Lil Kim calls Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg to promote her new artist, Tiffany Fox.
It was all smiles and laughs in the beginning between Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg and female rapper Tiffany Fox, that is until Lil Kim called in after a long night at the studio to answer some questions.
Rosenberg fairly warned her “Now Kim, you know I would never give you a hard time,” following up with his second question (around 2:16) regarding Lil Kim’s status with Nicki Minaj, which Queen B didn’t take kindly to.
“Let me tell you something. I’m about to shut you down right now,” Kim stated.
The immediate response from Rosenberg was, “Oh God.”
Although Kim was very serious in her tone when she stated that bringing up other people’s ‘drama’ or ‘situations’ takes the light away from female artists and takes away their “nice shot.”
There were no hard feelings after as Rosenberg got another quick question in before Lil Kim had to hang up and turn the tables to the St. Louis native Tiffany Foxx who ended the session talking on her track “Twisted,” Miley Cyrus and a dope, but graphic, freestyle.
Even though M.I.A. was well along with her pregnancy with her son, she joined Hip Hop’s “Rap Pack” to perform one of the biggest hits that received some serious radio play for 2008-2009.
7. 2006: Gorillaz, De La Soul, Madonna – “Feel Good Inc./Hung Up”
As is Gorillaz fashion, they showed up in full virtual form with De La Soul in the flesh to do their verses. But then Madonna surprised us with her short cameo as an on screen video before coming on stage for “Hung Up.” This was all before holograms were cool at Coachella, kids.
6. 2002: Christina Aguilera ft. Pink, Lil Kim, Mya, Patti LaBelle – “Lady Marmalade”
With a clever introduction by Jon Stewart, one of the more sultry performances to date kicked off with an all star cast for a song off the soundtrack to Moulin Rouge. And you know Missy Elliott had to make a cameo right before Ms. Patti LaBelle came to shut it down.
5. 2001: Eminem & Elton John – “Stan”
On the heels of backlash from critics that Eminem was homophobic and misogynistic, Elton John, who had been a fan of Eminem’s work, joined him on stage for “Stan.” The mutual respect between the two was apparent and Eminem flipped off the audience at the end to show that he couldn’t care less for the haters.
4. 2006: Kanye West ft. Jamie Foxx – “Gold Digger”
Who doesn’t like a good marching band showdown? And then followed by a step battle? All led by Kanye West and Jamie Foxx? ‘Nuff said.
3. 1988: Michael Jackson – “The Way You Make Me Feel/Man in the Mirror”
It was no question when Michael Jackson took to the stage, everyone was quiet and watched. And the same went for this phenomenal showcase of how he earned the title of the King of Pop.
What made this so special was Beyonce’s opening homage to some of the female greats to record as a singer, all as a part of an introduction for Tina Turner. Ms. Turner then came on stage to sing “What’s Love Got to Do with It” and “Better Be Good to Me” before Beyonce joined her on stage for “Proud Mary.” To see two artists from different eras but uniquely talented in their own rights sing together created a moment bigger than the performance.
1. 2005: Kanye West, John Legend, Mavis Staples, Blind Boys of Alabama – “Jesus Walks”
We all know Kanye is one for the theatrics but this one really outdoes the rest. John Legend and Mavis Staples are backed by the Blind Boys of Alabama for “I’ll Take You There,” which led into a classic church scene on stage for Kanye to die and rise again on. But before his resurrection, John Legend and the Blind Boys of Alabama soulfully sing the hymn, “I’ll Fly Away,” which was of course featured on Kanye’s ‘College Dropout.’ Kanye really spread his wings that year, not just with the angel wings at the end of the performance, but with his first two Grammy wins with Best Rap Album of the Year (College Dropout) and Best Rap Song (“Jesus Walks”).
The young, talented, and beautiful Lola Monroe, aka Queen Roe, gives @TheSource another exclusive video look into her life. Taylor Gang’s first lady shows off her Ethiopian-meets-American swag with the visuals to her remiXX of A.$.A.P. Rocky’s track “Goldie.” With her latest video, she remains true to herself and the DMV district, as she continues to flood The Source with her #MonroeMonday exclusives. Watch Lola transform into her Queen Roe persona and go ham in the video below.
