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Working on her upcoming mixtape, Hardcore 2K13, Lil Kim was interviewed by XXL on her career, including what she is working on now, and where she thinks she stands amongst the female rappers of yesteryear and today. One major point the Notorious K.I.M. brought up that has people talking, is the reality that women in Hip-Hop just can’t seem to get along like they used to. Kim, of course, had a public beef with Nicki Minaj, and was called out on Twitter by Azealia Banks (who doesn’t get along with too many folks in general), so she knows what she’s talking about. Check out what Lil Kim had to say about all that, and why she’s still the queen:
Why Women Rappers Don’t Collaborate Like They Used To:
You have other women out there who want to be by themselves. They don’t get the art of unity and what inspired that. You can’t come in the game and think, Oh, okay, I’m going to be the only one out here. I don’t want to stand in the line with no other chicks.” It’s still a struggle because when a woman makes it to the top, it wasn’t like that when we were out. When we made it to the top, the real divas—me, Missy, Eve—we had no problem standing in a line. Look, let’s get this money. We did songs together. We just kept continuously doing it even when we didn’t like each other. We did photo shoots even when we couldn’t stand each other. It was more real. Nowadays, it’s just females are jealous. And they want to act like the girl who is responsible for all this doesn’t exist. That’s whack [sic]. That’s real corny, but things will change. That’s the one thing for certain—two things for sure. Things will change.
Where She Thinks She Stands In The Female Rap Game:
I am definitely the queen. I definitely see myself as the queen. I am the one who made it possible for females to be s*xy. That’s just the bottom line. And still rap hard with the fellas. Period.
If She Feels Like She Deserves More Respect Than She Gets At This Point:
I don’t give a f**k. It’s whatever. At this point, it is what it is. The streets made me. They stay at me. There’s nothing that’s gonna take away from my legacy. I’m sorry. It is what it is. I’m dying this way. With the crown on my head, nobody can take nothing away from me. It is what it is. I am who I am. Bottom line.
She made some interesting points, folks. But I think the reality is, she feels this way because there are less female lyricists getting shine and doing there thing right now. There were lots more in the ’90s, so if you didn’t get along with one or two (for instance, like she didn’t get along with Foxy Brown), you didn’t feel so alienated. But now, it’s just Nicki and a few other folks, and Kim is trying to stay afloat, so the petty squabbles stand out more. Well, now you see why folks miss the ’90s so much.
But what do you think? Share your thoughts below and check out her full interview over at XXL.
Did Lauryn Hill really write “Miseducation”? Is anything about Rick Ross real? We all thought it was tacky when it was reported that Lil’ Kim stole her album art from Canadian makeup artist Samantha Ravndahl, but Kim isn’t the only artist out there with sticky fingers. Some of your favorite tracks, lyrics and even performances have supposedly been stolen from other folks.
Some stars have been with you since puberty or earlier. You might’ve heard one of their well-crafted verses when you experienced your first kiss , or nodded along sadly to one of their well-sung ballads after your first break up. Or, perhaps, you watched a certain film that uplifted you every single time, and you grew fond of the person cast in the lead role. Yes, these artist/actors found a neat place in your heart… that’s why it’s shocking when all of sudden they just disappear from the scene. They were killing it in their heyday, laying down track-after-track of generation defining hits, or they leading astounding roles in incredible movies, then they turned on ghost mode? Some of these celebrities quietly faded to into the background, while others disgracefully slide into oblivion, like Lindsay Lohan.
Tiger Woods was at the top of the world of golf for a long time, before it was discovered that Woods was spreading his seed around to every cheap piece of flesh that would have him, which ultimately destroyed his career, his marriage and his life. The Tiger days are now over.
Lil Kim is back, trying to get folks to take her and her music as seriously as they used to back in the day. It’s difficult, considering the female MC field is larger than it used to be with Nicki, Iggy, Azealia, the return of Eve and more, so it’s hard to stand out when everyone has a colorful wig on and are being backed by popular and powerful men in Hip-Hop. But with her new mixtape Hard Core 2K13 dropping on Black Friday, Lil Kim seems hungry to come for the crown again. But is her new song “Dead Gal Walking,” enough to get us excited about what’s to come?
Meh, not really.
It’s not a bad song at all, but about one minute into it you start tuning out. The whole “dead gal walkiiiiiiing” schpeel in her patois in the chorus is repeated over and over throughout the short song, and the horns and effects in the song are a bit distracting as well. But Kim still has flow, even if she’s still referencing BIG (“the most higher” as she calls him) in her music. The tone of the song is very dark, focusing on gritty street life and beef (“Cross the queen and you get buried alive”), a stark turn from some of the love-focused music she was releasing last year for fans (I know you guys remember “If You Love Me“). While it’s not necessarily my cup of green tea, it does deserve a listen. It’s the Queen Bee for goodness sake! Check out “Dead Gal Walking” and let us know what you think. Pass or play?
