“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.”

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