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Lil Kim Rap Star

Lil Kim

The only thing "Lil" about this hot star is her stature, at 4"11. Rising from the streets of Brooklyn into music success, "Queen B" is one of the hottest female rappers in the business. Born on July 11th, 1975, and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Kimberly Denise Jones and her older brother Christopher were left under the care of her father after her parents got divorced when she was 9 years old. Kimberly and Christopher lived with their mother Ruby Mae at first, until custody of the children was passed on to Linwood Jones. A rebellious child living under the strict rules of her dad, Lil' Kim and her father constantly fought. After therapy sessions and physical fights, she eventually ran away from home. Forced to crash at her friends' apartments, live with drug-dealing boyfriends, and indulge in promiscuity (she was even a prostitute at one time) in order to "gold-dig" her way into a man's heart, Kim eventually began to clean up her act upon meeting her mentor and father figure, Christopher Wallace, better known as Biggie Smalls and Notorious B.I.G. While Kim worked as a salesperson at Bloomingdale's, her friends discovered that she could, in fact, rap. Biggie encouraged his protégé to pursue a rapping career, and cast her as a member of the rap group Junior M.A.F.I.A., signed under Biggie's Undeas label.

Lil' Kim's talent shone with her contribution to the group's debut single, "Player's Anthem," as well as the Junior M.A.F.I.A.'s debut album, Conspiracy. Obviously the group's star, Lil' Kim went on to work on other projects on the side, including appearances on Mona Lisa, the Isley Brothers, Total, and Skin Deep's records.

In 1996, Lil' Kim released a solo album entitled Hard Core. With collaborating producers such as P. Diddy, Jermaine Dupri, Prestige, and High Class, Hard Core debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard charts, and became a critical and commercial success. With hit singles such as "No Time" (featuring Diddy himself and becoming RIAA gold) and "Queen Bitch," Hard Core showcased Lil' Kim as a sexually explicit, uninhibited woman and a star female rapper.

While everything was rosy in Lil' Kim land, her world, along with the East Coast hip-hop world, was shattered with the murder of the Notorious B.I.G. on March 9th, 1997. Upon Biggie's death, Lil' Kim took a hiatus from recording her own music, but she still kept busy with a string of other projects. She was one of the featured performers of P. Diddy's highly successful 1998 "Bad Boy Tour" (at Diddy's request), and ventured into her own business with the launch of Queen Bee Records, with Lil' Kim as CEO.

Finally, in June of 2000, Lil' Kim followed up Hard Core with her long-awaited album, Notorious K.I.M., which was certified platinum. The album marks the second release on Queen Bee Records, after the release of Lil' Cease's The Wonderful World of Cease A Leo. Unfortunately, Lil' Cease's album was the target of a $200 million lawsuit after an 18-year-old woman claimed that Lil' Cease sampled a private phone conversation without her consent and used it on his album. P. Diddy, who was listed as an executive producer, and Lil' Kim were also named in the suit.

And again, in 2003, Lil' Kim satisfied her fans' hunger by releasing her third album, La Bella Mafia, which debuted at No. 5 on Billboard charts. Although Lil' Kim has collaborated with artists like Christina Aguilera (in "Can't Hold Us Down"), 50 Cent (in "Magic Stick"), and B2K (in "Do That Thing"), to this day, her biggest single is 2001's "Lady Marmalade," which she made with fellow singers Pink, Christina Aguilera, Mya, and Missy Elliott. It topped Billboard's Top 40 Tracks chart for nine weeks and garnered her a Teen Choice Award for Choice Song of the Summer, two MTV Video Music Awards for Video of the Year and Best Video from a Film, and a Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.

And music isn't where it starts and ends for Lil' Kim. She also began taking on roles on TV and in movies. The rapper made her big-screen debut with a role in 1999's She's All That, co-starring Rachael Leigh Cook; had a guest-starring role on her buddy Pamela Anderson's series, V.I.P.; had a role in 2000's Scary Movie (which ended up on the cutting room floor); and appeared in 2002's Juwanna Mann, 2003's Gang of Roses, and 2004's You Got Served (as herself) and Nora's Hair Salon. Lil' Kim has also appeared in plenty of magazines, including the cover of The Source, Vibe and Interview, and is a spokesperson for M.A.C. Cosmetics (along with best friend Mary J. Blige), Candie's shoes, Old Navy, and Iceberg jeans, and rumors are circulating that she's striking up a deal with Adidas to design her own shoe.

