Lil Kim

Artist bio

"Notorious for her flesh-baring image and sexually explicit lyrics, Lil' Kim shot to fame in the latter half of the 1990s. But behind her spike-heeled gangsta porno rap ferocity lay a conflicted, vulnerable side of her character. She came from a broken home, and as a teenager had endured a violent relationship with her father. As a result she ran away and fell into an outwardly glamorous, but dangerous and exploitative world of pimps and drug dealers. She was discovered by Christopher Wallace, aka the Notorious B.I.G., who turned her into a star and became her lover before he was murdered in 1997 a crime that has never been solved.

Kim was devastated by Wallaces death, but eventually continued to forge a successful career. She is one of only three female rappers to have three platinum albums the others being Missy Elliott and Nicki Minaj. And she is also the only female rapper to ever receive a coveted 5-mics review from The Source magazine, for her acclaimed 2005 album The Naked Truth released while she was serving a jail sentence for perjury. Since regaining her freedom, Kim has continued to be active musically and also as a reality-TV star and in June 2014 became a mother to a daughter, Royal Reign, whose father is the Honduras-born rapper Mr. Papers. The couple are no longer together."