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Linwood remarried, though his relationship with Kim soured irreparably only after she began dating boys at the age of 13.According to Kim he became increasingly verbally abusive and their relationship took a violent turn — Kim once stabbed him with a pair of scissors. In the years that followed, she sometimes stayed with neighbors, or with older men who housed and fed her — in return for sex.“Think about it,” she told the writer Kristal Brent Zook. I think doing photo shoots and seeing all the people respond to me has helped.“The girls that [men] dated when I was younger were light-skinned and tall. [But] I still don’t see what they see.”Around the same time as Kim's debut, the public was introduced to another provocative female rapper by the name of Foxy Brown, whose debut album, Christopher Wallace discovered Kim and developed her as an artist —they became lovers too, though their relationship was far from exclusive: Wallace famously slept around.His death hit her hard: she believed he was the only man who had ever loved her for who she was.
Despite never being officially released as a single, it held the No. The following year it won a Grammy award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals — firmly establishing Kim as one of the most sought-after rappers of the early 21st century. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart in March 2003, Lil' Kim’s third album, , featured collaborations with Missy Elliott and 50 Cent — with Timbaland and Kanye West among the producers.Like its two predecessors, the album was also certified platinum.At the time Missy Elliott was the only other female MC with three platinum albums.Since regaining her freedom, Kim has continued to be active musically — and also as a reality-TV star — and in June 2014 became a mother to a daughter, Royal Reign, whose father is the Honduras-born rapper Mr. Her parents, Ruby Mae Jones and Linwood Jones, both hailed from Trinidad. As a child, Kim was sent to a well-regarded Catholic school — Queen of All Saints in Brooklyn — in an attempt to provide a stable learning environment.But stability was in short supply after her parents’ marriage crumbled when Kim was eight years old.She was discovered by Christopher Wallace, aka the Notorious B. G., who turned her into a star and became her lover before he was murdered in 1997 — a crime that has never been solved.Kim was devastated by Wallace’s death, but eventually continued to forge a successful career.She came from a broken home, and as a teenager had endured a violent relationship with her father.As a result she ran away and fell into an outwardly glamorous, but dangerous and exploitative world of pimps and drug dealers.Notorious for her flesh-baring image and sexually explicit lyrics, Lil' Kim shot to fame in the latter half of the 1990s.But behind her spike-heeled “gangsta porno rap” ferocity lay a conflicted, vulnerable side of her character.