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“#SnapBackQueens”: Lil Kim Steps Out For The First Time Since Giving Birth To Celebrate Her 40th Birthday
After showing off baby Royal Reign’s face for the first time late last week, Lil’ Kim is now stepping out and showing her face in public for the first time since giving birth on June 9. Her 40th birthday was on Friday and she celebrated with her girlfriends, Yandy Smith and Kimbella Vanderhee (of Love and Hip Hop NY fame). The ladies hit up Beyoncé and Jay Z’s “On The Run” tour stop at the Met Life stadium in New Jersey on Saturday. She partied it up with her “boos”/”sisters for life” who lauded her how great her body looked a month after bringing Royal into the world (“#KimGotThatKillerSnapBack“). Especially Kimbella:
Last night #OTR concert with my sisters @yandysmith& @lilkimthequeenbee celebrating her birthday looking spectacular after just giving birth!! We had a blast last night! Jay & Bey did that!! #SnapBackQueens
She does look good!
— QBTillDaDeathOfMe (@HeavensAgenda) July 13, 2014
‘I Want To Share A Small Piece Of My Pride & Joy:’ Lil Kim Posts Photo Of Her Baby Girl, Royal Reign
Last month, we happily announced that Lil’ Kim gave birth to a healthy baby girl. Earlier today in honor of her birthday, the Brooklyn rapper finally debuted a face shot of her bundle of joy on WhoSay. The photo was also accompanied by a love note from Kim to her fans.
“Thank U to all my fans #TeamLilKim #KillerBees #Beehive & friends for the Birthday love. I Love U guys so much and we will be together soon again. On my Birthday I want to share something special with U all…. The greatest gift I have ever received. My princess, Royal !!!!!
This is her first picture on the day she was born. It was life changing and I want to share a small piece of my pride and joy with U on my special day today!!! Love U !!!! #HappyBirthdayLilKim #Royal #Reign #RoyalReign #TeamCancer.”
Over the holiday weekend, Kim also offered fans a little teaser when she shared a photo of Royal’s tiny feet.
As you may recall, the self-proclaimed Queen Bee shocked us all last February when she performed at New York Fashion Week toting a baby bump. She appears to be extremely happy—happier than we’ve seen her in a longggggg time. We’re excited for her and definitely wishing her the best!
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It’s Queen Bee’s birthday. And in true MadameNoire fashion, we’re celebrating her most famous (and infamous) pop moments. From her many looks to her many hits to her many controversies over the years, 15 of these moments have been collected and highlighted in celebration of a female MC who broke down barriers for so many other female MCs. Happy birthday, Lil Kim.
Well, not exactly together, but both the proud parents of Royal Reign, Lil’ Kim and rapper, Mr. Papers and Baby Future’s mom and Dad, Ciara and Future posted pics of the little cherubs in their stars and stripes and ribbons and bows this past weekend.
This is our first peek at The Queen Bee’s princess in a Instagram pic which she captioned:
“Look who is stepping out today for the 4th of July. Happy Independence Day from my blessing, Royal Reign, and us!!! #royalreign #happy4thofjuly #independenceday #lilkim #fireworks #blessing”
Royal reign also has new dad, Mr. Papers wrapped around her fingers as he posted his baby girl’s hand with the caption:
“This right here changed my whole life!!!! My beautiful daughter! The love of my life!! (Royal Reign Jones Neil)”
Ciara also reminded us that Baby Future is having some summer fun of his own as she posted a pic of him in a star-spangled onesie that read:
“Together We Make Red White and Blue:) Happy4th. Xo”
Ok, enough talk. Here’s some pics of the red, white and blue babies:
By Alexandra Olivier
Do you remember Brandy’s standout remix of “I Wanna Be Down?” It was 1995, and the 15-year-old singer was joined by some of the hottest femcees of the time – MC Lyte, Queen Latifah and YoYo – to make a record for the ladies, by the ladies. THE jam for many women, even to this day, “I Wanna Be Down” covered all the R&B and hip-hop bases. Queen Latifah would go on to say earlier this year that there was friendly competition between the rappers to have the best verse on the track, but the women still kept it positive and maintained a friendship that has lasted nearly 20 years later.
