How much is Lil’ Kim worth?
|Net Worth:||$500 Thousand|
|Date of Birth:||July 11, 1974|
|Country:||United States of America|
Who Is Lil’ Kim
How did Lil’ Kim got rich and famous? Kimberly Denise Jones is a rapper and songwriter from America. She is famous for her explicit music lyrics and her sexually attractive image. She was born Brooklyn, New York as Kimberly Denise Jones.
Lil’ Kim was born in July 1975 to Ruby Mae Jones and Linwood Jones. Her parents later divorced when Kim was eight years old, and her father got custody. She began her schooling at Queen of All Saints Elementary School and later attended the Sarah J. Hale Vocational High School in Brooklyn. Kim went to Sarah J. Hale Vocational High School for less than 3 years then later she was transferred to Brooklyn College Academy for not being serious with her school work at her previous school.
Kim’s relationship with her father was brutal, and he kicked her out of their house. This misfortune led to her dropping out of school, and she started living in the streets as a teenage girl.
We calculate Lil’ Kim has a net worth of $500 thousand dollars, as of 2021. At one point Lil’ Kim was worth in excess of $15 million dollars but unfortunately for Kim in 2018 she had to file for bankruptcy with $4 million dollars of debt.
How did Lil’ Kim originally get rich?
Lil’ Kim joined the group M.A.F.I.A in 1994, and stopped having to work at department stores and running errands for drug dealers; she used to do whatever it took to survive. She earned far more money with the group than she had ever done before and that was just the beginning of her career.
Lil’ Kim’s success sprouted after her first album was released in 1996. It sold 78,000 copies in its first week and over 5 million worldwide. Her career really began to pay off as the album was received very well by the public. The album was at the top of the billboards top rap tracks chart at the time and made her millions of dollars.
Lil’ Kim later teamed up with Left Eye, Missy Elliot, Da Brat, and Angie Martinez to make a remix for “Not Tonight”, and the song was a top ten in the Billboard hot 100. In 1997, she later went ahead to promote the album by performing on P Diddy‘s tour that went through to 1998, and it was one of the highest-grossing tours ever.
Kim has had some major achievements throughout her music career. The most memorable one being her album Hard Core, which has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. It was certified gold and platinum in 1997 and later doubled platinum in 2001. The album’s lead single track “No Time” featuring P Diddy was certified gold by RIAA and the remix “Not Tonight” was certified platinum, nominated for a Grammy award and used as a part of the soundtrack to the movie Nothing to Lose. In 1998, Kim opened her label, Queen Bee Entertainment and she modeled for many fashion and pop culture companies.
After leaving the group M.A.F.I.A in 2001, Lil’ Kim continued to earn money as guest performer on several R&B albums; yet her career went majorly downhill in recent years. No one knew how bad her financial troubles were however, until June 12, 2018, Lil’ Kim filed for bankruptcy. In turned out that she was owing $667,000 in late mortgage payments causing her to lose her $3 million dollar mansion in New Jersey to foreclosure. She also owed over $1.5 million in federal income taxes and after everything was said and done had a total of $4 million dollars in debt. It turns out that her career had slowed down so much that in 2016 she earned $823,000 and just $398,000 in 2017.
Why is she so famous?
Lil’ Kim met Christopher Wallace famously know as Notorious B.I.G by chance in the streets, and after doing an unrehearsed freestyle rap, he was convinced that she could become a rapper. Lil’ Kim joined the group M.A.F.I.A in 1994, she was still just a teenager at the time, and this became the stepping stone to her career.
She was introduced to the world with the single “player’s anthem” by the group M.A.F.I.A. Kim began her solo career after collaborating for a year with the group M.A.F.I.A. Wallace encouraged Kim to create an image that revolved around sex appeal. He helped her to reveal an overt sexual interest, and this style would be dubbed “gangster porno rap.”
She began by being a guest performer on R&B albums, and later in November 1996, her first album Hard Core was released. She rose to fame when her album became the highest grossing first appearance for a female album at the time, and it placed at number 11 on the billboard 200. As well as third on the billboard’s top R&B albums. She is known for her fearless promiscuous image, her raw flow, and her music’s suggestive lyrics.
What makes her so successful?
The reason Lil’ Kim became a successful female rapper with three platinum-certified studio albums is because of her unique image, her raw flow, and her hard work. Her album Hard Core portrayed a gangster porno rap style that, although was criticized by some, it went mainstream and is an image that many other female rappers use successfully today. In fact, it was a core influence for rap star Nicki Minaj.
Her next album, The Notorious Kim that was released in June 2000, gave a new and improved image of Kim, and the songs were generally received well by listeners. Kim was successful in the early 2000s because as much as she was a hard worker, she was willing to team up with other talents that saw her make significant accomplishments.
Despite coming from a broken family, Kim defeated all odds and became a successful female rapper. Her music is known to promote sex-positive feminism. The late Notorious B.I.G was a significant contribution to her career and personal life, and she was greatly affected by his death.
Since rising to fame in 1994, she has made significant achievements. Her album “Hard Core” is a known classic hip-hop album. She was the first female American rapper to have her song top the Billboard chart, Kim is one of the best MCs of her time, and she was ranked one of the greatest women in music.
Although her music has been the primary source of her income, Lil’ Kim has been involved in fashion endorsements, cosmetic endorsements, modeling, among others. After releasing her third album in 2003, success followed her till 2005 when she was convicted for perjury. While serving her sentence, her fourth album was released in September 2005, which earned her a five mic rating and she became the first female rapper to receive it.
After serving a sentence, Kim’s career hit a low note, but later her first mixtape was out in 2008, and it acted like her come back. In 2010, she did her first tour since 2000, and Kim released her second mixtape in 2011 however it was not well received. The 2010s weren’t good for the talented rapper and in 2018 she was forced into bankruptcy.
However Lil’ Kim has since made a come back with her fifth album, 9, coming out in 2019.