Lil’ Kim

Lil’ Kim’s debut album Hard Core, released in 1996, became a RIAA-certified double platinum and has sold over 6 million copies world wide. The three singles No Time, Not Tonight (Ladies Night) and Crush on You from the album were also highly successful, and the album is considered a classic in the world of hip hop music.

Her following albums The Notorius K.I.M (2000) and La Bella Mafia (2003) also became RIAA-certified platinums, making Lil’ Kim one of only three female rappers with three or more platinum-certified studio albums (the other two are Missy Elliott and Nicki Minaj).

Throughout her career so far, Lil’ Kim has sold more than 30 million singles and 15 million albums worldwide.

The single Lady Marmalade, where she was featured alongside Mýa, Pink and Christina Aguilera, went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, won a Grammy Award and recieved two MTV Video Music Awards. Recorded for the Mouline Rouge soundtrack, the song was a big hit internationally, sold over 5.1 million copies worldwide and went to #1 in 50 countries around the world.

In the 2003 book ”There’s a God in the Mic” by the old school hip hop MC Kool Moe Dee, Lil’ Kim is included in a list of the top 50 greatest Mcs of all time.

In addition to being a rapper and songwriter, Lil’ Kim is also a record producer, model, actress, and philanthropist.


Name Kimberly Denise Jones
Stagename Lil’ Kim

She was born in Brooklyn, New York City, USA on July 11, 1975 or 1976 (sources differ).


  • Years active: 1994- present


  • Big Beat
  • Atlantic
  • Queen Bee Entertainment
  • E1 Music

First solo album

Lil’ Kim’s first solo album ”Hard Core” was released in November 1996. It debuted at #11 on the Billboard 200 – at the time the highest debut for an album by a female rapper. On Billboard’s Top R&B, it took the third spot.

Hard Core sold 78,000 copies during its first week. Since then, it has sold over 5 million copies worldwide, and it became a RIAA-certified double platinum on 14 March, 2001.


Studio albums

  • Hard Core (1996)
  • The Notorious K.I.M. (2000)
  • La Bella Mafia (2003)
  • The Naked Truth (2005)

Collaboration albums

  • Conspiracy (with Junior M.A.F.I.A.) (1995)



Year Tour
2000 The Notorious K.I.M. Tour
2010 2010 Tour
2012 Return of the Queen Tour

Joint tours

Year Tour Participants
1997-1998 No Way Out Tour Lil’ Kim

Puff Daddy & The Family

2011 Winterbeatz Australia Lil’ Kim

50 Cent




2016 Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour Various past, present and future artists from the Bad Boy Entertainment label, such as Lil’ Kim, Faith Evans, Mase, Black Rob, French Montana, 112, Total, Carl Thomas, and The LOX.


Year Film Role
1997 Gangstresses Herself
1999 She’s All That Alex
2000 Longshot Herself
2001 Zoolander Herself
2002 Juwanna Mann Tina Parker
2003 Those Who Walk in Darkness Soledad O’Roark
2003 Gang of Roses Chastity
2004 Nora’s Hair Salon Herself
2004 You Got Served Herself
2005 Lil’ Pimp Sweet Chiffon
2005 There’s a God on the Mic Herself
2007 Life After Death: The Movie – Ten Years Later Herself
2008 Superhero Movie Xavier’s daughter
2017 Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story Herself

Video games

Year Title Role
2004 Def Jam: Fight for NY Herself (voice)