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With everybody and they mama beefing these days, it’s nice to see grown adults put the silliness behind them and move on to something more positive and uplifting. That’s what it looks like Faith Evans is trying to do with her longtime…(is nemesis too strong?), Lil Kim.
In case you’ve been sleeping on pop culture for the last two decades, you know that Lil Kim, Faith Evans and Biggie were in a very messy love triangle. And the death of their shared love interest, didn’t exactly subdue the fire.
But that was years and years and years ago.
And during this past All Star Weekend both Faith and Lil Kim were performing at Diddy’s All Star Weekend concert “The Tip Off.”
So when Faith and Kim were at the rehearsal together, Faith took the time to give props to Kim via her Instagram.
See what she said below.
As of now, Lil Kim has yet to acknowledge it or reciprocate but kudos to Faith for being the bigger woman. That drama is literally decades old at this point. They’ve both moved on to other relationships, with children and everything else. Certainly, it’s time for it all to be water under the bridge.
Taraji P. Henson Shares Which Black Women Inspired Her Portrayal Of Cookie, And If She’ll Reunite With Lucious
One of the main reasons why we can’t get enough of “Empire” is because of Taraji P. Henson’s portrayal of Cookie Lyon: The tell-it-like-it-is matriarch of the family, who after 17 years behind bars, has returned to get what’s owed to her. It might be one of Henson’s best performances, and every time she comes back on-screen, we’re sucked in by the sassiness, the bright furs and the bold prints.
Henson recently chatted with Vogue about the story behind one of TV’s strongest leading ladies, and how similar the starlet is to her popular character.
Why People Connect With Cookie So Much
I think it’s because she’s the truth; she speaks the truth. You know exactly what you’re going to get from her. She is what she is—I wish everybody was like that. She’s free, she’s in the now, she says exactly what she feels, and I know most people wish they could all be so bold. She’s the moral compass.
Which People From Hip-Hop Culture Influenced Cookie?
She’s more than hip-hop: She’s everywoman, she’s a mother, she’s a family woman, a wife, a ride-or-die. She made a sacrifice to break the cycle of poverty, and that makes her an everywoman. Is she influenced by Foxy Brown? Certainly. That’s where a lot of her style comes from—Salt-N-Pepa, all of that. That era of hip-hop was her heyday, those are the woman[sic] she identifies with.
The Influence Of Lil Kim On Taraji’s Portrayal Of Cookie
Kim is everything. Today it’s Nicki Minaj, but Nicki Minaj got everything from Kim. Kim came on the scene and made everything change for women—she made it feminine and sexy and hardcore. She was a champion, and she’s certainly Cookie’s champion.
Cookie And Jamal’s Relationship
Once a mother; always a mother. I’m a mother in real life, so I don’t have to act. When it’s time to protect our child, as parents, we feel our kid’s pain harder than they do. I tried to explain that to my son. The closest he came to understanding was through his relationship with our dog. He said, I feel that way about Willy. We carry them for nine months. I could only imagine having a child that a father rejects.
I feel like Lucious rejects him out of fear. When he puts Jamal in the trash can, he wanted to throw him away before the world threw him away. He wanted to hide his son from everyone—the ugliness of being a black gay male to the world. Fear will do anything, and Cookie understands the pain on both sides. Cookie is never going to hate her child for being who he is, but she fears for his life, too, because he’s gay and black. It’s deep.
Whether Or Not Cookie Still Loves Lucious
Cookie loves him no matter what, because she knows he’s trying to do the right thing. He’s been an orphan since nine, so a lot of his actions are coming from that, having to survive in a really inhumane way, as a nine-year-old out on the street. I marvel at how he was able to do it. It’s how you look at it, and Cookie really knows him.
If There Are Similarities Between Taraji And Her Character
Some of it is me. I think with all of the characters I portray, there is a little bit of me. I have to pull from life experiences to make the words pop. With Cookie, I am a personality in real life, so we have that in common. But I don’t go flying off the handle in elevators. Like when she calls Jamal’s boyfriend La Cucaracha, or calls the cab driver a Pakistani. I don’t do that. I have the emotions in check.
