Net Worth $18 million
Lil Kim is an American Hip-Hop artist and model. She is 4’11″ and weighs 120 pounds. Kimberly Denise Jones was born July 11, 1975 in Brooklyn, New York. Her parents placed Kim in Catholic school to provide a great learning environment for her. However, Kim’s parents divorced when she was nine. She was forced to live with her father. Kim and her father did not get along at all. At one point he angered her to the point that she stabbed him with a pair of scissors. By the age of sixteen Kim quit school and moved out of her father’s home.
Once she was on her own, Kim started to hang out with some neighborhood friends and they formed a hip-hop group called Junior M.A.F.I.A. The group was under the leadership of the hip-hop icon Biggie Smalls. Lil Kim was introduced to the world on their single “Player’s Anthem” . The world was enamored with the ferocious and highly sexual petite little rapper. The group’s first and only album Conspiracy (1995) reached number eight on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. The album went Gold per RIAA standards.
In 1996, Lil Kim debuted her first solo album Hard Core. The raunchy content and Kim’s lyrical wordplay won over the masses. Audiences were accustomed to the conscious raps about female empowerment from MC Lyte and Queen Latifah, so Kim’s gritty style made her an instant star. Hard Core reached number three on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart and became certified double platinum.
A year after the success of Kim’s debut album, her mentor Biggie Smalls was shot and killed in Los Angeles, California. This left Kim confused and frustrated about how to move forward with her career. She began working heavily with Biggie’s right-hand man Sean “Puffy” Combs. Kim’s sophomore album The Notorious K.I.M. was released in 2000. The album reached platinum status and was well received by audiences and critics. A year later, Kim remade Patti Labelle’s “Lady Marmalade” with Christina Aguilera, Pink, and Mya for the Moulin Rouge soundtrack. The song was a hit and reached number one on music charts and it also won a Grammy award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
In 2003, Kim released La Bella Mafia which featured collaborations with Missy Elliott, Timbaland, and Kanye West. The album debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 chart. The album reached platinum status as well, selling over 1.1 million copies in the United States alone. Lil Kim has sold over $65 million records worldwide, making her the best-selling female rap artist of all time.