Happy Birthday Queen Bee: 7 Rappers Lil Kim Paved The Way For

Happy birthday, Lil Kim!

The OG “Queen Bee” in the rap world turns 47 today (July 11), proving that time has been nothing but kind to the Hard Core hitmaker. Her career reads as illustrious as they come in hip-hop: trained under the eye of The Notorious B.I.G., originator of the sexually empowered era of women in rap and first-of-her-kind when it came to fashion. In short — no, not a reference to her famous 4’11 frame! — the Brooklyn native has done a lot for the female hip-hop game and where it’s at today.

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To see artists like Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion all have dominating careers in hip-hop is an amazing sight to see, and each of those aforementioned queens and a handful of others have brought a type of energy to their artistry that immediately feels borrowed from the house that “Notorious K.I.M.” built.

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As we celebrate the original Queen Bee of hip-hop’s birthday today, take a look at 7 careers Lil Kim gave “birth” to — OK, or in other words that won’t cause a stan war, owe a debt to her in some way, shape or certainly fashion:

 

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