And if that weren't enough, Lil' Kim is set to be one of the characters in 2004's new video game, Def Jam Vendetta II. Known for her provocative outfits, pornographic lyrics, edgy rhythm, and groundbreaking success, this 4'11" diva sure packs more punch than her name implies.

Lil' Kim making music despite conviction

The New Jersey rapper Lil' Kim is making new music before heading to prison after being found convicted of three counts of perjury and one of conspiracy.

"She is actively in the studio recording," spokesman Ronn Torossian told the New York Post.In addition to recording, Lil' Kim is also marketing her clothing and jewelry line.The rapper was convicted Thursday of lying about a shooting involving two members of her posse.She faces 3 to 20 years behind bars, when she is sentenced June 24.

"My testimony in no way incriminated Kim," the rapper Capone, who was in the middle of the shootout, told Allhiphop.com."I basically testified that I didn't see anything."


How Lil' Kim made her mark on rap

The star's career started more than 10 years ago.
Lil' Kim, who has been found guilty of lying under oath about a New York gunfight, emerged from the city's hip-hop scene in 1995 as a member of Junior MAFIA.

The group, which was formed by Christopher Wallace, or Notorious BIG, earned success with their debut album Conspiracy.

But since the release of her platinum solo debut Hard Core in 1996, the star has recieved attention for her outrageous clothes, extravagant jewellery and explicit rap lyrics.

The 29-year-old musician, who was born Kimberley Denise Jones in New York, showed a flair for performing from a very early age.

At the age of 15 Kim was thrown out of the family home by her father, leading to a spell mixing with drug dealers and living on friends' floors.

During this time she met Wallace, encouraging the man who was to become one of hip hop's biggest influences to use his talent for rapping.

Kim became a member of his group Junior MAFIA, and her vocals provided hits for two of their songs, including debut single Player's Anthem.

The group was invited on tour with soul singer Mary J Blige, who taught Kim how to assert herself in the male-dominated world of hip hop music - a theme which would become part of her later work.

In 1996, Lil'Kim made her solo debut album, which saw her inhabit the territory of sexual edginess and hardcore rap, traditionally the preserve inhabited by male artists.

The album, which was co-produced by Sean "P Diddy" Combs, gained favourable reviews, and healthy sales ensured that the gamble paid off.

It remains the most successful debut by a female hip hop artist.

One of the songs was called Queen Bitch, while she became known by her pseudonym Queen Bee, later going on to launch her own record company under the same name.

A hiatus in her recording career was caused by the death of her mentor Notorious BIG, who was shot dead in 1997 - just six months after the murder of rapper Tupac Shakur.

She said that "whoever I marry will have to know that when I get to heaven, I will be with Biggie".

At the time of the rapper's death, Kim denied that the lyrical content of hip hop records had inspired such violence, saying that they reflected real life.

"We're just telling it like it is. It may take time before we all start rapping about flowers," she said.

Kim has since made two albums, but her biggest chart success to date has been the single Lady Marmalade, a collaboration with Christina Aguilera, Pink, Missy Elliott and Mya.

The 2001 song was a worldwide hit and won a Grammy award and two MTV awards for video of the year. Kim has since recorded another single with Aguilera, while her film credits include 1999's She's All That and Nora's Hair Salon from 2004.

Rapper Lil' Kim Convicted of Perjury

Rap diva Lil' Kim was convicted Thursday of lying to a federal grand jury to protect friends who were involved in a shootout outside a radio station.

Lil' Kim was convicted of three counts of perjury and one of conspiracy, but acquitted of obstruction of justice. She is likely to be sentenced to several years in prison a maximum of five years for each count at her June 24 sentencing.

The former sidekick and mistress of the late Notorious B.I.G., known for her revealing outfits and raunchy raps, testified that she didn't notice two close friends at the scene of the 2001 gun battle her manager, Damion Butler, and Suif "Gutta" Jackson. Both men have since pleaded guilty to gun charges.
The jury saw radio station security photos showing Butler opening a door for Lil' Kim. And witnesses Antoine "Banger" Spain and James "Lil' Cease" Lloyd, who once made hit records with Lil' Kim in the group Junior M.A.F.I.A, testified that Butler and Jackson were at the station with her. Lil' Kim and her assistant, who also was convicted, shook their heads as the verdicts were delivered, and supporters broke out in sobs. While many rappers have gone to prison, Lil' Kim, 29, would be the first big-name female to do time.

