The rapper actress who became known as Lil' Kim created a huge achievement by having her solo debut album, Hard Core, selling more than 500,000 copies in 1997 and being certified as a gold recording on Jan. 6, 1997.
The Hard Core album went on to be certified double platinum and included three consecutive No. 1 rap hits, including “No Time,” “Not Tonight (Ladies Night Remix)” and “Crush on You.” It was a record for a female rapper. Her forthcoming albums, The Notorious K.I.M. and La Bella Mafia, were certified platinum, making her the only female rapper to have at least three platinum albums other than Missy Elliott.
Born as Kimberly Denise Jones in Brooklyn, Lil' Kim would become known for her freestyle rap. She got her start after performing a freestyle for the Notorious B.I.G. in 1995 and became a member of his group Junior M.A.F.I.A. That group’s debut recording generated three hit singles.
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