Today in Hip-Hop: Lil Kim Begins a One-Year Prison Sentence
On this day, Sept. 19, in hip-hop history...
2005: Brooklyn rapper Lil Kim was sent to prison for a one-year-and-one-day sentence on Sept. 19, 2005.
The Grammy-Award-winning first lady of Junior M.A.F.I.A. spent a year behind bars for obeying the rules of the streets rather than the court of law. Kim, real name Kimberly Jones, was found guilty of perjury. Jones was caught lying to a jury about her friends' involvement in a shooting back in 2001 outside Hot 97 radio station. Kim pleaded with the judge for mercy in sentencing and luckily received far less than the 20-year maximum she could have been dealt. Kim was convicted of perjury in March and sentenced to serve her time in July of 2005. On Sept. 19, she entered a Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia to start her stint.
Kim was released from Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia for good behavior on July 3, 2006. BET cameras followed the Queen Bee's journey to her prison day in a special mini series called Lil' Kim: Countdown to Lockdown. The show aired right around the time of Kim's release in 2006 and became the highest rated premiere in BET's network history.
What's ironic about Kim's sentence served was that her fourth studio album The Naked Truth dropped while she was behind bars. The album dropped on Sept. 27, 2005 bearing the singles "Whoa" and "Lighters Up." The Naked Truth debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200, selling 119,000 copies in its first week.
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