburg keepin’ it poppin. Yo, puttin’ our lighters up and pourin out a lil liqour for all the homies that can’t. So while you doin your time maybe you’ll get some new stories to add to your rhymes. Now you a true thug girl cause now you know what all them kons be going through singin “I’m locked up, won’t let me out, locked up won’t let me out…” Just remember when you get out, everyday will be like your birthday boo!!! I have much respect for your talent and you’re beautiful, keep your head up boo

  • Claude Fortenberry

    Dear Lil Kim,

    You are my favorite person in the whole wide world.

    Because of you and the person you are I have found the strength to be all that I can.

    You are my idol. You are the original and authentic Queen Bee.

    The other day I watched your Came Back For You video for the first time.

    When La Bella Mafia came out I ran to my CD player to pop your disc in and I was like WOAH!

    Your Track “Heavenly Father” is one of my absolutely favorite joints-EVER!

    You brought it home with Came Back For You.

    I listen to Naked Truth practically everyday and have fallen in love with “What You See”, “Spellcheck”, “Durrty” and basically the whole album is a smash-hit after, hit.

    I’ve never been to jail, but many of my friends have so I can only imagine what it’s like for you in their.

    I just want you to know that you are in my heart and in my prayers everyday and I am confident that when you walk out of the Philadelphia Women’s Correctional Facility you WILL walk a soldier.

    You are definitely a rider. I have been a die hard fan of your ever since the first time I saw “No Time” in 1996.

    Seeing you epitomize the words “Queen Bee” has been an honor, the privilege has been mine.

  • Jose Perez Chi-town

    I LUV YOU LIL KIM I GOT ALL YOUR SHIT GET TOUCHED ILUV GIMME MORE LIKE A TRYSEXUAL WE TRY EVERYTHING. MUCH LOVE TO YOU MA HERE FROM CHICAGO YOU KNOW WE GOT YOUR BACK. PUT YOUR LIGHTERS FOR MY QUEEN B LIL KIM. YOU ONE AND ONLY FAN JOSE PEREZ. CHILLIN AT DA CRIB DRINKN SOME HENNEY LISTENING TO LIL KIM ON THE IPOD (ALL 4ALBUMS) FYI. BLAZIN WIT MY BOO KIM. LOOKING AT MY SCRATCH AND SNIFF POSTER.
    XOXO

  • kweku

    lil kim is the bitch of all times she knows how to tkae it down and also what life is all about. she deserves all the respect having been through all of this s**t with all thses gangsters on the streets and still surviving and doing her thing. big up girl keep it up

  • SCOOBY (GHANA)

    Yo Kim,We in Ghana ( West Africa )
    Are really feeling you.WE give you all our love and support.
    Cheers.
    Keep it up GIRL

  • BRYANNA R

    YEH KIM KEEP YO HEAD UP AND I KNOW
    YOU CAN MAKE IT.I KNOW WHEN YOU
    GET OUT YOU GON PUT SOME GOOD HITS
    OUT

  • BRYANNA R

    AND YOU MY GIRL AND IM sad you IN
    THERE IF I COULD CHANGE IT YOU
    WOULD BE OUT. THATS GOOD YOU DIDNT
    TRICK YOU HOLDIN IT DOWN.WATCH YO BACK
    IN THERE

    FROM BRYANNA REESE
    CHICAGO,SAUKVILLAGE ill

  • PrettyIsEnough

    Yo Kimmie Baby you know Im holdin it down Is just like the rest of your fans nah’mean…..I would never say that Im the Biggest fan cause we all Love you aight so hold your head and we got you ma word……..Love you

  • DiorAddict10

    Watch yo back, Kim. Bitches in there aint yo friend. All the real Cali bitches holding you down in LA!! Thank you for being a real bitch and giving us lil bitches someone to take as a hood example. It will be over soon and you’ll be home to shit on these bitches like you been doing for the past 10 years. Hold ya head, ma!!!

