‘Go Awff’ and Cop That New Lil’ Kim Album, 9, Her First in 14 Years

Lil Kim performs onstage during the 4th Annual TIDAL X: Brooklyn at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on Oct. 23, 2018, in New York City.
Photo: Theo Wargo (Getty Images for TIDAL)

Don’t come for me Beyonce fans, but before there was Queen Bey, there was that Queen Bitch—Brooklyn spitta, down-ass chick, Biggie’s girl, and one very nice emcee, Kimberly Jones, aka Lil’ Kim.

Kim officially let fans know at an Atlantic City over the weekend that she would be soon releasing her fifth studio album, 9, via Entertainment One (eOne).

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The 13-song album—her first album in 14 years—features some hittas including Rick Ross, Remy Ma, Rich the Kid, Fabolous, Musiq Soulchild, as well as production from Buda & Grandz, Mark Henry, Noc, and others, according to the label.

The lead single from 9 is “Go Awff,” produced by SoundwaVve and Eritza; the video was directed by Damien Sandoval and choreographed by Laurieann Gibson, paying homage to that good life, replete with couture, glam, private jets and all that jazz.

Though the lead single is not really a showcase of her more hardcore rapping skills (it’s more sing-songy, ya know?), I ain’t mad. How bout you?

In other Kim news, she just tweeted last night that she lost her cousin to gun violence. Our condolences to her and her family.

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Angela Helm

Ms. Bronner Helm is a Contributing Editor at The Root. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.