Put ya’ lighters up and light the candles for Lil Kim’s 36th birthday. The Queen Bee, who began rapping in the early ‘90s, gained notoriety for her album Hard Core released in 1996 for her raunchy lyrics and undeniable delivery.
Kim’s style, on and off the mic, paved the way for female rappers to follow. Lil Kim, whose lyrics matched her flashy attire, turned the tables for female rappers, being featured on male rapper’s songs such tracks as the Junior M.A.F.I.A.’s debut single “Player’s Anthem”
Lil Kim single handedly converted the image of the female rapper with her ever changing, eye-dropping style. Her unique, yet risque fashion and hairstyles certify her an international trendsetter. The Source wishes Kim a Happy Birthday as we anticipate just what the Queen will do next!
Today is the one and only Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott’s birthday. To honor her we’ve put together an essential Spotify playlist for her and her fans to honor her legacy in the game as well as her more recent work.
A representative for Lil Kim is denying that the rapper made any statements dissing Drake for his alleged role in last Wednesday’s bottle-throwing incident with Chris Brown.
Lil Kim supposedly stated, Drake’s a bottom – y’all know what I mean when I say that. He’s an instigator, and a p****. He had no issue stepping to Lil Kim, I’m like five feet tall. But he didn’t try stepping to Chris, a man, because he’s simply a coward.”
Kim’s publicist is saying that Kim did not make any statements regarding Drake and that the quote from Kim published in the Phoenix Times was fictitious and that Lil Kim had never interviewed with the publication.
“My client did not participate in any interview with the Phoenix Times or anyone else for that matter. As Kim’s publicist, I oversee all media matters and have never arranged anything with the Phoenix Times. Please disregard this nonsense and any other foolishness.”
While Lil Kim’s rep denies the most recent shots at Drake, there was no rescindment in the rapper’s 2010 comments criticizing Drake for siding with fellow YMCMB rapper Nicki Minaj during her conflict with Lil Kim. Check out the full story at CBS News.
The power of the word has always been golden in Hip-hop. Now in a age where lyricism is taking a back seat to celebrity, The Source bring you the Top 50 lyricists of all time in an effort to put some focus back on the art form.
Make no mistake. This is not your hottest list. Some of the rappers you will read about haven’t had a hit record in over 20 years. Herein lies a testament to lyricism, a a foundational element that MCing was built on. Truth is, it’s make a comeback, sso we’ve decided to pay homage to the rappers who have shaped lyrism over the year. Judging these MC’s (who are required to have released at least two albums in their career) in the categories of sentient, scope, depth, and of course, wordplay. The Source voted on over a hundred MC’s to come up with the 50 best the game has EVER had to offer.
Pick up the latest issue of The Source (Slaughterhouse/Beastie Boys Covers) when it hits stands June 26th nationwide to find out where the following MC’s landed in slots 36-50.
Touching down in the Bronx’s Paradise Theater and in Albany’s Northern Lights, the Queen Bee took the stage for two sold out crowds and delivered a set full of her greatest hits, ranging from her iconic debut to her recent string of mixtapes.
Kim danced her way through a handful of songs, interacting with her always-loyal fans who sang along word for word. Everyone was on their feet, some standing on chairs, to cheer on the pint size icon at her long awaited return to the stage.
The tour, which is billed as “Lil Kim & Friends”, lived up to that name. Aside from opening acts Cassidy, Papoose and Saigon, Fred the Godson and Juelz Santana also made guest appearances. But it was the women of hip-hop who came out in drones to show their support. Missy Elliott and Eve took the stage with Kim night one to perform their 1999 hit “Hot Boyz”, while Pepa, Babs Bunny and Somaya Reece kicked it backstage, with Babs re-emerging night two to join Kim as she performed her 2005 single “Lighters Up”. Drita D’avanzo from Mobb Wives even hopped on stage, firing through Kim’s verse on “All About The Benjamin’s”, as an excited Kim watched.
She also treated fans to an afterparty hosted Friday night in NYC’s Culture Club before hopping in her tour bus and heading up to Albany.
Putting to rest the thought that women in hip-hop just can’t get along, Kim confirmed that she’s already got a record in the bag with Eve and Missy and is still working on her documentary and book.
Make sure you check out Kim when her tour resumes in Vermont.