  • http://lilkimzone.com nadine

    hey girl i hope when you resd this it fines you in the best of health and spirit.Ilove you since i was sixteen i listen to the album and its hot hot hot i love the jamaican hint.you more than deserved your six mics.keep your head up all day everyday.here is some good reading psalms 70 5 7 20 25 you will be ok by the grace of GOD.

  • Wayne Jackson

    As I sit here and read this crap, it make me sick to my stomach. Bicth, you don’t know what it is to be true. That little so-called jail they have you in is a joke. Because you have superstar status you get treated differently. The reason I’m mad is when I was in prison, i could’nt receive any e-mail,interviews, and etc.So fuck you and this stupid ass system. All yall can go to hell. BICTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Wayne Jackson

    I know you want print this on your website, because you don’t want your veiwer to read the truth. This is not really for that bitch. Let the warden, governor , and any motherfucker with some power read this. That’s who is really addressed to.I’m not a hater, but to read all this crap and know I was treated so differently pissed me the fuck off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Wayne Jackson

    So you don’t want the truth. I understand, this don’t sell. But if you think that bitch is getting the right punishment for her crime, you’ll a fool. Most of her fans are in the age group between 14-25. What are we saying to our kids. Do you really want her to be a role model to our kids.Be honest with yourself.

  • http://bruca12194yahoo.com alimah jones-farrar

    Peace girl! My name is Alimah (UH-LEE-MA). my husband Born Ruler & I are big fans. We both love your music, & want you to keep your head up, and like you said which is oh so true, Keep Your Head Up! It’ll be over before you know it. We already know that you are going to be working on your next blazin’ album. As a matter of fact, Born Does beats, & he is also an Emcee as well. He got skillz!! And I’m not just saying that because he is my man either. I would love to send you some beats & letcha know what we are working with. Everybody says he sounds like Nas a little- & they are both on a conscious level. Born says he would love to work with you, and possibly your next album. If you gave me an address or contact info on who specifically to send it to I would do it. The only thing I can say is that the music speaks for itself & I know you will enjoy it. Oh, yeah, I forgot to tell you, I do a lil somethin’ somethin’ myself. (I rhyme also). you can call if you would like- even if it is collect.-
    peace-
    (804)426-2040 cell
    (804)226-0442 home
    (804)226-0482 office

  • dannygurl

    i heard she mad rich i heard she dead broke i heard she suck dick kim tell them hoes to shut up bitch i heard kim could spit man so dont write her hits naw biggie wrote her shit kim u tell them hoes to shut up bitch i heard she going to jail i heard she out on bail man she fuckd up now man kim keep telling these hatn ass niggas n bitches to shut up big why she get her nose fixed why she got bigger tits kim stay telling them hoes why is yall all in my shit shut up bitch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! man i love u kim u are such a good person who people underestimated but u real n u stay real do the time dont let the time do u get it baby

  • Royaltee

    Queen Bee I hope you will read this.
    You have a solid fan base since 1996 because who remain true to yourself. We can only help but learn from you, and love you like the sister that you are to all of us. God has a special plan for you, and I can`t wait until the day I get to shake the hand of a real Queen.

  • ON THE REAL

    Dear Wayne Jackson,
    Stop hating! Did you protest the discrepancies between Martha Stewarts and Lil’ Kim’s sentence??? Hell no, because you are simple minded like that. If you are so concerned about the youth, why didn’t you enlighten them as to the errors of your ways and how to avoid them. Put you pennies where your mouth should be and quit talking out of your ass because you ain’t saying SHIT!!!

  • KenDra

    Lil’ Kim is so amazing..and so beautiful, it sucks so bad that she had to go to jail, but just keep your head up high, you’ll b out soon, n’ everyones gunna love you… your the sickkestt gurL rapper everrr, I love you!!

  • HarlemsOwn

    Yo how can you be queen of rap when you cant even go gold with all the drama going on and why naked truth sound like a bootleg broken silence. Yo shout to Foxy the King Bitch of rap and we praying for you fox adn we waiting on your return to take this ms cleo fraud bitch lil kim out the game once and for all…

  • yeahisaidit

    @harlemsown…please cut out that b.s. and
    grow up…both kim’s hot and foxy’s hot…you and any other hater’s out there on either side need to recognize…get it? got it? good!

