Lil Kim Wants More Credit For Writing For Other Rappers In XXL Cover Interview

“I wrote on Diddy’s album, check your credits!” the rap star expressed.

BYGabriel Bras Nevares
Lil Kim Wants More Credit For Writing For Other Rappers In XXL Cover Interview

Of course, Lil Kim is absolutely a rap icon. But in a saturated landscape where new rappers come out every day, and old ones fall through the cracks, it's never a bad time to give her the flowers she deserves. Recently, she appeared on XXL's latest cover and opened up about her career, accolades, and milestone moments during her interview. Specifically, though, she spoke on the rap game debating on ghostwriters and who deserves credit for songs when she's written for a lot of artists, a feat she never got full praise for in the industry.

"Everyone calls me an icon, it's an honor to me," Lil Kim remarked to the publication. "It makes me smile, it makes me happy to know that people look at me that way because I never really saw that for myself. It just happened organically. There's a few highlights of my career, but it's funny 'cause I never had that 'Oh my God, I made it' moment. Even to this day, I feel like that moment is still coming. I'm so glad to see us women getting our recognition and everyone celebrating us. I think it's a wonderful thing. And, by the way, all this talk about writing- I've [written] for other people. I wrote on Diddy's album, check your credits!"

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Lil Kim's XXL Cover

In addition, the Brooklyn star is also one to tribute those in the industry, older or newer, that have had a large impact. For example, Lil Kim recently filled in for Ludacris as the supporting act on Janet Jackson's "Together Again" tour stop in Allentown, Pennsylvania. During her performance, she gave a dance rendition of Janet's brother Michael's hit song "Smooth Criminal," one of his more beloved tunes. The same goes for how she honors the current biggest names in the rap game in particular.

The Brooklyn Queen's Words On Ghostwriting In Rap

While performing at Usher's Lovers & Friends Festival, the 48-year-old danced along to Lil Uzi Vert's "Just Wanna Rock." That track dominates the current rap landscape, in a similar way to the big hits that she pioneered. If nothing else, it's only fair that someone as legendary as Lil Kim gets her deserved credit, especially when she often does so for the newer generation- and those before her. For more news and the latest updates on Lil Kim, stay logged into HNHH.

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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.