Lil’ Kim: “I’m Still Relevant”

Published: Monday 12th Jul 2010 by Sam

Despite calls to the contrary, Lil’ Kim is apparently still relevant – according to the rapper herself.

In a recent interview with Life Lounge, the 34 year old star states that she is still relevant and has remained so because of her ability to reinvent herself – something she feels artists of today need to do more.

Full story after the jump…

On Being Relevant

“I’m constantly growing, my album came out in ’97 but I started doing music in the early ‘90s. One reason that I’m still here and I’m still relevant to this day – probably even more relevant than a lot of new people who come into the industry – is because I know how to reinvent myself, I know how to change with the times.”

On Artists of Today

“I think that, no matter who you are these days; you could be young, you could be old, you could be new, you could be an artist that’s been in the industry for a minute, I think it’s all about a hot record these days, it’s different

I think that’s the only difference I could point out, you know, you could have a hot song back in the day but it may not break through. But now if you have a hot song – it doesn’t have to have a lot of thought behind it, it doesn’t have to be a deep record.

You don’t even have to be very talented as long as you come up with something that’s catchy and, you know, something that is now.”

Oh Kimberly! The jokes surely wrote themselves here: from the talk of Lil’ Kim and ‘reinvention’ to the sad reality of having to point out the fact that you’re still relevant (over folk just knowing it already). Not the business.

Still, from the standpoint of yours truly, Lil’ Kim will always be relevant, much in the way the stars of yesteryear who opened doors for the stars of today will be.

However, it’s increasingly seeming that she craves the brand of ‘relevant’ that the charting acts of today enjoy – a fact which is making her look somewhat silly with all these sound-bites as of late. In any case, perhaps actually releasing new material will garner her the sustained recognition she so clearly desires. Just a thought…

Randomness: (Hits ‘play’ on the ‘Naked Truth’ album. Classic)

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  1. Kim July 12, 2010

    What has this woman done to her face??? She looks awful, I didnt even know it was her. Its so sad that she had to get all this plastic sugery. She was so beautiful before. Now her face looks weird. Sam shut the f*** up Kim is a very good female rapper and is still relevant, in fact shes the best in my opinion. Yes everyone has a opinion about someone, but your website is bias. What she needs to do is release some new catchy music and she be back again. Shes right music today is different to the 90’s and early 2000’s. People listen to a load of rubbish now days all it has to be is catchy. If you look in the charts all you have is Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Justin bieber and many more artist who have no talent in the top ten.

  2. royalkev July 12, 2010

    Kim is relevant? … This girl has “lil” success compared to Missy, Queen Latifah, Mc Lyte and Eve. These women have tackled music, television and film… amongst other things. I’d say that’s reinvention. Kim faded once Biggie was no longer writing her rhymes. She flopped her way out the business a long time ago!

  3. The truth July 12, 2010

    Unfortunatey Lil Kim is living in a dream world, once she was hot now she aint, its that simple, if she focused on the mic instead of trying to morph into Pamela Anderson, now Kim Kardashian, then she wouldnt have to be claiming her relevance, just ask Christina Aguilera, once she was hot but taking advantage of staying away form the game to long,and throwing shade at her contempories like Gaga, BRITNEY ETC . DID NOT DO HER FAVOURS.Fans are fickle these days they are nothing but a bunch of glory hunters, they stans for sucess not the actual artist, Xtinas stans thought she was gonna slay but look what happened, critics thought JLOS latest film would flop, but its at 75 million worldwide, did you see her explaining her relevance, no she just keeps doing her thing, and lil Lim should just do her thing, shut the haters up with your work , then you can back up your comments about being relevant

  4. GangsterA July 12, 2010

    Keep the dream alive….loser the only thing that made pepole talk about you for 14 sec is nicki minaj keep dissin her while shes shitin in youre face relevan my ass

  5. Bacqui July 12, 2010

    The return of fake a$$ b****! Bytch go sit down somewhere.U’r old and done

  6. Chrissy July 12, 2010

    I cant get past her face smh, Lil Kim needs a hot record and less face time. I’d rather hear her music,not her beefing , and not see her.

  7. CJordN July 12, 2010

    All she did was get plastic surgery. How much of a reinvention does she really think she accomplished?

