July 11, 1974
American rapper, songwriter, record producer, model, and actress Lil Kim was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1974. Lil Kim spent her adolescent years in Brooklyn free-styling and perfecting her artistry while looking up to performer Diana Ross and female MC, MC Lyte.
Her career in the music industry began performing a freestyle rap for The Notorious B.I.G. in 1995 with his rap group Junior M.A.F.I.A., whose debut album Conspiracy generated 3 hit singles. Lil Kim had an off and on relationship with Biggie until his death in 1997.
Pop culture has given Lil Kim titles such as Queen Bee and the Queen of Hip hop. Her song “Lady Marmalade” with Pink, Christina Aguilera and Mya Harrison, is one of the best-selling singles of all time worldwide, with sales of over 5.1 million worldwide. It peaked at no.1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making her the first female rapper to have a No. 1 on that chart. Throughout her career she has sold over 11 million albums worldwide.
Lil Kim is also a known philanthropist; raising over $4 million for the MAC AIDS Fund, in addition to donating all proceeds of a song sales to September 11th Fund, and starting her own homeless support foundation titled Lil Kim Cares, among many other things. Lil Kim is without a doubt one of the most important female figures in hip hop history.