Lil’ Kim has been making her way across the country on her “Return of the Queen” tour. During a stop in Chicago, the Queen Bee visited Power 92 where she sat down for an interview with Tone Kapone. When she wasn’t flirting with the on-air host, she discussed her book, new single, and hinted at an upcoming tour with Missy Elliott and Eve.
Lil’ Kim kicked off her “Return of the Queen” tour with some fellow members of hip-hop royalty. The Queen Bee had the Paradise Theater in the Bronx buzzing when she brought Eve and Missy Elliott to the stage to perform “Hot Boyz.”
The crowd went wild as Eve delivered her verse from the 1999 single, while a shy Missy danced on stage in a cloud of smoke. Kimmy Blanco also rubbed elbows with Drita Davanzo of VH1’s “Mob Wives,” Juelz Santana, Cassidy, and Mr. Cheeks, who joined her on “The Jump Off.”
“This was my night ya’ll!!” tweeted Eve. “@LilKim who killed it onstage tonight!!! @MissyEllliott and Pepa from Salt and Pep.”
Check out footage from the rap divas’ reunion below.
Old school and new school will meet up at this year’s Rock the Bells festival. Missy Elliott and Timbaland, Nas, Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony, Kid Cudi, Ice Cube, Salt-N-Pepa, J. Cole, and 2 Chainz are among this year’s performers.
Missy Elliott has kept her fans waiting seven years for a new album, but it promises to be worth the wait. The trailblazing rapper has been in the studio with her partner-in-rhyme Timbaland working on the long-awaited follow-up to 2005’s The Cookbook. Rap-Up TV spoke with one of Missy’s best friends, Monica, who shared her excitement over her long-awaited return.
“Missy is missing from music and hip-hop because there’s no one as creative, as dedicated,” said the R&B songstress, who collaborated with Missy on her latest album New Life. “She thinks outside the box, but at the same time, draws you in the box that she’s in. She’s able to make visuals of things that I’ve never even dreamed of. I think hip-hop really needs her right now.”
She’s been lucky enough to hear some of Missy’s latest material. “I’ve heard some new music and all I can tell you is that Missy is at her absolute best when she’s at peace with herself and there’s no pressure,” she shared. “She’s been able to work on her record with a host of real talented people and reinvent herself all over again.”
Is another collaboration on the horizon? “She told me she wanted me to do something on the new record and we never did it,” said Mo, who has a house nearby Missy in Atlanta. “What I do is I just go to the house and we just make music. No time restraints, nobody watching us, nobody coming in between us, we just do it, so I think it will happen.”
Timbaland kept it real when he stopped by Power 105.1’s “The Breakfast Club.” The super-producer reminisced on the past and looked to the future, speaking about the return of Missy Elliott, his upcoming album Shock Value III (which he personally calls Ezekiel’s Wheel), a Drake and Aaliyah collaboration, and where Aaliyah would be if she was alive today.
Missy Elliott hasn’t set foot on the stage in a minute, but she resurfaced last night at a celebration for Hennessy’s Wild Rabbit campaign at Highline Stages in New York. Following an introduction from Erykah Badu, Timbaland got the crowd hype with his hits before bringing out Missy, who sported a bedazzled Jeremy Scott adidas track jacket.
The partners-in-rhyme, who both have new albums dropping this year, debuted new material including “Triple Threat” and “9th Inning,” which samples lyrics from Run-DMC’s “Here We Go (Live at the Funhouse),” accompanied by hip-hop dance duo Les Twins.
“Imma make u dance u dance Imma TRIPLE THREAT! Love u timbo! Feels like old times! 90,s” tweeted Missy.