It’s been nearly 14 years since Lil’ Kim released an album. But the Queen Bee is finally ready to make her return.
During a visit to Funkmaster Flex at Hot 97, where she reflected on the 22nd anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.’s death, Kim revealed the title of her long-awaited fifth album—Nine.
“It’s called Nine and there’s a lot of meaning behind that,” said Kim.
As fans pointed out, the number nine has a lot of significance to Kim. March 9 is the day Biggie died and June 9 is the day her daughter Royal Reign was born. This is also her ninth project, including four albums and four mixtapes.
Nine marks Kim’s first album since 2005’s The Naked Truth, which debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200. Last month, she dropped her new single “Go Awff,” for which a video is expected to debut soon.
During her interview with Flex, Kim also revealed that she’s planning a “super special” event in honor of Biggie’s birthday in May, which may include a reunion with Junior M.A.F.I.A.
“If we’re all going to come together as a family again, everybody has to feel like there’s a respect there,” said Kim. “What I would like to see happen in my perfect world is me, the whole Junior M.A.F.I.A., Un [Lance Rivera], Faith [Evans], Ma$e… If Puff would be willing to be a part of what we want to do, it would be amazing.”