She worked with Puff Daddy on the album after collaborating with him during her hiatus in an attempt to stay connected to Biggie’s legacy. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart, was certified platinum and generally well received by audiences and critics alike.Guests included Grace Jones, Redman, Cee-Lo Green and Mary J. Lil' Kim’s celebrity status skyrocketed with her next project.She came from a broken home, and as a teenager had endured a violent relationship with her father.

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“You’d think it would get easier with time,” she said.

“But it doesn’t.”Kim’s next album, , wasn’t released until 2000 — nearly four years after her debut.

“Think about it,” she told the writer Kristal Brent Zook. I think doing photo shoots and seeing all the people respond to me has helped.

“The girls that [men] dated when I was younger were light-skinned and tall. [But] I still don’t see what they see.”Around the same time as Kim's debut, the public was introduced to another provocative female rapper by the name of Foxy Brown, whose debut album, Christopher Wallace discovered Kim and developed her as an artist —they became lovers too, though their relationship was far from exclusive: Wallace famously slept around.

Linwood, a former military man, had reportedly become physically abusive towards his wife — Kim told the Washington Post in 2000 that she remembered her mom having black eyes, and that “my father told people she had fallen.” (Linwood has never responded publicly to Kim’s allegations.)Kim moved with her mother and brother to suburban New Rochelle, NY, where some of the girls in their new, all-white neighborhood teased Kim about her skin color.

But Ruby Mae struggled for money and, unable to support her family, eventually granted Linwood custody of their two children.

She is one of only three female rappers to have three platinum albums — the others being Missy Elliott and Nicki Minaj.

And she is also the only female rapper to ever receive a coveted “5-mics” review from The Source magazine, for her acclaimed 2005 album — released while she was serving a jail sentence for perjury. Lil' Kim was born Kimberly Denise Jones on July 11, 1974 (some sources say 1975), in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York.

Even after she found success, the wounds seemed not to have entirely healed.