Cookie has a lot of my dad’s character—the truth and the no-buffer. My dad was like that. I had to do a disclaimer before you met him. He don’t mean no harm, he’s just real, and that’s that. She did seventeen years in jail. What’s she gonna bite her tongue for? And that’s why people love her.
Her Hopes For Cookie
I hope that her seventeen years in jail weren’t in vain. I hope she really does become a major player in the company, because she knows what she’s doing. She’s smart enough to know how to go and get what she wants any way she can—you can’t handle no business dealing with thugs. She has the gift of gab, she’s smart, she’s passionate, and she cares. Who cares about music as much as she does?
And Cookie and “Empire” as a whole continue to win in the ratings. For yet another week, the ratings for the show have gone up (there has been no decrease in viewers since the pilot), and were the highest for Wednesday night. According to Entertainment Weekly, the show brought in 11.5 million viewers and had a 4.6 rating among the coveted 18-49 category. The show had a 56 percent increase in ratings compared to its lead-in show, the very played out, “American Idol.” The “Empire” can’t be stopped…
Look at this precious little girl, cheesing so hard for the camera. Can you guess who her parents are? Here are some clues. Her father’s name is a synonym for money. Both she and her mother wore Bee costumes for Halloween. And both of her parents appeared on an episode of David Tutera’s “CELEBrations.”
If you’re up on your pop culture knowledge that should give it away.
This just so happened to be this little one’s first time on a plane. Do you know who her parents are?
Click to the next page to find out.
Lil Kim and the father of her child Royal Reign must be on the outs. Because the rapper just took to Instagram posting a picture of Nicki Minaj, booty tooted on a rug, in front of a fireplace. You know just in time for the holidays and what not.
As you can imagine, fans of Lil Kim who are also following Mr. Papers are outraged and have expressed their discontent in the comment section. A few thousand have unfollowed him, presumably as a result.
In the best case scenario, Mr. Papers would have been hacked by someone. But judging by the image he posted before this one…
…he’s in his feelings. The two probably have broken up already.
This is pretty low down. Everyone knows that Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj are pretty much arch enemies. For him to post this picture is the ultimate slap in the face. This is like your man posting a sexy picture of that crazy coworker you had to cuss out. And this is after years of you telling him how that heffa makes your skin crawl. There’s no coming back for this one. And to add insult to injury, he at mentioned Nicki Minaj. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with these two. But I’m willing to bet there’s no coming back from this one. The sad thing is they’ll always be involved in each other’s lives one way or another because of the child they share.
Many new artists representing for this generation reflect on the artists before them who paved the way and inspired them. Some even end up bonding and sparking a friendship with these musical forefathers (and mothers). There’s no better example of this ode to the old school and camaraderie with the new school than the relationship between J. Cole and Nas.
Many have likened J. Cole to Nas in terms of lyrical ability and fame. His track “Let Nas Down” wasn’t a diss record or an apology for making a song that Nasty Nas wasn’t feeling. It was simply a chance to speak on the pressures to make it in the rap game, sometimes at the expense of your art, and how the industry really hasn’t changed, regardless of when both men entered it. Nas could relate, and in turn, created the song “Made Nas Proud” to share his own bumpy road in the industry and to show his support.
This type of relationship between a man that many can coin a living legend and another who is definitely one of the brightest stars in hip-hop, is what I would like to see more of, especially from artists just breaking into music. You can’t simply kick open a window that was already opened for you and say you broke through all by yourself. Unfortunately, this respect between old and new artists isn’t necessarily shared across the board.
Say what you want, but Nicki Minaj owns the female rap game right now. She has critically acclaimed featured verses – even stealing shine from Jay Z and Kanye West on“Monster” when she was a rookie – and two big records with Beyoncé. She is, without a doubt, the current female rapper running things. Way before her, there was Lil Kim. And despite Kim rolling with the big boys, spitting raunchy lyrics that made your grandmother blush and putting her own stamp on hip-hop, Nicki ignores her resumé.
