Lil’ Kim Confirms Recent Accounts Of Biggie’s Violence With Details Of Her Own (Video)
Last month, So So Def Records founder Jermaine Dupri told Drink Champs about witnessing Biggie Smalls threaten Lil’ Kim at gunpoint during an Usher studio session. Dupri, who produced the resulting song (“Just Like Me”) alleged, “So what [Biggie] did was he wrote the rap for Lil’ Kim…This was the time B.I.G. [as I understand it] f*cked Kim’s sister. This is in the music though,” referring to Biggie’s 1994 verse on “Friend Of Mine” where the superstar spit, “She’s saying I dissed her ’cause I’m f*cking her sister/ A message to the fellas, that really gets them pissed.” JD continued, “She found out about it, so she was upset when she came to the studio about this, and he couldn’t really get her to do the rap…me and Usher was just…we was there, young, watching what was going on and B.I.G. pulled the strap out on her, to just let her know that he was gonna kill her.”
While Lil’ Kim has spoken of The Notorious B.I.G.’s abuse previously (including on The Ed Lover Show), she confronted that report directly while on Ebro In The Morning this week. Approaching the 12:00 mark, Biggie’s Junior M.A.F.I.A. protégé and lover says, “It’s not wrong with [Jermaine Dupri] tellin’ the story; it’s a part of history.” Peter Rosenberg asks if the Brooklyn MC remembers the incident. “Of course I remember it that day. [Laughs] But that’s not the first time he told that story though,” she adds, claiming it appeared on a Driven episode. “It happened. The story is not exactly how he said it, but it’s very close to the truth. We did have a very violent relationship. I hate that, for a while, that was all I attracted: violent [men]. It is what it is. He was everything. You know how it is when you’re in the industry: the guys can do whatever they want, but you can’t do sh*t. You can’t do nothing,” says the rapper, referring to polygamy and side-relationships. For much of the pair’s romantic relationship, Biggie was married to Faith Evans.
Kim clarifies the errors in J.D.’s account, as she sees them. “First of all, when I was going to do the song with Jermaine, they contacted [Junior M.A.F.I.A. manager Lance ‘Un’ Rivera]; Biggie wasn’t even involved in that. He put his self there. Like, he came because he just wanted to make sure I wasn’t gonna have any eyes for Usher, or Jermaine, you know. [Laughs] And everybody knows I get busy with the pen, but I loved when Big used to come and persuade some of my raps, ’cause he’s the freakin’ greatest; why wouldn’t I? Of course! But everybody knows…all my hit records, [‘All About The Benjamins’], ‘Get Money,’ ‘Crush On You,’ [are] all me. Puffy can tell you; all these people can tell you. But the influence that he had on my raps and my music…it made me lazy sometimes if he was around. ‘Cause I know if I’m sittin’ there and I’m stuck I’m four bars, he’s gonna jump in [and coach]. He always wanted me to stand on my own, so Hard Core was mainly me, and a couple of songs that he influenced. But when we were together, it always turned into a lover’s quarrel or a lover’s nest. Although I wanted him to be there to make sure my sh*t was tight, a lot of times it wasn’t the best thing. That day was one of the days when it probably wasn’t the best thing.”
Kim then confirms the reports of the argument escalating of Biggie’s advances towards another woman. “That is a true story. He tried to sleep with… there was a girl that was actually on my Countdown To Lockdown show. She’s like my family. And yeah, that story’s true.” Kim’s cousin, Latisha “Lala” Crosby was a cast member on the 2006 BET series. “He said something to the effect of, ‘She asked me for $400. I told her, what’s she gonna do for that $400?’ [I was upset at the double-standard]. I think that he was hiding the fact that he was trying to expose that he didn’t think she was my real friend, even as a family member.”
Kim explains how she balances the good and the bad. “Listen, a lot us are not proud about certain parts of our past and the way we might’ve handled situations.” She proceeds to describe Biggie Smalls’ generosity, care, and abilities to cook spaghetti for Kim when she was hungry.
This week, the platinum Hard Core MC released music video “Took Us A Break.” It’s achieved more than 200,000 views in less than 24 hours.
#BonusBeat: Last week’s TBD argues that ghostwriters can be necessary: