Biggie Smalls real name Christopher Wallace , who was a key figure in both her personal and artistic life, particularly after Wallace gained popularity and influence through his relationship with Bad Boy Records , founded by Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs.
Hale Vocational High School for two and a half years. Many of her friends also went there and she would often skip school to hang out with them. Since her school work wasn't being completed, the decision was made for her to transfer to Brooklyn College Academy to finish her remaining year and half of school.
The group's first and only album, Conspiracy , was released to mediocre reviews and moderate sales on August 29, and debuted at number eight on the U. Billboard chart, selling 69, copies in its first week of release. Wallace wrote and ghostwrote most of the album's material. Hard Core and The Notorious K. After a year with Junior M.
The song was part of the soundtrack to the Martin Lawrence movie Nothing to Lose , nominated for a Grammy Award, and certified platinum. Records , activist C. Delores Tucker criticized the label "for producing this filth," referring to perceived graphic sexual content in Lil' Kim's lyrics, and labeling them "gangsta porno rap".
Diddy's "No Way Out" tour. From to , Lil' Kim continued her road to stardom under the management of B. The album marked a new image and revamped look for the rapper. The song was recorded for the Moulin Rouge! The song also went to number 1 in 50 countries around the world. This was a big accomplishment for female rap, as well as for Lil' Kim, who scored her first number 1 Hot hit[ citation needed ] and became the second solo female rapper in history to hit number one on the Billboard Hot charts.
It was released in Switzerland , Austria and Germany only. The song was successful, becoming Lil' Kim's third consecutive top 10 hit in Germany after her number 5 hit "Lady Marmalade". The single was released on WWE Anthology, a compilation of entrance theme music to various professional wrestling superstars.
It debuted at number 5 on the Billboard , selling , copies in its first week,  giving Lil' Kim her second consecutive top 5 album. The album received generally positive reviews from critics, receiving a score of 65 on Metacritic. Cheeks , peaked at number 16 on the Billboard Hot Follow up single, " Magic Stick ", featuring 50 Cent, peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot , staying there for three weeks.
The song never had a commercial release or a music video, but was successful due to high radio airplay, peaking at number one on the Billboard Airplay chart. The album was certified platinum in the US,  selling over 1. Lil' Kim herself was a guest speaker at the school. Professor Thomas considered Lil' Kim's lyrics "the art with the most profound sexual politics I've ever seen anywhere.
Lil' Kim provided voice-overs for her part in the storyline, where the player may fight an opponent to have Lil' Kim as their girlfriend.
The show never made it to air. On March 17, , Lil' Kim was convicted of three counts of conspiracy and one count of perjury for lying to a Federal grand jury about her and her friends' involvement in a shooting outside the Hot 97 studios in Manhattan. A, she testified not to have known they were at the scene. This directly contravened testimony before the grand jury. Jackson was sentenced, in U. District Court , to twelve years in federal prison as part of plea bargain in which he admitted to firing at least twenty rounds during the incident.
The length of the sentence was said to have been influenced by his previous gun-related convictions. She was released on July 3, , after serving approximately 12 months. The Naked Truth and Ms. It earned her a 5 mic rating from The Source, making her the only female rapper to ever receive a 5 mic rating.
The album debuted at number 6 on the Billboard chart, selling , copies in its first week of release,  giving Lil' Kim her third top 10 debut on the chart. She said that her prison sentence left her with no time to promote the project. The single also reached number. The second single, "Whoa" was released on February 17, It reached number 22 on Airplay.
Countdown to Lockdown , which was filmed before Lil' Kim headed to prison. The show became the highest rated premiere in BET history, averaging 1.
The song was available for free from her official website. The Dance Remixes, her first compilation album was released on June 6, A limited pressing released only in the US, it received no promotion, due to Lil' Kim being in prison at the time of release, and failed to chart. Girlicious in and as a judge. In January , Lil' Kim announced that she had parted ways with Atlantic Records, choosing to release future projects independently.
She stated she had no hard feelings towards Atlantic but felt more comfortable in her knowledge of the music business to do it alone. Lil' Kim appeared in the music video that was released on the same day.
The song samples "Computer Love" by Zapp. Lil' Kim appeared on the eighth season of reality series Dancing with the Stars , which began airing on March 9, She was paired with professional dancer Derek Hough until the dance couple was eliminated on May 5, against Ty Murray and his partner Chelsie Hightower , putting her at fifth place from all thirteen contestants that season.
Her elimination was met by many boos from the audience, as she was a consistent high-scorer and a fan favorite. It took her across the US, as well as Canada and Europe. Lil' Kim released her second mixtape, Black Friday , on February 14, The video for the title track was released on February 16, The mixtape received mostly negative reviews from critics.
It was made available for purchase via PayPal. The song, which samples The Notorious B. Her vocals were then removed fully due to contractual issues with B. It marked the first time the pair had performed the song together. She also announced that she would release an EP, but it was later shelved for unknown reasons.
Hardcore Mixtape and Lil' Kim Season In the summer of , Lil' Kim began recording material for her fifth studio album, as a restriction banning her from releasing new material as a result of her settlement with Trackmasters was lifted. In March , during an interview with MTV's Sucker Free , Lil' Kim revealed that contract issues with production duo Trackmasters were the reason behind her album delay, saying " Lil' Kim first mentioned the song during an interview with MTV's RapFix, saying "I have a song with another celebrity person that I know the world and my fans are gonna love It's vintage Kim mixed with the new Kim.
Lil' Kim also commented on the direction of her music, saying she was in "Kanye West mode", adding " You do whatever you want to do To make up for not releasing the mixtape, Lil' Kim released the singles "Dead Gal Walking" and "Kimmy Blanco" to the public, along with the track list.
On August 2, , Lil' Kim announced via her Twitter page that she would be launching a concert tour to promote her forthcoming Hard Core Mixtape. But, I think we're going to do a double release. Fifth studio album In February , Lil' Kim announced via her Instagram account and a Billboard interview that she is working on a new album set to be released in She became the first and only rapper to endorse the brand to date.
The rapper also modeled for the urban fashion line Baby Phat in August In March , Lil' Kim, along with several other artists, featured in a commercial for Apple 's Mac computers. It highlighted how users can burn custom CD's on their Mac. In , it was announced that Lil' Kim would launch a designer watch collection, titled Royalty by Lil' Kim. Fight for NY which she was featured in. That same year Lil' Kim was featured as a character in the limited edition comic book "The Heist".
The book was a collaboration between Marvel and Atlantic Records. Each artist was approached by contestants to donate a "personal experience" to be auctioned off for charity through music channel Fuse 's "Daily Download" program with proceeds going to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
All designs from the show were auctioned off online following the event with a portion of the proceeds going to AIDS United. The pair met at the Empire Roller Skating rink in Brooklyn. After a couple of months of seeing each other, Powell was arrested for robbery and was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison. Jones and Powell continued their relationship with Jones visiting frequently and also kept in touch by writing letters to each other.
The couple also became engaged while he was incarcerated. During this time was when Jones met Christopher Wallace, and with wanting to focus on starting her rap career the engagement was eventually called off and the couple split. On July 23, , Jones was arrested for possession of marijuana after police raided the Teaneck, New Jersey home of Wallace. The arrest came after police smelt marijuana inside the home when they went to ask for someone to move an illegally parked car.
Jones denied she was smoking, claiming she was "upstairs all day sleeping". Jones decided not to keep the baby, telling The Source "I already knew the kind of relationship that Biggie and I had, and I knew that [having a child] was something that couldn't take place On March 17, , Teaneck police issued an arrest warrant after Jones failed to turn up to court dates stemming from her arrest.
It was during this time that Jones had been a victim of physical abuse. Jones also stated how she had to have multiple nose jobs due to being punched.