Asked outside court whether she had any comment, Lil' Kim, wearing a beige pantsuit and a pink jacket, shook her head and said no. "We love you," a bystander shouted. She later issued a statement saying she was "disappointed" in the verdict.

"However, I was acquitted of the most serious charge, obstruction of justice," she said. "Throughout my life, I have always lived with adversity and will continue to have faith and do good for my family, friends and fans." She has an album scheduled for release later this year.

The shootout occurred outside WQHT, known as Hot 97, when Lil' Kim's entourage crossed paths with a rival rap group, Capone-N-Noreaga. Kim's entourage confronted them about the song "Bang, Bang" from a Capone-N-Noreaga album, which contained a scathing insult to Kim from her longtime rival, Foxy Brown. A shootout erupted, leaving one man injured and more than two dozen rounds fired.
Hot 97 is the same station where the posses of 50 Cent and The Game traded bullets last month. No arrests have been made in that shooting, which left one of Game's henchmen wounded in the leg.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cathy Seibel told jurors that the 4-foot-11 Lil' Kim, born Kimberly Jones, had repeatedly lied to them, just as she did to the grand jury. The prosecutor belittled the defense claim that the sunglasses-wearing Lil' Kim didn't notice her two close friends at the scene of the crime. "You would have to believe they were magic sunglasses that only block out your friends who were shooting people," Seibel told the jury. Defense lawyer Mel Sachs argued that Lil' Kim had no reason to protect Butler and Jackson because she had already eliminated them from her life.

Lil' Kim testified that after the shooting she had a falling out with Butler, Banger and Cease because they were freeloading at her New Jersey town house. She said she decided to cut off Butler completely after he caused a ruckus outside a video shoot with Phil Collins. "I was just fed up," she said on the stand. "They were taking advantage of me."

Lil' Kim's assistant, Monique Dopwell, was convicted of perjury and conspiracy. She faces up to 15 years in prison.

The rapper also testified at length about her modest background and mercurial career, which began with an impromptu performance for B.I.G. on the street in their Brooklyn neighborhood. As B.I.G. became a superstar, Lil' Kim became "Queen Bee," the oversexed gangsta girl in his otherwise all-male clique. Her first album, 1996's "Hard Core," lived up to its title with its sexually explicit lyrics and became a big hit, thanks to songs like "Crush On You" and others with unmentionable titles.

Lil' Kim developed into one of the few female rappers with a commercially viable career. As plastic surgery slowly transformed her from cute around-the-way girl to glam, top-heavy pinup, she morphed into a sexy fashionista who, for some, exemplified female empowerment.
Her bigger-than-rap status was cemented in 1999 when, while presenting an MTV award wearing a pasty over one exposed breast, co-presenter Diana Ross jiggled Kim's bare flesh.

She won a Grammy in 2001 for her part in the hit remake of "Lady Marmalade." Now she's probably headed to prison, adding a chapter to a remarkable life that already has produced an accredited Syracuse University course titled "The Life and Times of Lil' Kim."

Lil' Kim cast as arrogant, privileged

New York jurors deliberated Wednesday in the conspiracy, obstruction of justice and perjury trial of hip-hop idol Lil' Kim, E! Online reported.

Kimberly Jones, her real name, is charged along with her personal assistant in a 2001 shooting outside a New York rap radio station that began when her entourage ran into another rap crew.There were no fatalities, but one person was seriously injured.

Jones' legal troubles stemmed from her allegedly lying to investigators about who was at the scene.Also, two members of her crew turned state's evidence.

"Maybe she believed she was a Queen Bee, above the law, that for a multifaceted superstar, the rules were different for her," said Manhattan Assistant U.S. Attorney Cathy Seibel.Jones' lawyer called the prosecution's case "asinine."If convicted on all counts, Jones faces 30 years in prison.

Among her better known hits are "Magic Stick."