It’s not necessarily all Nicki’s fault. Lil Kim’s attempt to make a comeback by using Nicki’s name and beef with her sparked an underwhelming wave of diss tracks and songs at a time when the Barbz and the Ken dolls pined for the “Pills n Potions” rapper’s third studio album, The Pinkprint (in stores today). Lil Kim has certainly had her time on top, but she’s unwilling to make space for Nicki. The pettiness of their beef (which popped up again after Nicki did the “Flawless” remix a few months back), appears to be more of Kim trying to regain her place on top in an industry that has evolved without her.
Now Drake and Diddy are reportedly coming to blows over the “0 to 100” beat. Drizzy is every girl’s favorite rapper – word to K. Michelle – while Diddy is a rapper and business mogul who has worked with some of the greats and broke records. Snubbing the infamous Bad Boy head would be a bad idea for the careers of quite a few rappers. But with Drake near the top of hip-hop, he made it clear that he’s unbothered, and Diddy got physical in the end, telling Canada’s biggest star that “You’ll never disrespect me again.”
Regardless of Nicki and Drake’s success, a respect for those that blazed the path for them to come up is still necessary. They don’t necessarily have to care for them, but a simple nod to the old-school would suffice.
In that same respect, picking fights while desiring to have that “old thing” back is sad and unnecessary for the old-school stars. It would be more interesting to witness a collaboration between these artists rather than listen to them trade insults on wax (and punches at nightclubs). The records are never that great, nor do they seem authentic.
Good music is good music, and there is enough space on iTunes to celebrate the old and the new. So why can’t some of music’s biggest stars play nice?
During K. Michelle’s very revealing Breakfast Club interview earlier this week, she had some things to say about everything and everybody (including us…*Kanye shrug*), and one person she said she has no time for is Lil Kim. If you’ll recall, the women fell out after Lil Kim fans came for K. Michelle when she called Nicki Minaj the ‘Queen of Rap,’ and in retaliation, she dissed them. Kim took that as a personal insult since she loves her fans so much, and from there, they had bad blood. K told Kim to go somewhere and breastfeed her baby, and Kim called K crazy. That was it…for a while.
But when K was asked about Kim on The Breakfast Club on Tuesday, and Kim denying ever asking her to be the godmother to her daughter, K had this to say:
“I swear for crackers and cheese—God strike me down—that girl asked me to be the godmother of her child. And I thought it was awkward myself.
Her face is stretched back too tight, it probably affected her brain. I just feel bad for her face. Don’t talk to me until you get your original face back.”
Now we all know that Kim wasn’t going to allow anyone to say anything negative about her without striking back. So she took to Instagram and went all the way off:
I wasn’t even going to respond to this insecure pathological lying sick psycho bitch @kmichelle @kmichellemusic I got bigger fish to fry but enough is enough. I need to put an end to this once and for all. Remember this picture y’all right? . This was the first and only time I have ever met this chick. She says I asked her this day backstage to be the Godmother of my child. If what I’m about to say doesn’t convince you of how much of a Looney Tune this chick is then I don’t know what will. You ready for this one?! NO ONE EVEN KNEW I WAS PREGNANT AT THE TIME OF THIS PICTURE… NOT EVEN MY OWN MOTHER!!!!! So why the FUCK would I ask this nobody ass Prozac popping bipolar bitch, tripping over $50 from my girl Paris @whoisparisphillips , who is a good and loyal friend, to be my child’s Godmother. Case closed. I don’t want to hear about this shit again. You’re done. And as far as you talking about the presence that I grace in front of peasants like you. Surely jealousy and hate is the reason why haters like you attack my image which never stops nothing!!! Cause I’m moving out here!!! and niggas love me!!!! Chicks like you who pretend to love me just really wanna be me. My mother always told me never argue with a crazy person because from a distance you can’t tell who the crazy one is. So stop trying to use me as a respirator to sell whatever you got going on at the time but I am into giving back to the community so here’s my charity donation to you. I heard you dropped an album and I wish you all the success in the world and I hope you sell a ton of records. Let’s get ready for the new year y’all !!!! #lilkim #kmichelle #toasttoabeautifulandprosperousnewyear
Well dang, Kim. Tell ‘em why you’re mad. I’m guessing we’ll see her on The Breakfast Club to defend herself again sometime next week.
