“I Am The Blueprint” Lil Kim Tells Rolling Out She’ll Always Be The Queen Bee

December 24, 2013  |  

Rolling Out Magazine

Growing up we did not have a Miley who twerked or a Nicki Minaj who dropped bars between her numerous alter egos. We had Kim, who will forever reign as the original Queen Bee. Lil Kim, as we affectionately remember her, took hip hop by storm with her ear-phone-wearing-when-parents-are-around lyrics and most importantly, frank sexuality. Never once did she apologize for her identity and in a recent interview with Rolling Out Magazine, Lil Kim reminds us she was always  a star in her own lane therefore, igniting the blueprint many female MCs use today. Check out the highlights from her Q&A:

How she balances being an artist and businesswoman

“That’s something I was born with. When you’re born with talent, you also have the talent to conduct your own business. With me, that’s how it is. I just know how to turn it on and off. I just know what I want from myself. In my field, I am the blueprint of what I do. I’ve always starred in my own lane.”

What Her Legacy Means To Her

“No disrespect, no shade, but I’m not going to answer [that] question because I think that’s kinda corny,” she says adamantly. “I don’t know how to answer that.”

What she regrets about her career

“I’m pretty sure everybody in the industry — and in life, period — has things that they feel like they would do over, but I don’t really regret much in my life. There are certain things that I would do over — and certain things that I would do differently. [But] the things that I go through and the things that I’ve gone through have become a major part of who I am today.”

Fears about becoming stagnant in the music industry

“I’m a real artist. I [have] basically been in the game for a minute, [so it’s] where I feel like it’s time to go to [another] level in my career. I think every artist has that moment — if you’re a real artist. I care about what I do, so in different things [you’re] always concerned about your next step — but that doesn’t stop me from taking it.”

Her plans on creating new music

“I just think that my fans — not even just my fans, but even potentially new fans — are ready to hear some new Lil’ Kim music and everyone knows that … I put a lot of my reality into my music [that] people can identify with. People are ready to hear real rap — real s— coming from a female. Because I’ve always been different, no matter what. My music has always been very sexual and very pro-women. Now I get to do that through my new artists. I have my label coming out, which makes me very driven. “

If We will ever see her on reality television

“I never say ‘never,’ but I don’t look at television shows or reality shows and say ‘I want to be on this show,’ Not really. I’m more so into just watching them for entertainment purposes.”

Her relationship with Diddy

“Puffy called me one day and he tracked me down through some people I knew,” she says of how this latest endeavor together came about. “[He said] ‘No matter what, you’re going to always be my sister.’ We always go through things like that. At the end of the day, we’re tied to each other through B.I.G.’s estate and B.I.G.’s iconic, historic legacy.”

What do you think?

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  • young_scorpio

    When every one gets done talking….Kim is indeed the blueprint and every female that came after her copied her style….like it or not Kim is still the Queen

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  • That’s a powerful combination and great, wish success

  • africangirlwithasharptounge

    Gotta note that the question about her legacy and Lil Kim saying it’s disrespectful was actually a question regarding her looks, and if she wanted to comment on the public’s comments about her “new face”…she found the interviewer to be rude i’m guessing from asking a question about her post surgery face and bringing up the public’s opinion about it…which is fair. I guess.

    • Sunny

      Ummmmmm no one said anything about her face. Her legacy has to do with her career and what she is leaving behind as she moves along. She should be proud. Shiittt she should be extremely happy to answer that question. That shows appreciation!! But whatever………

      • CT

        Agreed! That question had nothing to do with her questionable cosmetic surgeries

        • africangirlwithasharptounge

          I’m talking about the REAL question from the interview…not on the article. So before you judge my comment do your research.

          • CT

            dont get mad at me, get mad at the person who didn’t put all the information together in this article, which is what I was replying to. The article made it look like she was talking about her legacy.

      • africangirlwithasharptounge

        If you Read MN’s NEW article about lil kim and the rolling out interview you’ll see what my original comment is saying…so calm down and reread it boo.

  • bigdede

    I just can’t take her seriously. She looks good on this cover but when I see her performing with that face, the teenager in me who bought her first CD dies a little inside

  • Nice article, but from the title I was assuming she was going to answer how she felt about Beyonce also being called Queen B. It seems to me some artist are protective of their nicknames. I’ve been curious if Lil Kim feels the same way.

    • africangirlwithasharptounge

      Thats exactly what I thought too….and i’ve always thought that she would come out and talk about that, but I guess not.

  • Ty Ellison

    She doesn’t regret trying to become the Black Pamela Anderson and getting plastic surgery that makes her look like a human Hello Kitty?

    • CT

      I think she looks like a Black Zsa Zsa Gabore, lol.

    • Guest

      LMAO! “Human Hello Kitty” made me laugh so hard!

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  • young afrique

    Wow she looks great with tha dark skinned ..that she tried to hide..photoshopping her w dark skin ..how brilliant maybe she would stop the bleach after this pic..wow!

  • rainbow

    Well she ain’t lying

  • CT

    First off, how is “what does her legacy means to her?” corny? Second, who ever photo shopped this picture deserves a damn raise!

  • Chas

    Whoever did the photo shopping on this deserves a raise lol

    • Pookiewood

      You think so? Looks terrible even ‘shopped.

      • Chas

        She permanently messed herself up BUT the photo shopped version still looks better than her in real life…So much better that whoever did it should at least get a bonus lol Or some paid time off, i’m sure that took a while to fix

        • Pookiewood

          HAHA Got ya and so true!

  • misss

    Love Lil Kim. Queen Bee @mahoganygraves:disqus she does look nice here

  • Mahogany Graves

    she looks really good on this cover. love lil kim