I’ve seen some pretty awesome celebrity costumes this week, including female rapper Iggy Azalea as Cruella de Vil, Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan as Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, and Miley Cyrus as Lil Kim. But I’ve also seen a few costumes that blew my mind for being so racy and not making that much sense at the same time. Like Nicki Minaj’s costume for example.
The MC decided to attend Hot 97′s Halloween shinding last night dressed as a s*xy cop. From first glance I thought it was just a complex dominatrix outfit (the panties, the pasties and the chest doo-dad made it seem that way), but the handcuffs on her fishnet stockings and the fact that she called herself Officer Minaj definitely set things straight. It was clearly a revealing look, but Nicki hasn’t been too shy as of late, taking selfies of herself topless on more than one occasion.
I think we can all agree that nobody took the Halloween holiday more serious than this gal. We know the stereotype that some women use Halloween to dress up as a sexed up version of any and everything, but the Nickster took it to a whole other level. What do you make of her costume?
Going under the knife in Hollywood has never been anything new. While some are open and honest with the work they’ve had done, other celebrities try to deny it ’til their death. Despite evidence showing otherwise, these celebrities have denied having plastic surgery.
Viewers instantly fell in love with NeNe Leakes and her bold personality when Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” reality show premiered in 2008. The sudden rise in popularity also caused a rise in her bank account and soon NeNe was debuting a brand new look. After first copping to getting some pearly white veneers, the “Glee” co-star revealed all of the work she had done, including a nose job, liposuction, breast reduction and breast lifting. So when she appeared on Bethenny Frankel’s show last month, NeNe had viewers scratching their heads by denying she had any plastic surgery. Frankel herself had to get up and perform her own inspection to see if NeNe was telling the truth or not.
So we know me and you, your mama and your cousin too have all been waiting for Bad Gyal RiRi’s highly anticipated “Pour It Up” video since we heard the track earlier this year.
After many behind-the-scenes photos and a video, this afternoon the Bajan rude girl released the visuals for the strip club banger. The video begins with Rihanna walking to her Pimpstress throne in a long chinchilla coat and “Rihanna Money” stiletto shoes, reminiscent of Lil Kim during her “Hard Core” days. Afterward, viewers are greeted by three different str!ppers who can twerk on water, perform acrobatics, and clap their backside like it’s hands — sometimes all at the same damn time.
While the girls will make every guy’s fantasy come true and ladies will watch keenly to learn how to twerk on water, one thing is for certain: the tone and feel of the“Pour It Up” visuals do not compare to Rihanna’s 2011 “We Found Love” music video. Although Rihanna and her dancers were flawlessly s*xy with their pole moves, the energy in the video was lacking. “Pour It Up” is notoriously known around town as the song you plot mischief to, so the video’s final cut in a word would be: disappointment. It fell flat as Rihanna twerked her mini buttocks with a blunt in her mouth, most likely because everything we saw in the video we have already seen before on Rihanna’s Instagram. Her fans, of course, have noted their queen is back and Miley Cyrus needs to take notes (which we already knew).
Watch the video below and tell us what you think about Ri Ri’s directorial debut.
Every time I hear Miley Cyrus’ name or see something Cyrus-related, I get the sudden urge to walk face-first into a brick wall – in that M. Night Shyamalan environmental revenge flick The Happening-sort of way. I resist the urge because I’m at peace and at one with the universe. And yes, that is a movie spoiler. Sorry.
But seriously, I just wish the entire world would just shut the freakin’ Holy crap up about this lady. Just when my Facebook timeline has mostly cleansed itself of the hourly post with that single thumbnail-sized pic of a bony Cyrus at the VMAs, bent over in front of Robin Thicke dressed as Bettlejuice, here comes a Rolling Stone article. Bam! Miley-mania has started all over again. I mean, it was kind of cute when the little kids were running around, stringing their fake plastic Hannah Montana guitars and belting out “The Best of Both Worlds” around the living room floor, but watching grown a** bloggers, journalists, columnists and average Facebook intellectuals going keypad crazy over themselves trying to explain the cultural significance of Cyrus and her butt-less twerk is just unbearable at this point. I get it: appropriation. But I got it the first two dozen times somebody wrote that same exact thing.
