Lil Kim Undressed
Kimberly Denise Jones (born July 11, 1975), more popularly known as Lil' Kim and by the nickname Queen Bee, is an American rap artist, known for her bold lyrics, boundary-pushing attire, and raunchy style that has set the pace for many female rappers to come.
Lil' Kim was born in Brooklyn in New York City, New York to Linwood and Ruby Mae Jones. She received the nickname of "Lil" due to her petite 4'11" frame by the Notorious B.I.G. At the age of nine, her parents separated, which marked the beginning of a tumultuous and often difficult lifestyle.
Christopher Jones (Kim's brother) confirmed that Kim and their father would get in physical fights. He said, "You'd be walking down the street and you'd see this lil body flying acrosss the couch. I even saw when she was about to stab him. The relationship really got out of hand." Her father soon remarried forcing them to move down south. Kim's father told her she couldn't come. So she'd occassionally have to stay at friends houses or sleep with men for money. However, while in her late teens, her rhyming skills came to the attention of rapper Christopher Wallace (a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G.) who had just signed a record deal with Bad Boy Records. During the first several years of their relationship, Biggie & Kim would engage in physical altercations.
On March 17, 2005, Kim was found guilty of conspiracy and perjury for lying to a grand jury about her friends' involvement in a 2001 shooting outside the Hot 97 studios in Manhattan — involving the entourage of rap duo Capone-N-Noreaga and her reported fellow Brooklynite rival Foxy Brown. She claimed not to have known that her manager (Damion Butler), and another friend (Suif “Gutta” Jackson) were at the scene, despite video footage showing all three exiting the building. Both men have pleaded guilty to gun charges since. In July 2005 she was sentenced to have to serve one-year-and-a-day in the Philadelphia Detention Center. She had requested to go to a camp center in Connecticut to be closer to her mother. Her lawyer stated that, "A year and a day is actually less than a year sentence, because according to federal sentencing guidelines if there's an extra day time is credited to you". A parole bill was filed that reduced her sentence. During her sentence she has written over 40 songs.