And what about 1998’s “Ladies Night (Remix)?” Lil Kim managed to team up with Angie Martinez, Missy Elliot, Da Brat and Left Eye. And watching the video (with cameos from everyone from Queen Latifah to Aaliyah), you can see that there was nothing but love between all the women. It also made you want to call up your girls and take a trip somewhere where there’s plenty of sun and eye candy. And last but not least, there was 2004’s “Lady Marmalade.” Inspired by the film Moulin Rouge, Christina Aguilera, Mya, Lil Kim and Pink bonded and let the world know that if there was ever a question of how to pull off s*xy, they had all the answers.
Where have these types of records gone? Modern day hip-hop has trouble celebrating a sense of sisterhood between women who equally trade hot 16s. It seems like women have fallen into a “crab-in-a-barrel” system – maliciously clawing at each other to claim the number one spot. I’m not at all surprised by the possible shade thrown by the reigning Queen of Hip-Hop at this year’s BET Awards. Nicki Minaj has owned the Best Female Hip Hop Artist category for five straight years and looking at her stats (and her competition), could you blame the public for voting for her? Unfortunately, the moment she sipped her piping hot Lipton tea while accepting her award, she further cemented the reality of the fragmented playing field occupied by women in the industry, despite what may have been her intention to motivate other femcees.
There are no more popular girl groups. Only solo artists.
There are no more “Lady Marmalade” videos bringing women of all sizes, colors and genres together. Only diss records and social media shade.
Can women in hip-hop be friends or is the competitive nature of the genre and the gender gap disparity breeding the cattiness women are known too well for?
This Bad Girls Club atmosphere is making it that much harder for women to succeed. Unlike male artists who are joining rap collectives and finding a home, women are forced to navigate a tougher path. Either latch on to an established male group/collective and wait for that breakout moment, or take on the industry solo in the hopes of being successful. Everyone can’t be Nicki Minaj, who seamlessly rotates between hip-hop and pop. The career lifespan of many female rappers has typically been short, with or without the backing of successful male counterparts and records, leaving many struggling independently (see Shawnna, Rah Digga, Khia and Jacki-O for some examples).
How different would the genre be if Lil Kim symbolically crowned Nicki – like Jay Z gifting J. Cole a chain – as the next lady ready to blaze the path? Instead, the two went head-to-head for too long over who was first to wear a colorful wig and lick a lollipop while squatting. The apparent lack of sisterhood further contributes to the decreasing success of female rappers attempting to break into the industry. While Nicki claims that there was no shade thrown toward Iggy Azalea at the 2014 BET Awards, with her level of success, she could reach out to budding artists to collaborate, or at least embrace them instead of reminding them who allegedly opened the door for them to even be known.
It isn’t solely on Nicki Minaj to save female rap, but as the biggest woman MC right now, if she wants to motivate women to be great and she wants to set a real blueprint (make that “pinkprint”), there needs to be a return to the camaraderie we used to see back in the day. There is more than enough room for everyone to eat. Not everyone will be friends, but every situation does not have to be a scene straight out of Mean Girls.
Notorious B.I.G’s Mother Voletta Wallace Speaks On Lil Kim Feud: “She Was Parading Around National TV About Biggie, The Love Of Her Life.”
The Notorious B.I.G. may be resting in peace, but it’s anything but that regarding the rap legend’s mother, Voletta Wallace, and Lil’ Kim.
Unreleased footage from 2005 posted on VladTV, features Mrs. Wallace explaining the origin of the rift between her and the Queen Bee, which occurred following B.I.G.’s passing.
“After my son’s death, believe it or not, Lil’ Kim and I were close,” Voletta Wallace said. “But I guess she doesn’t—I’m a woman who speaks my mind. Sometimes you say things, the truth hurts, and you take it the wrong way. I did not like the way she was [parading around] national television and radio about Biggie, the love of her life. Her heart, her nose, her mouth, her butt, every part of her. Christopher is not here to defend himself. I was offended. I was offended and I let her know. She didn’t like it and I don’t give a hoot.
“As far as Lil’ Cease is concerned, they’re all struggling,” she continued. “Christopher is not here. He was a figure in their life that they looked up to and he was not here and everybody just go their separate ways. The ways that they went wasn’t the straight way. As a result they all went down the toilet. But I wish them all well. I might tell them to go to hell and mind their own damn business but deep down I wish them well.”
Although members of B.I.G.’s group Junior Mafia have gone their separate ways, Wallace mentioned that things would have been different if her son were still alive. According to Wallace, everybody would “be taking care of their business.”
