Lil Kim Puts Her Twist On Lil Uzi Vert’s “Just Wanna Rock” Dance At Lovers & Friends

Fans applauded the rap legend for tapping into the new hot sounds, while others were less enthusiastic.

BYGabriel Bras Nevares
Lil Kim Puts Her Twist On Lil Uzi Vert’s “Just Wanna Rock” Dance At Lovers & Friends

Of course, the biggest story surrounding the Lovers & Friends Festival surrounds its host Usher's alleged scuffle with Chris Brown. However, that doesn't mean that there weren't excellent performances at the event all around, such as Lil Kim. Moreover, the hip-hop icon graced the stage on Saturday (May 6) with a rundown of some of the most iconic points in her catalog. Still, she made some time to shout out the newer generation and add her own twist to it. At one point during her set, she danced along to Lil Uzi Vert's massive hit "Just Wanna Rock."

However, not every fan was happy with the performance, or reacted to it with the same enthusiasm. While many applauded her for doing her thing and having fun while doing so, others came through with more criticism, pointing out her dance moves or her body. Unfortunately, it's pushback that Lil Kim always dealt with throughout her career, and brushed off each time. Whether it's her legal issues or her place in the culture, the 48-year-old still garners a lot of conversation and discussion on her legacy.

Lil Kim Just Wants To Rock At Festival Performance

In fact, more recent teases point to that legacy facing off against another in a big way, especially considering past beef. Furthermore, Swizz Beatz recently led fans to believe that a Verzuz battle between Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj would be coming soon. "I can’t say, I can’t say,” he responded to questions on The Breakfast Club about the potential matchup. “So there’s still a possibility?” DJ Envy inquired. “Yeah, I can’t say. I can’t say," the producer replied. "But just know if you’re going to wait this long for Verzuz, if we gone have you wait this long, it’s definitely going to be worth it. If I’m being quiet, things are happening. It was important for us to take a break and organize what we have and actually understand what we have."

Meanwhile, the "Crush On You" MC will share her story on Audible's hip hop series coming this summer. With that in mind, perhaps she's now in a place where she wants to celebrate and look back on her illustrious career. Be it through a Verzuz matchup or another dance homage to a contemporary hit, her name is here to stay. Regardless, log back into HNHH for the latest news and updates on Lil Kim.

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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.