When looking back on the artists that impacted and defined music and pop culture in the '90s, Lil' Kim is near the top of the list. Making her entrance in the rap game under the tutelage of The Notorious B.I.G., the Bed-Stuy bombshell became an overnight sensation as the breakout member of Junior M.A.F.I.A., resulting in the demand for her own solo album. Unleashing her debut album, Hardcore, in 1996, Lil' Kim was instantly regarded as a style icon and rated as one of the leading ladies in rap. Mixing sex appeal with lyrical guile, the pint-sized femme fatale dominated rap with a string of platinum albums and hit singles, resulting in many crowning her as one of the greatest rappers of all-time.
While her success and distinction as one of the greatest women to ever pick up a mic cannot be denied, Lil' Kim's story also includes its fair share of drama, dating back to the beginning of her career. When you're at the top of your game, competition and rivalries are bound to occur, and Lil' Kim was not immune to that reality. However, she has proved to be more than up to the challenge, engaging in warfare and taking all comers, even to this day. From her longstanding feud with fellow Brooklynite Foxy Brown to recent spats with stars like Nicki Minaj, Lil' Kim has never been one to shy away from confrontation and has risen to the occasion, win, lose or draw.
After taking a trip down memory lane, The Boombox decided to look back on the Queen Bee's most notorious beefs and the story behind them.