HAPPY BIRTHDAY QUEEN B!!!!!
Originally born and raised in the Bed-Stuy area in Brooklyn, NY Lil’ Kim would catch flame in the music industry in 1995 as the standout member of Biggie’s Junior M.A.F.I.A. crew. Only 20 at the time she recorded classic verses for “Get Money” and “Player’s Anthem.” Then came “No Time,” “Crush on You,” “Not Tonight (Ladies Night Remix),” and plenty of others. Reason Lil Kim was so appealing was due to her raw language, her verses featured a great degree of sexual autonomy that was rarely seen in mainstream Hip-Hop. Lil Kim was the pioneer for future female artist to be open about there sexuality and be unapologetic about it delivering slick-talk raps that were very taunting. Lil Kim’s legacy would open doors for female artist like Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, and most recently Megan Thee Stallion who is currently gaining steam with this particular style of rap.
In honor of her 45th birthday, here are our rankings of Lil’ Kim’s top songs.
10. “Not Tonight (Ladies Night Remix)” f/ Missy Elliott, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, Queen Latifah, Angie Martinez
An ode to Sisterhood “Not Tonight” was a highlight from Hard Core that really only became a classic thanks to its 1997 remix, that was featured off the soundtrack to a Martin Lawrence comedy.
9. “Magic Stick” f/ 50 Cent
Still maintaining a tight hold on her mainstream relevance in 2003 The Queen B would swap bars with than peaking success artist 50 Cent for The La Bella Mafia single which didn’t have a music video to support it, yet it still peaked at No. 2, becoming Lil’ Kim’s second best single, behind 2001’s star-studded “Lady Marmalade.”
8. Lady Marmalade ft. Christina Aguilera, Mya, Pink
Sharing her rap prowess around other great artist this Star-Studded Single which featured Mya, Pink, and Christina Aguilera would serves as her best single to date. Kim provided the raunchiness in this song to help give it a kick!
7. “No Time” f/ Puff Daddy
Zsa Zsa Gabor, Prada, and Mercedes-Benz were name brands mentioned by Lil’ Kim convincingly re-appropriating her idea of black wealth on this hit single. Puff Daddy at was center stage to help deliver Lil’ Kim’s most charismatic villainess bars.
6. “Quiet Storm (Remix)” Mobb Deep f/ Lil Kim
Teaming up with Rap’s anti-heroes “Mobb Deep” Lil Kim hopped on the remix for “Quiet Storm” to give the track a boost. Arguably one of her best guest appearances of her career the grit of Mobb Deep and Kim’s distilled charm meshed together for a track that’s still a banger in clubs today.
5. “No Matter What They Say”
One of the Queen B’s definitive songs this went on to establish Lil’ Kim as a genuine star, one who gets paid for laying in the shade to take pictures while drinking a glass of wine.
4. Mary J. Blige – I Can Love You (feat. Lil Kim)
The Aspiring Queen of R&B and Queen of Rap joined forces for this legendary vibe. The two Queen’s express their love to their boo, stating that they can love him better than his significant “other” ever would. Whoever that significant other may have been, they definitely did not have anything on the MARY J and the QUEEN B!
3. “Crush on You” f/ Lil Cease
Serving as the 2nd single off her debut album “Hard Core” Kim playfully wielded her sexuality. On the track Kim gets off her most memorable one-liners (“Imma throw shade if I can’t get paid”).
2. “Big Momma Thang” ft. Jay-Z and Lil Cease
The opening track of Hard Core amd Lil Kim wasted no time speaking her mind in the very first line “used to be scared of the dick,” before going on to say she handles it “Like a real bitch”. With one of the most hardcore entrance to a song for a Hip-Hop Star Lil Kim came into the game with something to prove.
“The Jump Off” ft. Mr. Cheeks
“It’s All About the Benjamins” Puffy Daddy f/ The Notorious B.I.G, Lil’ Kim, The LOX
“Get Money” The Notorious B.I.G f/ Lil Kim
“How Many Licks”
“Let It Go” Keyshia Cole ft Lil Kim
“Hit Em Wit Da Hee” Missy Elliot ft. Lil’ Kim
1. “Queen Bitch” f/ The Notorious B.I.G
Lil’ Kim’s unapologetic this is who I am record. The track was the battle cry that showcased how hardcore Kim’s delivery was despite the bars dropped by the Notorious B.I.G. and the lovely sample from Roberta Flack.