At just 4′ 11″, Lil’ Kim was evidently shorter than her Junior M.A.F.I.A. cohort, but her stage presence was unmatched. Halfway through the collective’s set as part of Budweiser’s Celebrate Biggie: A Concert Fit For A King, Live From Brooklyn to honor of the late, great Notorious B.I.G., the opening bass of 1997’s “All About The Benjamins” spread across the Lena Horne Bandshell venue and phones went in the air in anticipation for the woman responsible for outlining the blueprint — both visually and lyrically — of female rap.
Backstage of the show, which also featured performances from DJ Steph Cakes, DJ Stretch Armstrong, The LOX and Busta Rhymes, the rapper was quite the opposite of her rambunctious stage persona. In a Dolce & Gabbana leopard jumpsuit with her hair almost as long as her body, Kim was giggly, soft and maternal to her daughter, Royal, 7, who joined her in the dressing room. Despite some technical difficulties with sound, the rapper kept her cool