Lil’ Kim Claims She Is a Victim

Rap diva Lil' Kim took the stand in her perjury trial on Thursday, testifying for three and a half hours and calling herself “a victim” of the 2001 gun battle between her associates and a rival hip-hop group outside a Manhattan radio station . The Grammy-winning singer, nee Kimberly Jones, now faces up to 30 years in federal prison for allegedly lying in the court about the incident that left one man injured.

The 30-year-old, famous for her racy outfits and the sexually explicit language of her music, appeared in the court wearing a pale peach ruffled blouse, white jacket adorned with a sparkling brooch, and a pastel skirt.

Reuters quoted Kimberly Jones as saying in the court: “I was a victim [of the shooting]. I couldn't believe I was being badgered the way I was."

Although in 2003 Ms. Jones told a grand jury that she was unable to recognize a photo of long-term friend Mr. Jackson and that her manager, Mr. Butler, was not with her on the day of the shooting, prosecutors believe she simply wanted to protect her friends, who have since pleaded guilty to gun charges.

Ms. Jones insisted that she did not recall seeing Mr. Butler anywhere during her visit to Hot 97 the day she was making an appearance as a guest DJ.

"I don't remember seeing Damion," she told the court, according to The New York Times. "That's the bottom line - I just don't remember."

In the afternoon a prosecutor, Cathy Seibel, opened her cross-examination by making the raunchy rapper recognize herself in a video shot by a security camera outside the radio station that depicted Ms. Jones standing next to Mr. Butler on the street, even as he started firing the gun.

Ms Seibel also had Lil’ admit that she had known Suif Jackson since she was a teenager, although she initially said that the photograph did not look like Mr. Jackson. "You've seen him in the flesh thousands of times," said the prosecutor.

When asked by the lawyer if she had a reason to lie in order to protect her friends, the hip-hop star said:

"Why would I after what they did to me. I'm so happy I'm away from them...they did me so wrong. I have no reason to lie for them. I was fed up with always bailing them out (of prison). They were taking advantage of me, they were stealing from me.”

She is expected back in court for further cross-examination on Friday.

Lil' Kim witness admits shooting

An associate of Lil' Kim, who is on trial in New York on perjury charges, has testified that he was involved in a shooting incident at a radio station. Suif Jackson told Manhattan federal court he opened fire during the 2001 clash with a rival hip-hop group. One man was injured in the shooting.

Rap star Lil' Kim, real name Kimberly Jones, is accused of lying to a grand jury investigating the shooting. She has pleaded not guilty to charges of perjury and conspiracy. The charges stem from an incident in February 2001 outside New York's Hot 97 radio station, where Ms Jones and associates from rap group Junior Mafia had appeared as guests. Mr Jackson was sentenced to 12 years in prison last September after pleading guilty to his part in the shoot-out.

Camera footage

Prosecutors claim that rapper Lil' Kim told a federal grand jury last year that she did not know Mr Jackson, but evidence showed the pair have been friends for the past decade.

Mr Jackson, forced to appear as a witness under a government subpoena, confirmed on Wednesday that he has known Ms Jones for about 10 years and was with her group on the day of the shooting. He also admitted bringing a fully automatic machine gun with him from New Jersey and using it during the incident because, he claimed, he "was being fired on".

Prosecutors alleged that security camera footage showed Ms Jones standing on the street during the shoot-out, then jumping into a limousine with those suspected of being involved. Damion Butler, Ms Jones' former manager, has also pleaded guilty to using weapons in the incident and is currently serving time. However, prosecutors claim Ms Jones denied before the federal grand jury last year that Mr Butler was with her on the day of the shooting.

The rapper, who is known for her extravagant stage costumes, is charged with one count of conspiracy, three counts of perjury, three counts of making false statements and one count of obsctruction.

She faces a possible 30-year jail term if she is found guilty on all counts.

Lil' Kim Faces Music in Perjury Trial

Hip-hop artist Lil' Kim began facing the music on Monday when a jury was chosen to decide if the rapper lied to a federal grand jury investigating a 2001 shootout outside a Manhattan radio station.

Opening statements in the case against Lil' Kim and her personal assistant Monique Dopwell are scheduled to begin on Tuesday morning in Manhattan federal court. It is uncertain whether the proceedings might be delayed because of a winter storm in the northeastern United States.

Prosecutors charge that the women lied during the investigation to protect members of the performer's entourage who were involved in the shootout. The two defendants deny wrongdoing.

