Fresh off the heels of receiving her “I Am Hip-Hop” Award from BET, Lil Kim has been heating up with her press run to promote her new forthcoming album, 9. The album is her first release in 14 years.

The Queen Bee recently sat down with BUILD, where she talked about the process of creating 9, why she waited to so long to drop another album, and who she would “pass the baton” to in regards to new women rappers.

“I would leave that to Cardi. Cardi said she wanted to do something like that, so let her pick. She’s got the crown,” Lil Kim said after she was asked who she would pick to do a new version of her Grammy Award-winning collaboration “Lady Marmalade.”

When she first sat down, a few fans in the audience bowed and she said, “You guys are amazing,” before talking about receiving her prestigious award from BET.

“I am Hip-Hop. That means the whole world,” said Lil Kim. “That’s a big big compliment to me. And it’s funny to me because a BET Award is the only award that I don’t have,” Lil Kim explained before trying to figure out whether or not the only other award that she didn’t have was either a Billboard or American Music award.

Kim then spoke about how she feels in regard to her influence.

“Oh my goodness, no! I still can’t believe it. Even when I was doing the colored hair. I was just having fun because my father would not let me dye my hair. Even when I was in high school, I had to hide what I was doing to my hair,” she said before sharing what her most iconic look was.

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Lil Kim poses in the pressroom at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards in New York City, 9/9/99.

“The purple VMA pastie. I think that’s the most iconic look. The Louis Vuitton. If I had to pick three, it would be the purple pastie, the Louis Vuitton, and the open leg bikini leopard Hard Core poster,” she said before talking about her new upcoming album.

“I have a part two that’s coming to 9. And so on that album, it will be another good mixture. I have a surprise onthere for my fans. It’s like a certain type of song that they’ve been asking for for a long time,” Lil Kim said before giving a hint of the surprise and quoting Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow.” “Bloody shoes!” Kim sang before bursting into laughter.



Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.

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