Read more about the Lil Kim’s feud with B.I.G.’s mother at EurWeb.com
The ex-boyfriend of famed lyricist Lil’ Kim, Damion “World” Hardy, has narrowly dodged death by legal injection, per the orders of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, the New York Daily News reports.
Specific reasoning for the ruling has not been specified, but Hardy, who was accused of carrying out six murders nearly a decade ago while running a ruthless drug crew called the Cash Money Brothers, is a known schizophrenic. Brooklyn prosecutors have also dropped the death penalty for Hardy’s co-defendant Aaron Granton. Back in 2007, the death penalty for the murder of rival Ivery Davis was originally authorized by then-Attorney General Michael Mukasey.
The decision was disclosed yesterday in court, with Hardy participating by videoconference from a Missouri prison hospital. According to reports, he is being forcibly medicated with antipsychotic drugs that will help restore him to mental competency. Hardy, however, made it clear that he’s unhappy with the medication he’s currently on.
“Block, I’m ready to plead to something low!” he shouted to Federal Judge Frederic Block during the conference. “What about the medication? I wasn’t supposed to be medicated this long. If you don’t clarify it, I’ll keep getting medicated!”
Hardy’s relationship with Kim seemed to be a serious one, as the two were reportedly engaged and living together in her New Jersey mansion at some point. He eventually suffered some sort of mental breakdown, began accusing Kim of being a part of a secret society and started to refer to himself as Messiah.
Check out a 2004 interview that Damion did with Wendy Williams.
The year 1994 marked the beginning of Hot 97’s epic annual Summer Jam concert. Twenty years later, the concert featuring the biggest names in hip-hop and r&b is still going strong and continues to showcase the biggest names in music. Here’s a look back at some of the most memorable moments from Summer Jam.
The Notorious B.I.G.’s Only Performance At Summer Jam
The year was 1995 and Bigge Smalls was the king of New York rap. The year before he released his debut single Juicy and then followed that up with the platinum-selling album, Ready To Die. When he descended onto the Summer Jam stage in ‘95 as the headliner, the crowd went wild. Dressed like a dapper don in a three-piece suit, Big had the crowd on its feet for his entire set. That would be the first and last time the Brooklyn rapper would perform for the radio station’s mega concert. He was shot and killed nearly two years later.
When the world first learned that Lil’ Kim is pregnant with her first child, plenty of questions arose—including the identity of the child’s father. Not long after, Mr. Papers came forward. While their relationship is new to most of us, the Bronx recording artist says that he and Kim have been an item for nearly two and a half years now.
“I met her two [ years ago], two years and like, five months,” he recently revealed to Mara The Hip Hop Socialite. “I met her, and that’s been my girl ever since then.”
Considering how long they’ve been together and that they’re about to welcome a child, it’s only natural for folks to begin wondering whether or not marriage is on the table for the parents-to-be. According to Papers, it absolutely is, but made it clear that he did not pop the question yet.
“Yeah, yeah, all that,” he responded to questions about making Kim his wife. “Of course, we going to do that.”
As for how the Queen Bee’s pregnancy is going, Papers jokes:
“She’s good; she’s fat.”
Switching gears a bit, the father-to-be also addressed rumors about a romantic relationship between Kim and Floyd Mayweather, who seems to be finding himself at the center of quite a few love squabbles these days.
“What that mean? [laughs] Ay yo listen, shout out to Floyd Mayweather. They gotta talk about me – I like it when they talk about us. Make sure it’s good. He’s getting money, so make sure to keep that type of level where it’s at. But it ain’t nothing though – they friends. I f*ck with him.”
Watch Mr. Papers’ full interview below.
Earlier today, we reported on Lil Kim asking fans to purchase baby shower gifts, as she expects to give birth to her daughter very soon. While we thought it was odd for her to suggest such a thing, we were curious to see just what was on her multiple baby registries.
According to the Daily Mail, fans have an array of choices from five retail stores: Tiffany & Co, Petit Tresor, Bel Bambini, Buy Buy Baby and Babies R Us. While some of the items were outrageous (leather bibs, baby cookbook, $400 sterling silver cup), we cannot lie, a lot of the registries’ items made us say “that’s cute!”
Take a look at Lil Kim’s baby registry and tell us what would your purchase for the Queen Bee’s baby? We have dibs on the leather bib and ruffle romper!