  8. FreshUrbanEnt July 12, 2010

    LOL @CARL’S TWITPIC BUT I GUESS IF SHE DOESN’T THINK SHE’S RELEVANT NO1 WILL. SHE NEEDS TO COME OUT WITH A HOT SINGLE AND A SOLID ALBUM.

    CHECK OUT MY NEW ENTERTAINMENT SITE >>> http://WWW.FRESHURBANENT.CO.UK

  9. bluekid July 12, 2010

    LIl Kim, is a convicted felon that can’t get a break, to late she made some bad decisions, really bad decisions in life and now she is stilling paying for those bad decisions.

    Like cutting up her face, now that was a bad decision.

    She think parading around with Rihanna is going to bring her career back, I like to see those two whores together so they can go out in a fissile.

  10. bluekid July 12, 2010

    It must be still early in the morning for me I read back what I said above and it was making know since so I got this to say about lil Kim!

    Ho sit down with your irrelevant a**!

  11. Last Boy on Earth July 12, 2010

    I LOVE YOU LIL KIM PLEASE COME BACK

  12. bluekid July 12, 2010

    @ Last Boy on Earth

    Why do gay men, love whorish women?????

  13. WannaBGirl July 12, 2010

    If you have to say “I’m still relevant” then nope you’re not relevant.

  14. Shaytan July 12, 2010

    No one can take away Lil Kim achievements. She opened doors for artist of today (Nicki Eve Trina Nicki Etc) Just as Jean Grae Lyte Sha-Rock Roxanne Shante & Queen Latifah opened doors for Kim. They are able to diverse in many areas ( fashion etc) because of her.. She opened the door in that industry. Queen L opened the door for female rappers to act.

    Just because she had plastic surgery does not make her less relevant. Micheal Jackson wasn’t a big enough lesson for you people. Just because someone alters themselves or gets old does not give reason for disbarment .

    Google Top 5 Selling Female Rap Artist. Kim Name Appears.. You Cant Take That Away

  15. stan July 12, 2010

    dear lil kim,

    plastic surgery doesn’t count as “reinvention”

  16. futurestarDELUX July 12, 2010

    F*** YOU SAM! you know kim is everything nicki wishes she was lmao! <<< Why else jack her everything?!
    Yeah Kim went overboard with the surgery but i swear that pic is photoshopped coz i've seen other pics from the same shoot and more recent pics and she looks darker and not as f***** up besides the MJ nose.
    Nicki stans can shut the f*** up anyway because nicki is on the surgery too how else do you explain her plastic ass? if any b**** needs a nose job its Nicki with her crooked ass witch nose LOL
    Nicki is whack, she raps about nursery rymes and s*** and she lip syncs who the f*** ever heard of a rapper lip syncing? get in a rap battle Kim would s*** all over that r***** <<< copt that! haha

    KIM IS QUEEN AND WILL ALWAYS BE RELEVANT AND SHE IS GONNA COME BACK HARD AND SHUT YOU P****** UP! <<< THAT KIM REIGN JUST WONT LET UP!

    P.S B****** DONT EVEN BRING XTINA INTO THIS BECAUSE EVEN IF BIONIC FLOPS YOU STILL KNOW SHE CAN SING ALL YOUR FAVES AND THEIRS UNDER THE TABLE NOW SIT THE F*** DOWN AND WAIT FOR THE YOU LOST ME VID TO SLAY!

    NICKI MINAJ & LADY GAGA TWO FAKE ASS B******.

  17. bluekid July 12, 2010

    Lil Kim is queen of being whorish, nothing more! Lil Kim hasn’t done much since biggy smalls.

    How many hits did this woman have??????

  18. Dev July 12, 2010

    Sorry Kim, you hold no relevance in that wig, and you cant transform yourself into Michael/La-Toya jackson

  19. Jeremy Danté July 12, 2010

    i definitely agree- allow your statements to be made through music, not through interviews. people keep saying she’s back & she’s on her grind & she’s touring but why is she steady performing her s*** from the 90’s? weak. i love kim, but until she steps in the booth & drops something & it hits radio- im fuckn with nicki. nicki is about her s***. kim ain’t had a hit since magic stick.

  20. Venue808 July 12, 2010

    Steps tor recovery
    1. Admit you have a problem!!!!!
    It’s time to let this “I wanna appeal to the kids and be relevant talk disappear like white stuff at a LA party. Kim you don’t have to sit and compete with the new barbies since your the OG Barbie. Make music, have fun, and live life you worked hard to get to this point.