  • NaNazMommy

    I didn’t know too much about Kim but that she doesn’t care what anybody thinks or says about her and that she is one of the illest chicks in the game until I recently watched her show. Lil Kim in genuinely a strong woman. I just want to say to her I congratulate her for keeping her head up and for showing females out here we just be a strong as a man can. Keep your head up while you are in there and let God be your peacemaker. We will all be waiting on you. C U Soon!!

  • finest

    Lil Kim I Am Yo Tru #1 fan I have to admit I wasnt really into it at first cause I didnt really know Who you were Until 1998 but you were just a famous person that I liked now you are my idol who I love

  • finest

    by the way wayne got it all meessed up im not sayin i dont like white people but he sound so white and maybe the reason he was treated diffrently because he was actin like a ass like he is now im 28 and i still listinin to you

  • http://xxlmag. lil mont

    Kim I love you Baby, It’s been a long time coming but I want you to trust god and believe that a change gonna come. Love you.

  • rebecca

    lil kim keep on trust in god he will answer your prays

  • karmeisha

    ALL RAPPERS ARE ROLE MODELS TO OUR KIDS-AND SO ARE WE.. THE ONLY THING WE CAN DO IS TRY TO LIVE BY EXAMPLE,
    … AS BLACK PEOPLE WE NEED TO
    STOP BLAMING CELEBRITIES FOR OUR PARENTING MISTAKES…LIVE LIFE AND ENJOY THE MUSIC…
    MUCH LUV KIM!!!
    KEEP YOUR HEAD UP!!!

  • http://XXlmag.com Damian

    I miss u Lil Kim U the best lady rapper ever.I cannot wait till u get out.

    u strong and u a G

    I love u
    yo 10 year old boyfriend Damian
    you prettttttttttttttyyyyyyy

  • http://www.isound/dre_ez.com Dre

    Hey wassup yall I been down XXL for like the last 4 yrs. I have never written yall before but I would like to say keep doin yall thing. I’m writing cause I want this to reach Lil Kim. I don’t need nothing in return, aint lookin for no hook ups favors limelight or none of that. I just want this message to reach Kim. I just wanna let her know I been down with her when she dropped the Hardcore album and I’m still down. Keep your head up Kim cause out here its nothing but love for you. I know men that don’t have half the guts you do. I’m proud of you because you are a strong black sister in this crazy world. So, in the words of 2pac “Keep Ya Head Up”, peace. (Oh, XXL let me know how I can send Kim some stamps)1

  • http://hotmail Sassy

    Hey Kim,
    keep doing your thing girl and remember every disappointment is a blessing ok.A fan is the caribbean (St.Lucia)

  • http://mstiff2210yahoo.com mstiff2210

    I have never had so much respect for another female until I saw Kim’s show. Girl keep your head up and hold it down while you’re on lock down. The sun will come out tomorrow. You live and you learn.Everyday is a possibility to a new beginning. Make it right when you come home. Watch the company you keep and I’ll be praying for you!!!!!!!

  • http://www.lilkim,com Darling

    Lil kim I just want to tell you that no one can show as much love as God. Yeah you have your fans to support you, but there’s someone who has been supporting you since before you were born and that supernatural being is Jesus. I am glad that you are looking towards God as you do your time in jail, but I want you to continue to look even further towards him when get out.He has some wonderful things in store for you.Luv you,so does God!!

  • http://www.lilkim,com pinupkim06

    hey girl was up? how u doin in there its ok chick keep ur head up in there. Girl they got people hating in here dont worry bout that bull shit man its ok!!! haters dont live long thats what i say!! Well iam hollin at u cause i very much love u sooo much.Iam ur #1 fan at least i try to be my mom dont like u she told me u shouldnt be my romodel but i say fuck dat i love u girl well i gon get bac at u at earlest time i can iam gon hit u bac to check on u dem bitches bet no be messin wit u in their u da real bitch love ya

    from dat New Orleans Girl
    pinupkim06

  • Sassybutclazzy

    a shame that those flaw azz suppose to be junior mafia turned theyre backs but always trying to rap and ride lmao Lil Kim will be on alot of mix tapes when she get out roasting lol

  • http://lilkimzone delicious

    fuck remy ma,foxy brown and every other rap bitch out there! lil’kim’s that bitch!