But here we are – talking about Cyrus. Again. But I swear it’s for a good reason. If not, then blame it on my genetic makeup. What I’m saying is that Dodai Stewart, writer for Jezebel, thinks that black people are totally the blame for the rise of Miley Cyrus. That’s cool. We get blamed for everything else, might as well take one for #TeamBillyRayandTish too. Nevertheless, in a piece aptly called Miley Cyrus’s Antics Are Being Encouraged by Black People, Stewart (who is black) goes all in on the community for being the creative team behind the pop stars image and basically co-signing everything that Cyrus does. This includes Pharrell Williams, who produced four songs on her new album, Lil’ Kim, and even the code-switching, new slave himself Kanye West, who we found out is partially responsible for Cyrus’ now infamous VMA performance.
“With all of these words of support from black people, it’s no wonder that Miley Cyrus is confused (and confusing others) about where the lines are drawn when it comes to adoration, influence, copycatting, mockery, poseur-ing and appropriation. And while being “homies” with black people might lend some credibility, it seems fairly obvious that Miley’s black obsession (blackcession?) is a phase, and like Madonna (with Latin/Asian/Indian/gay cultures), Gwen Stefani (with Harajuku Girls) or Mark “Marky Mark” Wahlberg before her, she’ll soon move on to something else. (“Stoner,” perhaps?) One thing’s for sure: Miley’s already over rump shaking…”
Stewart also points out that Cyrus’s image is “pretty well-calculated” and highlights a couple of comments from Lisa Katnic, the stylist behind Cyrus’ new “edgier” look, who says in the Rolling Stone piece: “Every single [music] video that I’ve done this year, one of the key words has been ratchet.” Stewart also noted how both Katnic and Cyrus have hinted about a coming style change, with Cyrus herself saying, “Now people expect me to come out and twerk with my tongue out all the time. I’ll probably never do that s**t again.”
Well, thank you Ned the Wino for small miracles!
As much as I want to finger wag at Stewart for – well, actually I don’t want to finger wag at her at all because I agree. None of this would have ever happened if there weren’t black folks ready to validate Cyrus through both style and controversy. Now she is a real rebel because she managed to not only befuddle white folks but piss a bunch of black folks off too. Let this be a lesson to the community the next time around when some lanky white girl comes strolling into the ‘hood on the hunt for some real life “ratchet.” Next time, we will pull the kids and small animals inside and then close all windows, drapes, and shutters on her a** just like they do in those old Westerns.
What’s really awful about this Miley Cyrus frenzy is that folks are working themselves up over such a crappy appropriation of Madonna’s past appropriation. At least Madonna’s cultural theft (or should we call it an unequal trade off) from the blacks and the gay blacks and Hispanics gave us “Vogue,” “Human Nature,” and “Borderline,” which were all my damn jams! At least Madge could follow basic choreography. Cyrus has no rhythm and moves like she has no rhythm too. Her whole entire Hip-Hop motif sounds like something straight out of Kidz Bop. Seriously, The Borg-like black community, why we even bother to entertain this mess for as long as we have is beyond me…
While some may argue that some of today’s female hip hop acts have already greatly surpassed the lady emcees of yesteryears, if you ask actress and media personality Queen Latifah, she’ll more than likely tell you that women in hip hop from the 90s have yet to be outdone. At least that’s what she told Ricky Smiley while out promoting her new daytime talk show, The Queen Latifah Show.
“I still think some of the best ones that have done it have yet to be topped. I still don’t think anybody has topped the whole era of Foxy, Kim, Missy, Eve, me on the tail end kinda things,” the hip hop icon said.
She went on to say that although she believes Nicki Minaj is doing her thing, she looks forward to seeing more than just one woman be successful in the hip hop genre.
“I’m still looking forward to it not just being a one-at-a-time female rapper thing. I mean, I think Nicki Minaj is great, but I think we definitely need to blow up some of the other females that are out there.”
The television producer also discussed working with Will and Jada for her upcoming talk show, which is scheduled to premiere on September 16th.
“It took Will and Jada to be involved in this for me to really do it, to be honest with you. Because I have done a talk show before and I learned a lot doing that show, but I knew then—what I learned then was that I really had to make it me. It had to be something that was really, really me in order for me to love going in there and working that hard and making it happen. And doing it every day. But I’ve known Will and Jada since I was a teenager. We’ve grown up together… Will has helped me out with various things throughout the years.”
Would you agree with her?
Twerking isn’t just a dance. It’s a cultural phenomena. Somehow in the last several months the stylized butt wiggling and gyrating known as twerking has moved from the dance club to being a favorite among some of Hollywood’s biggest names. But all is not well in the twerk-erverse. While we applaud the effort some celebrities have shown to tap into their inner dance machine, there’s a few that we simply have to call out. Their heart was in the right place, but when it comes down to it, these 14 celebs should just leave the twerking alone.