Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Wednesday night, “Rap star Lil’ Kim was nominated for a Vibe Award, but she can’t be there because she’s in prison. Here’s the amazing thing. In prison, she’s surrounded by more rap stars than she would be at the Vibe Awards.”
Lil’ Kim is speaking to us for the first time from behind prison bars after entiring a federal prison in Philadelphia last Monday. The rapper’s statement, through her attorney, said, “I want all my friends, family and fans to know that I am in good spirits and I will be fine… Contrary to the rumors, I am in general population at FDC and I have adjusted to the facility and to my fellow inmates who are all cool people. Each day, I read, sharpen my focus and grow. Of course, I wish I could be out to celebrate the release of my new album this week, “The Naked Truth,” but instead, I am looking to take advantage of this time to work on my personal development.”
Media members gather outside the Federal Detention Center where Lil’ Kim began serving a one year prison sentence on September 19th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Check out pictures from GettyImages.
Fredro Star, Mary J. Blige, Mashonda, Swizz Beatz, and Zab Judah were on hand for Lil’ Kim’s farewell dinner on September 18th at Mr. Chow and party at PM in New York City before she began serving her 366 day prison sentence. Check out pictures from WireImage.
Jailed rapper Lil’ Kim is out with the video to her new single ‘Lighters Up’, from the album ‘The Naked Truth’. Watch it via Blastro below.
The New York Daily News reports crew members who worked furiously on last-minute Lil’ Kim music videos before she went to prison Monday are fuming that their paychecks have bounced. The jailed rapper’s publicist, Ronn Torossian, said she’s not guilty on this charge. “Lil’ Kim has nothing at all to do with any of this,” Torossian said. “This (May 3rd Films) is an independent company Kim contracted to do her videos, and she knows nothing about this. It’s a big surprise and disappointment to us.”
DJ Kay Slay and Lil’ Kim were on hand for Maino’s video shoot for ‘Stomp’ on September 17th at various locations in New York City. Check out pictures from WireImage.
With Lil’ Kim entering prison today to serve 366 days for perjury and conspiracy, The New York Daily News reports that some are questioning the rapper’s 5 mic score in The Source for her latest effort ‘The Naked Truth’. “Everybody knows the only way to get five mics at The Source is to pay for it by taking out an enormous amount of ads or by hooking up with Dave Mays,” joked one music industry insider. Those in the know are pointing at Kim’s manager, Hillary Weston, who has been in a longstanding romantic relationship with Source founder and CEO Dave Mays.
In an interview with Newsweek before she heads to prison today, Lil’ Kim complained about how she was betrayed by friends and were the cause of her conviction on perjury and conspiracy charges. “What happened to me wasn’t fair,” the rapper insisted. “And a lot of people let me down. A lot of people I thought were my friends turned on me—but I’m still blessed. I’ve never been the person to turn on my friends. That’s just not who I am.” The full story at msnbc.msn.com has since been removed.
Blender caught up with Lil’ Kim for a Q&A and asked the rapper if there will every be justice served in Biggie’s murder. “Let’s hope and pray,” she said. “Honestly – me, myself – I’m a strong believer that when someone is murdered, you never really get to the bottom of it. Especially when almost a decade has come to pass and you still haven’t found the killer. I feel you may never really get the person that pulled the trigger. I just want him to rest in peace.”