  • http://lilkimzone delicious

    reak kim fans… hut me up dan_delicious_jones@yahoo.com

  • natisheya samuel

    yo,you need to stop lieing and get your orange bitch out of there.

  • Queen Leke

    Kim-you was,is,and ALWAYS will be the shit in the game..Keep it up.Remy Ma-gurl..what the fuck is ya smokin…u need to put the geek joints down-clown ass bitch! Kim been doin the shit yall hoeS trying to do now! What dat say bout ya?!? Kim stay up, fuck da haters. Now for you hatas on here.STANLY&BABYGIRLCANADA(3/28)..FIRST STANLY.’PUT THE MIC DOWN’, BITCH IS YA FOR REAL…I COULD SLAP YA ASS FOR DAT SHIT. CANADA-IF U KNEW ANYTHING BOUT KIM U WOULD KNOW GOD HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE,STUPID HOE,WHO U THINK GOT HER THERE? SHE KNOW IT AND U NEED TO FIGURE IT OUT! U JUST SOUND LIKE THE ECHO OF THE REST OF THE HATERS!
    DONT LIKE IT DO SOMETHING-HA!
    QUEEN UP!SNITHCES DOWN!

    LOVE YOU KIM-CANT WAIT TILL YOU GET OUT!

  • http://lilkimzone.com Bed_Stuy rep kid

    bitch asshoe motherfucking slut ass natisheya samuel shut the fuck up for i woop yo ass. lil kim didnt break the stop snitchin code bitch i wuld have did the same mothafuckin thing 2 bitch

  • Lil Gangsta

    Lil Kim da shit and i cant wait till she get out, love ya kim

  • b-head

    Hey Kim I just wanna let u know i luv u and u inspire me to stay strong no matter wat. u could reach me at 813-626-3781

  • H-man

    Damn, dats an inspiring story. Lil Kim iz da queen. Shes one down azz bitch. All Day All Da Way All Da While Smile.

  • Galil ( Never forget 2pac)

    I don´t like Lil Kim very much, but I respect U for staying true and not working wit 50 Cent anymore that SNITCH. So when u are FREE, keep doing your thing & keep it real and B.I.G. & fuck those snitch ass motherfuckers out there & like Pac said in Hit´em up: “Fuck Bad Boy as a staff, record label, and as a mother fuckin crew”.

  • Brianna”princessbee”Purcell

    kim i love u im only 10 and i think you and biggie r da best rappers to eva touch a mic queen bee you have inspired me and i love u i cant wait til u get out girl i will cry if i say anymore i loveu ma!!!!! STAY STRONG;)

  • ALICIA CHARLES

    I AM FROM THE CARIBBEAN BUT I LISTEN TO LIL KIM SHE IS A STRONG WOMAN WHO IS GOING TO MAKE IT IN PRISON ,AND COME OUT BETTER AND STRONGER.DON’T MATTER WHAT ANYONE SAYS KEEP YOUR HEAD UP GIRL.PEACE FROM THE ISLAND OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

  • http://optiumonline moe

    lil kim is my bitch. i don’t know if she remember or not but i use to hang wit them when we was teenagers and biggie was here.we all use to hang out on the corner of st.james place wit junoir mafia when they was coming out.lil kim will always be my peoples no matter what people say(what-what)girl i luv ya and keep your head up and hold tight.

  • http://none PASTOR

    i hope u stay true to your faith kim when u get out dont forgot God is in control even though you were loyal to man be loyal to Now in your life thats the greatest form of loyalty u can give

  • Jennifer

    C la meilleur.Elle était peu etre gogo danseuse mais elle se respect plus que d’autre qui ne l’on pas été.