Grammy Award-winning Lil’ Kim is known as the “Queen Bee” for a good reason: she is one of the most famous female rappers of all time. Now she’s coming here to Florida to perform some of her biggest hits! Her first stop will be at The Manor (2345 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors), where she will be the headlining performer at The Manor’s big fifth anniversary party. She will be performing starting at Saturday, October 4, with opener DJ Monty Q starting at 9 p.m. The next week, she will be helping Orlando “come out with pride” at Parliament House Resort (410 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando), where she will be taking the stage on Saturday, October 11, at approximately 12:45 a.m. after the Footlight Players show.
Lil’ Kim, real name Kimberly Denise Jones, was born and raised in Brooklyn. Particularly talented in freestyle rap, Lil’ Kim was first noticed back in 1994 by the late Notorious B.I.G., who signed her on as a featured artist with his group Junior M.A.F.I.A. Her first solo album, “Hard Core,” was released in 1996 and became a crossover success: it produced three #1 rap singles, “No Time,” “Crush on You,” and “Not Tonight,” the last of which being a Top Ten pop hit. She became the first female rapper to have three consecutive #1 hits on the rap charts. She would go on to have three consecutive #1 rap albums, becoming only the second female rapper to achieve that feat (after Missy Elliott).
In 2001, Lil’ Kim was one of the featured artists that recorded a cover of the Labelle hit “Lady Marmalade,” part of the soundtrack to the film Moulin Rouge. It reached #1 on the pop charts and earned her a Grammy Award. Since 2008 she has produced and released her own music independently. Her most recent mixtape was released on her website last month. A longtime supporter of gay rights, she has headlined gay pride festivals in New York City, Los Angeles and Atlanta, to name a few.
Tickets are available for both engagements online and in person. Lil’ Kim is featuring a meet and greet option with autograph and photo op in both Wilton Manors and in Orlando. The Wilton Manors meet and greet costs $100 and can be purchased online at showclix.com/event/lilkimpresalemeetgreet. The Orlando meet and greet also costs $100 and can be purchased by going to the Lil’ Kim event page at parliamenthouse.com. General admission tickets cost $15 for both engagements.