Lil' Kim, whose real name is Kimberly Jones, is charged with one count of conspiracy, three counts of perjury, three counts of making false statements and one count of obstruction. The obstruction count carries a maximum prison term of 10 years and all the other charges carry possible five-year terms.

The case stems from a Feb. 25, 2001, incident outside Hot 97 radio station, where Jones and associates from the rap group Junior M.A.F.I.A. had appeared as on-air guests.

After they left the studio, members of Jones' entourage and a rival hip-hop group were involved in a shootout, in which one man was injured. A video showed Jones standing on the street during the shootout and then jumping into a limo with people suspected in the incident.

Jones and Dopwell were indicted for lying to the grand jury about their knowledge of the shooters and the motive behind the incident.

Two other members of the entourage, Damion Butler and Suif Jackson, were originally indicted in the case, but they have pleaded guilty.

Jones, who plays up the image of a sexy, scantily clad gangstress as Lil' Kim, won a Grammy Award in 2001 for teaming up with Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya and Missy Elliott for a remake of "Lady Marmalade," on the soundtrack to the hit film "Moulin Rouge."

Lil' Kim Calls Press Conference To Profess Her Innocence

Rapper also announces creation of charity called Lil' Kim Cares.

"My name is Kimberly, 'Lil' Kim,' and I am innocent," the headline-grabbing rapper said Monday at a press conference at the Bryant Park Hotel. "Throughout my life and throughout my career, I've been a survivor."
Accompanied by her lawyer Mel Sachs, the Queen Bee spoke out against the judicial system, calling her upcoming trial for perjury and obstruction of justice nothing more than a witch hunt .

"This case is part of the government's continued indictment against hip-hop and the hip-hop industry," she fumed. "My innocence will soon be proved. To my fans, friends and loved ones, I want to say thank you. Thank you for believing in me and believing in my innocence."

Kim was indicted in April on charges stemming from her alleged involvement in a 2001 shooting outside the offices of New York radio station Hot 97. Prosecutors claim she lied to investigators and a grand jury by telling them she wasn't present at the time of the shooting and that she didn't know at least one of the suspects involved . Last month she pleaded innocent in U.S. District Court in New York; her trial is scheduled to begin on February 28.

Sachs said he remained confident that his client would be exonerated, insisting that her original testimony was "extracted out of context and magnified out of proportion." Kim vowed not to let the trial impede her life, personally or professionally, and went on to make a couple of official unveilings.

She announced the creation of an organization called Lil' Kim Cares, which she said will work in conjunction with other charitable organizations to help battered women, runaway children and homeless people. Kim herself was abused, ran away from home and was homeless at different points in her life.

The rapper also showcased a timepiece from her Royalty watch line, which she described as "bold, sexy and sophisticated. Basically everything that I am."

Kim, who was just in Miami recording a new LP with her boyfriend, producer Scott Storch, said she wants her new album to remain true to her roots, but she noted that she also wants to devise a project that'll make a difference in the ever-changing music climate.

"Look for versatility," she advised. "Look for rock, look for R&B, look for hip-hop, look for inspirational points; that's what this industry needs."

Besides Storch, Kim said she's also worked with Timbaland and hopes to secure some tracks from Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes.

Lil' Kim Indicted For Lying About Hot 97 Shootout With Capone

Rapper faces multiple charges stemming from three-year-old incident that occurred outside offices of New York radio station. Lil' Kim was indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice Wednesday by a grand jury in a New York federal courtroom. The charge stems from the rapper's alleged involvement in a three-year-old shootout that occurred outside the offices of New York radio station Hot 97.

The 28-year-old MC, whose real name is Kimberly Jones, is charged with conspiracy to commit perjury, make false statements and obstruct justice; perjury before the grand jury; the making of false statements; and obstruction of justice, according to court documents.

Indictments occur when a grand jury decides that there is sufficient evidence for a case to go to trial. They do not determine guilt. Kim is expected to appear in court to face the charges at an arraignment hearing scheduled for Wednesday afternoon (April 14).

The rapper allegedly lied to investigators about her involvement in the shooting, which left one man, Efrain Ocasio, shot in the back. The initial police report said Kim was not present when shots rang out just after 3 p.m. on February 25, 2001, but two days later they determined she was on the scene. When questioned by police the following day in her New Jersey home, Kim claimed to have no knowledge of what caused the bullets to fly and refused to tell police who had accompanied her to the radio station.