Anyway, since K is out promoting her new album, Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart, we were thinking she would be too busy to respond to Kim’s verbal attack, but then again, she always finds time to get involved in some mess…
Another highly anticipated reunion from tonight’s Soul Train Awards was a throwback performance of “Not Tonight (Ladies Night Remix)” featuring Lil Kim, Da Brat and Missy Elliott.
Angie Martinez, who was on the original remix, was visibly absent from the performance. Last month when asked by Rickey Smiley why Angie would not be joining the rest of the ladies on the stage, Da Brat revealed that she wasn’t really sure, but hinted that there may have been some issues with production. However, as they say, the show must go on…and it certainly did.
Fellow female emcees MC Lyte, YoYo and Lady of Rage joined the trio on stage, as well as R&B group Total.
Watch the performance below.
So who is this bumblebee? Why, it’s Royal Reign, the daughter of the original queen bee, Lil Kim! The rapper stepped out for Halloween festivities with her little one (who will be five months old this month) and they both wore matching costumes. Not only am I loving little Royal’s look, but is she not giving the cutest side-eye ever?
Royal Reign was born on June 9 and ever since then, the MC has been gushing over her little lady. As Lil Kim told Ray J and Erica Mena while visiting “106 & Park” recently, “It was the most expensive gift God has ever given me. And the most beautiful gift God has ever given me.”
Check out more adorable images of mother and daughter celebrating Royal’s first Halloween!
Yesterday was my baby’s first Halloween and the Queen Bee and Baby Bee were buzzing in the neighborhood trick or treating!!! #anthonylattimoreyououtdidyourselfwiththesecostumes #greatjob #lilkim #queenbee #babybee #lilbee #halloween #trickortreat @antlamourr
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Lil Kim, Missy Elliott And Da Brat Will Reunite To Perform “Ladies Night Remix” At The Soul Train Awards
If you’re a big fan of the “Not Tonight (Ladies Night Remix),” you’ll be happy to know that Lil Kim, Missy Elliott and Da Brat will come together during November’s Soul Train Awards to perform the classic jam. The performance will be part of a tribute to Kool & The Gang, as the remix samples the soul/funk group’s “Ladies’ Night.” Kool & The Gang are being honored with a Legend Award and will be recognized by not only Lil Kim, Missy and Da Brat, but singer Joe as well.
“Ladies Night Remix” also featured the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Angie Martinez, but it’s unclear whether or not Martinez will be a part of the performance.
If you’re interested in checking out what should be an epic performance, you can tune in to the Soul Train Awards on November 30, which will air on both Centric and BET at 8 p.m. Wendy Williams is set to be the host (and that will be interesting considering that Lil Kim and Martinez both have had issues with Williams in the past).
Anywho, until November 30, you can check out a classic performance of all five of the women doing the song at the MTV VMAs in 1997.
Happy Fun Friday!!!!! From myself and Royal Reign!!!!! #royalreign #lilkim #queenbee #lilbee
Warning, looking at photos of Lil Kim’s daughter will give you severe baby fever!
The rapper posted two adorable pictures of her 4-month old daughter Royal Reign on social media this past week. The posts were a treat for Lil Kim fans since she rarely post pictures of her beautiful baby girl.
The Queen Bee called motherhood “the most expensive gift God has ever given me and the most beautiful gift God has ever given me,” during an interview with 106 & Park back in September.
Lil Kim surprised us all when she first revealed she was pregnant earlier this year. The rapper mentioned she was expecting a child with fellow rapper, Mr. Papers. The couple welcomed Reign to their world on June 9th, 2014.
Look at my little princess face!!! Royal Reign #royalreign #lilkim