News: Lil Kim Describes B.I.G. As Notorious-ly Cautious, "Big Was Very Protective Of Me, Like Overprotective"
Friday, Mar 16, 2012 9:30AM
Brooklyn rap veteran Lil Kim recently reflected on her late hip-hop mentor Notorious B.I.G. and just how close of a bond they had at the start of her career.
According to Kim, B.I.G. always looked out for her and even went to unsual extremes to do so.
"Big was very protective of me, like overprotective," she said in an interview. Kim recalled one incident where she and Diddy's Bad Boy crew had a run-in with Jodeci in a hotel. "Me and Keisha from Total were in the hallway talking to Dalvin and, I think, JoJo," she remembered. "Puffy and Big were looking for us, and when they found us, Big just started draggin' me by my coat and Puff was like, 'We don't eff with them. What are y'all doin' talkin' to them?'" Despite the incident, Jodeci later wanted to include Lil' Kim on a remix of their 1995 single "Luv U 4 Life" and offered her a lot of money to do it, but Big, who was both Kim's musical mentor and lover, vetoed the feature. "At that time, it was the beginning of my career; I hadn't seen that much money for one record," Kim recalled. "So Big comes to where I was stayin' and he's like, 'You ain't goin' nowhere, I'm gonna go out there to see what's goin' on,' " Kim remembered of Biggie's interference while laughing. "He locks me in the room; he was like, 'Oh you ain't gonna go do no song with them.'" (MTV)
She recently spoke on Biggie's competitive side when matched up with rapper Jay-Z.
On "RapFix Live," Lil' Kim spoke on the Notorious One's relationship with Jigga. "He and Jay-Z just had this adorable friendship -- it was the cutest," she said. "They were so competitive with each other, but it was such a friendly competitiveness, and I loved it, because that's how it's supposed to be when you like somebody." (RapFix)
Last year, the Queen Bee reflected on how much of an impact Notorious B.I.G. had on society.
"I will say this though, I will say that I always felt like Biggie and Tupac's deaths were bigger than how they tried to make it out to believe it to be," Kim explained in an interview. "It's bigger than [former Death Row Records owner] Suge Knight being involved. I think it was even over his head. Them two were very powerful guys. They both could have ran for mayor just like Arnold Schwarzenegger and probably [have] won. You know, I think the government was looking at it like, 'We could not have these two hood dudes with this much power running for mayor and something like that and winning.' They would have lost control I think. I think it was way deeper than what people would like it to be." (Lady T Video)
Although no arrest has been made for Biggie's 1997 fatal slaying, a new lead became public last year.
Eight years later in 2005, a civil trial brought by the Wallace family against the city of Los Angeles exposed evidence hidden by the LAPD that suggests two rogue police officers David Mack and Rafael Perez may have been involved in the murder of the rapper also known as "Biggie Smalls". According to a newly-revealed court record, Perez's cellmate told investigators "Perez and Mack were involved in Death Row Records. Perez got involved in Death Row through Mack.." "Perez was working security. Perez had a cell phone. Perez said he called over to Mack, David Mack on his cell phone. Perez told Mack that Biggie Smalls was in his truck. Perez never said that he set up Biggie Smalls but I have heard that he...had something to do with that murder," according to the inmate. (CBS News)
Check out some recent Lil Kim footage below: