As one of our favorite female rappers, Lil Kim has been in the rap game for over 10 years. Always repping Booklyn and holding Biggie down , she was the first lady of Junior M.A.F.I.A..
P-Diddy, known as Puff Daddy at the time, would not sign Lil Kim because he didn’t believe a female rapper could be capable of reaching "platinum status." However, In 1994, Biggie signed Lil' Kim to Bad Boy and Arista Records. Later, he signed Kim to Undeas and Big Beat Records to be a background singer until he realized she had talent. She launched her solo career in 1996 and released her first album, "Hardcore" the same year. It's a good thing that Biggie believed in Kim, because the album was a huge success and paved the way for the younger generation of female rappers like Iggy Azalea and Nicki Minaj.
In honor of our ride or die Queen we have picked our top 5 favorite songs from her first album Hard Core.