When one discusses the pantheon of legendary female emcees, you gotta’ put some respect on the name of Kimberly Denise Jones, better known as Lil’ Kim, the Queen Bee.
A brash upstart in the Biggie Smalls headed Hip-Hop crew, Junior M.A.F.I.A., Jones has been dropping incendiary verses on tracks since the Mid-90s. Her debut solo album, entitled Hard Core, went an RIAA-Certified double-platinum and had heads nodding coast-to-coast in synch with the likes of hit singles “Not Tonight” and “Crush On You.”
A clear distinction from her predecessors, Kim was arguably the first woman in Hip-Hop to use overt and graphic sexuality in her lyrics and presentation. Generational fans have noted just how influential her works have been to the current crop of female rappers, especially Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, and Nicki Minaj.
Truly, the comparisons coming to fore in the wake of the release of Cardi and Megan’s WAP video are incredibly timely. You can watch the video and draw a direct line in the celebration of female sexual prowess and power: the outfits, the choreography, the staging and set design, etc. etc. And perhaps most importantly: the lyrics. Even conservative media maven Ben Shapiro knows what the acronym stands for.
i’m obsessed with the ben sharpie remix it wap 🗿 pic.twitter.com/qdHN55D0TY— Take Me To The Lakes SUPREMACY (@immaciwiw) August 14, 2020
Opining in a recent interview, Fat Joe recently asked, “I always felt like you the blueprint…the DNA for it…do you feel like you get your flowers? Do you feel like you get your props?” The always boisterous Kim replied, “No. No. No, I don’t but that’s okay because I don’t want no flowers; I want some money. I want a check! I want f*ckin’ deposits! CASH ON DEMAND! C.O.D!”You know what I don’t like? I don’t like when people want to steal from me or do something from me, that’s when they give me my props, and they don’t really wanna come behind the scenes and show the love.”
Lil’ Kim talks about whether she feels she gets her props— Female Rap Room (@FemaleRapRoom) August 15, 2020
“I don’t like when people wanna do something from me and that’s when they give me my props, but they don’t come behind the scenes and show the love” pic.twitter.com/BamgVoO6BR
Fat Joe also asked for her thoughts on a “Ladies Night Part 2” but Kim frosted the idea. She felt that her talents are still as relevant as they ever were saying, “I’m like the queen of all queens. I didn’t evolve into a queen; I was already that when I came out- you know what I’m saying – at 17.”
Lil Kim thoughts on a “Ladies Night” remix:— GlockTopickz (@Glock_Topickz) August 15, 2020
“Why can’t the girls that been around be on a song with these new artist” pic.twitter.com/9lbcCLRASn
We hear you Kim. We hear you.