Lil' Kim's album due 'this year'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 1 March 2017
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Lil Kim

Lil' Kim says her new album is "definitely coming out this year" though she has no "specific date" yet

Lil' Kim says her new album is "definitely coming out this year".

The 42-year-old rapper has been working on her fifth studio venture - her first since 2005's 'The Naked Truth' - entitled 'Black Widow', and has said she doesn't have a "specific date" for the release of the record because she's still working on getting people in the studio to collaborate with her.

She said: "I don't have a specific date, but it's definitely coming out this year. I have a couple people I want to work with. I'm not gonna tell you who but there's a few people I want to work with, so I'm just getting those people together and getting them on the album. With me traveling, performing and doing music, it's kind of hard. Plus, I got my baby so I'm just levelling everything now. But I'm going hard."

And the 'How Many Licks' hitmaker - who has two-year-old daughter Royal Reign with fellow rapper Mr. Papers - says being a mother hasn't changed her "approach" to making music, but admits it has had an impact on "how" she has to work.

When asked if being a mother changes her approach to making music, the 'Crush on You' musician said: "Nah, it doesn't change how I approach music, but it changes how I have to work, because I got a baby now. Before, I could be in the studio long, long hours. I could stay in the studio from one o'clock in the afternoon to one o'clock the next afternoon and it's all good but I got a baby now."

Lil' Kim - real name Kimberly Denise Jones - also admits she's "not changing anything" about her sound just because she has a child.

She told Billboard magazine: "So I'm gonna work and I'm gonna do what I do. But I'm not changing anything because I don't hide anything from my daughter. I also don't allow her to be disrespectful. I don't allow her to do certain things. A child should stay in a child's place and a baby should be babied.

"I can't change who I am because that's when things change. I'm not gonna become a gospel rapper. That's the only thing left I could do, and it's not that. So at the end of the day, I'm still gonna be who I am, and I will teach my child as we grow, the difference between certain music.

"Being a mom is not going to change my content in my music, but it will change the approach in how I work. I'm a mom and I'm always with my baby, and I got to make sure my baby is good myself because nobody is gonna make sure my baby's good the way I do."

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