  21. X,Y,”and Z” July 12, 2010

    Lil’ KIm: “I’m still relevant.”

    X,Y,”and Z” to Lil’ Kim: “NO, YOU’RE NOT ..!!”

    Now, unless-you-can build-you-a “Giant-Time Machine” and zoom-us-all-back to the 1990’s …(?!) … Stay in the ‘burbs and collect, what-little Royalty-checks you’ve-got coming-in!
    (We ALL-KNOW, it was Biggie who wrote some, if-not-all of-your, best/well-known s***!)

    Some of these b****** are under-some-sort-of … “spell”; some-one been-talking-to-’em, in-their-sleep! … Maybe it’s their stylists, “who-need-the-work” and can use anything-out-of-a-bottle/jar, “to cover-up/mask the worry-lines/wrinkles” and divert-out-collective-attention away-from-the-fact-that-these ‘no-talent b******’ “weren’t hot” …. when-they-were … “hot” …!!

    NO-TALENT B****** (who’re-in-need-of immediate psychiatric-evaluation):

    1.) Lil Kim.
    2.) Khia (just brought-up-a-little-of-my breakfast with-the-very-mention).
    3.) Jay-Lo (Latinos deserve so-much-better! But “why even-bother,” when you’ve got-the- likes-of-a Christina Aguilera and Shakira?)
    4.) Miriah Carey
    5.) … the last and certainly-NOT-latest to add to my “you’re NOT talented/you had your shot, now have a seat” list (?) … Kelly Rowland!

    And Trent/Sam, MY PROMISE STANDS: If I see ONE-more “White Rapper posting” up-on TGJ, I’ll bring my considerable-focus and bear-it-down-upon, your precious “Beyonce-don’t-need-a back-up-singer-no-more, that’s-why-you’re-NOW ‘on-your-own’ Kelly Rowland” … !!!

    … I swear, these b****** must have watched reruns of Jurassic Park, and-think-that — since you can “de-fossilize Dinosaur-DNA remains: hatch-and-grow baby T-Rex” you can ‘revive s***’ that-done-got “mushed-into dark-heavy crude,” and meant-to-find it’s-way in someone’s gas-tank and-outta-some-tailpipe …!!

    X,Y,”and Z” — OUT …!!

  22. X,Y,”and Z” July 12, 2010

    … I didn’t add Kelis to the list: “a no-talent b****” such-as-she deserves no-less-than “a completely-removed” and singular-post!

    X,Y,”and Z” — OUT …!!!

  23. Chile Please! July 12, 2010

    OMG! Her face looks so Dis-proportioned! WTF! Her cheeks are too puffy & one side of her face by her chin looks sunk in! I swear….when these female artist get that money they all want to be the next Barbie, going under the knife just to look perfect…………but wound up failing like this Planet of the Apes looking B.S. Girl Bye!

  24. TheMan July 12, 2010

    Kim goes down in history as one of the most influential female rappers ever right after Salt N Pepa, she opened doors for just about every chick rapping today just like Salt n Pepa before her. She made females in hip hop get respect just like the guys Just like Salt N Pepa before her. And Biggie died right after her first cd and she went on to have even more success so how could he have written all her rhymes?

  25. Dane July 12, 2010

    How old are you kids on here…..this is sad ….. you dont even know Legends when you see…because of Kim these female rappers can spit the s*** they do in heels….SMH……know your history before you talk s*** about her….Black people are so f****** judgemental….So what if she got plastic surgery….so the f*** what big f****** deal…..

  26. TheRealestMC July 13, 2010

    B**** YO PLASTIC ASS AINT RELEVANT NOMO … YOU A LENGEND THOUGH BUT RELEVENT??? HELL NO.

  27. sonofbaldwin July 13, 2010

    Just because she SAYS she’s still relevant, doesn’t mean she IS still relevant.

  28. FUTURESTARdelux July 13, 2010

    SHE’S RELEVANT ENOUGH TO HAVE YOU FANS OF THAT ONIKA S*** FLAPPIN BECAUSE YOU KNOW QUEEN B IS GONNA COME BACK HARD! HAHAHAHAHAHA

  29. Cc July 13, 2010

    Im sorry, but Kim, you are really looking more and more like “Tiffany” Chuckies doll wife from the Seed of Chucky everytime I look @ you. You shouldve left your face alone. #fail

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