Queen Bee Kimberly Dennis Jones aka Lil Kim has grown not only as a musician but as an international fashion icon since her rap album debut in 1996. The “Lady Marmalade” songstress released hard core, and has become one of the most famous female rappers of all time.
After coming out with hard core
After coming out with Hard Core, I had to ask, ‘What am I doing that everyone loves so much?’ It took me almost three years to realize the answer: I just belonged to myself,” the You Got Served actress told Interview magazine in November 1999. “Now, there are a lot of women out there who are doing the same thing that I did. But I’m Lil Kim. I’m the one who started it all.
Paving the way for women in the world of music
In addition to paving the way for women in the world of music, Kim pushed the boundaries in the fashion world. Scoring an invite to the prestigious Met Gala over the years, the New York native also went on to become muse for various fashion houses, including highly renowned designer Donatella Versace.
Kim tells Vogue about her relationship with the Italian creator
“Donatella is my girl. We’ve loved each other ever since we first saw each other.” Kim told Vogue about her relationship with the Italian creator in May 2020. Versace was one of my favorite designers. She knew and would always create things specially crafted for me.
The rapper made his debut in the industry at the age of 20
While Kim is a legend, the past few years have had her major critics. The “Players Anthem” rapper got his start in the industry at age 20 and has received harsh judgments for his image throughout his career, including claims of skin bleaching and plastic surgery allegations. The Brooklyn native was mentored by Christopher Wallace, also known as the late rapper Notorious B.
I’m A Cancer, “Crush On You” rapper 2016
“When I first got into this industry, I got a lot of hate. I still get a lot of hate. I am a sensitive person. I’m cancer, the “Crush on You” rapper explained while being honored at the 2016 Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network Awards. “But every time I talk to God, he says.’Let them hate.’ So, I just say, ‘Yeah, okay. I’ve got God on my side. What are you gonna do to me now?