At only 4’11’’ the Queen Bee is a formidable female rapper. But there was a time when she didn’t have a roof over her head. After Lil Kim’s parents split up she ended up living with her dad. As a rebellious teen, she got sick of her father’s strict rules and ran away from home. Kim lived with friends, drug-dealing boyfriends, and, occasionally, on the streets. After meeting the man who would become her mentor, Notorious B.I.G, she cleaned up her act. It was Notorious B.I.G. who helped launch her musical career.
Queen Bee Records
The first single from the album, “No Time” a duet with Sean “Puffy” Combs, became a #1 rap single and #20 on the pop charts and she had a top ten single with “Not Tonight”. She performed in Puff Daddy’s successful 1998 “Bad Boy Tour”, and built her own business as the CEO of Queen Bee Records. After a meteoric rise, she fell on hard times once again and filed for bankruptcy in June 2018. Kim lost her $3 million dollar mansion in New Jersey to foreclosure. She reportedly owes $1.5 million in back taxes to the federal government and $667,000 in late mortgage payments.