Lil Kim is covering the latest digital issue of Rolling Out. The 39-year-old NY native, who rarely does interviews these days, chats about moving forward with her career, tension with Diddy throughout the years and why she’s gracefully bowing out of the reality TV game. Read a few excerpts.
On if she has any regrets:
I’m pretty sure everybody in the industry — and in life, period — has things that they feel like they would do over, but I don’t really regret much in my life. There are certain things that I would do over — and certain things that I would do differently. [But] the things that I go through and the things that I’ve gone through have become a major part of who I am today.
On her career:
I’m a real artist. I [have] basically been in the game for a minute, [so it’s] where I feel like it’s time to go to [another] level in my career. I think every artist has that moment — if you’re a real artist. I care about what I do, so in different things [you’re] always concerned about your next step — but that doesn’t stop me from taking it.
On saying no to reality TV:
I never say ‘never,’ but I don’t look at television shows or reality shows and say ‘I want to be on this show’. Not really. I’m more so into just watching them for entertainment purposes.
On her strained relationship with Diddy:
Puffy called me one day and he tracked me down through some people I knew. [He said] ‘No matter what, you’re going to always be my sister.’ We always go through things like that. At the end of the day, we’re tied to each other through B.I.G.’s estate and B.I.G.’s iconic, historic legacy.
On reigniting her music career to naysayers:
I just think that my fans — not even just my fans, but even potentially new fans — are ready to hear some new Lil’ Kim music and everyone knows that … I put a lot of my reality into my music [that] people can identify with. People are ready to hear real rap — real s— coming from a female. Because I’ve always been different, no matter what. My music has always been very sexual and very pro-women. Now I get to do that through my new artists. I have my label coming out, which makes me very driven.
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