Kim and her friend Monique Dopwell (a.k.a. Mo Betta) also allegedly lied when later questioned by a grand jury in connection with the investigation.

Police believe the dispute stemmed from an ongoing feud between Kim and rap rival Foxy Brown. As Lil' Kim and her entourage left WQHT-FM's Houston Street offices, Capone, of rap duo Capone-N-Noreaga, and his companions were entering. At the time, Capone-N-Noreaga's latest album, The Reunion, included the track "Bang Bang," on which Foxy Brown called Kim's album Notorious K.I.M. "weak" and "lame." Words were exchanged between the two groups before gunfire erupted .

According to the indictment, Kim and Dopwell, who also faces the same perjury charge, were outside when Damion Butler (a.k.a. D-Roc), Suif Jackson (a.k.a. C-Gutta) and at least one other person fired guns, including a fully automatic Mac-11 machine gun, outside the radio station.

Butler, 33, has been charged with possession of a firearm, while Jackson, 34, faces that charge and two for illegal possession of a machine gun and transportation of that weapon across state lines, having brought the gun with him from New Jersey.

In her grand-jury testimony, Kim claimed that Butler was not with her at the time and that she didn't even know Jackson.

If convicted, Kim and Dopwell each face a maximum sentence of more than 30 years behind bars: five years in prison for conspiracy, five years on each of the perjury counts, five years on each of the false-statement counts, and 10 years on the obstruction-of-justice charge.

The rift between Lil' Kim and Foxy Brown seems to have started — on wax, at least — with Lil' Cease's "Play Around" in 1999, on which Kim first took a lyrical swing at Brown. Notorious K.I.M. furthered the war of words between the feuding female MCs.

A week after the incident, Brown proposed an end to the feud, but Kim never responded.

A separate indictment charged Butler and Lil' Kim's manager Hillary Weston with conspiracy to misuse a passport and the misuse of a U.S. passport. Butler allegedly secured a passport in someone else's name and then used that passport to travel internationally with Weston.

If convicted on all charges, Butler could receive maximum prison sentences of 10 years on the firearms charge, five years on the passport-fraud-conspiracy charge, and 10 years on each of the passport-fraud charges.

Weston, 33, faces a maximum prison sentence of 15 years. Jackson could receive as much as 10 years on each of his four firearms charges. Both Butler and Jackson are currently in jail on other charges.

Lil' Kim Launching Clothing Line — Fashion And Active Wear, But No Pasties Yet

Rapper describes line as clothing for 'the trendy fashionista.'
When it comes to fashion, Lil' Kim is perhaps better known for what she's not wearing than what she is. However, the Queen Bee is looking to change that with the launch of her Hollyhood clothing line.

Described as clothing for "the trendy fashionista," Hollyhood will be designed by Kim and feature a collection of tops, denim, active and fashion wear for women, with prices ranging from $25 to $200. There will also be a more upscale and limited-edition collection designed with special attention by Lil' Kim, ranging from $75 to $2000. The line will be available at select specialty and department stores worldwide in the fall of next year.

"I've always expressed my love for fashion through my music," Kim said in a statement. "Hollyhood is a label for those who believe in my philosophy that there are no rules when it comes to fashion — it's about having fun and choosing to dress in a way that makes you feel good."

While the launch of Hollyhood marks Kim's entrance into fashion, the diminutive diva has already been dabbling in jewelry. In August, she launched her Royalty watch line.

This year has been an eventful one for the Queen Bee. In April, Kim was indicted on perjury and obstruction of justice charges related to 2001 shooting incident at New York radio station Hot 97 . She later pleaded innocent in U.S. District Court in New York; her trial is scheduled to begin on February 28.

On a more positive note, Kim launched Lil' Kim Cares, an organization to help battered women, runaway children and homeless people. She was also the subject of an undergraduate English class at Syracuse University that focused on the cultural significance of her lyrics. The class entitled "Introduction to Race and Discourse: Hip-Hop Eshu: Queen B@#$H 101" centered on hip-hop and "black life in Africa's diaspora" as well as gender and sexuality issues, with a focus on the rapper.


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