After a nearly 30-year career in the music industry, Lil’ Kim is about ready to share her life story with the world. According to PEOPLE, the Brooklyn emcee is gearing up for the release of her forthcoming memoir, The Queen Bee.
Kim, born Kimberly Denise Jones, started her career as a teenager, rapping alongside The Notorious B.I.G. and other members of the group Junior M.A.F.I.A. After success with the late rapper and his group, she branched off to start her solo career and has since cemented her name as one of rap’s iconic women emcees, blessing fans with raunchy lyrics, fashionable looks and a few albums along the way.
Her career, however, has not gone without its obstacles. The emcee suffered the loss of Biggie, experienced a stint in prison for lying about her friends’ involvement in a shooting and more, all of which she will discuss in her memoir.
“Lil’ Kim not only blazed trails for women in Hip-Hop, but also inspired the careers of those who followed,” read a statement from the publisher. “However, life at the top hasn’t been easy, either. Lil’ Kim also talks about the hidden moments of her reign: her complicated high-profile relationships, the misogynistic industry she fought to change through sex positivity, the challenging double standards of self-image and beauty in the spotlight, and the momentous act of loyalty that ultimately landed her in prison.”
“A true page-turner from start to finish,” the statement continued. “The Queen Bee will reportedly be “as every bit as fierce, empowering, and badass as the woman at the heart of this story — and firmly cements her legacy as a true feminist icon.”
Kim’s forthcoming book — which is co-written by Kathy Iandoli — is the first time she will tell her own story after Naturi Naughton’s portrayal of her in the 2009 film, Notorious, which she believes didn’t do her justice. She also hopes to have her story told in a biopic so that fans can get the opportunity to know “the real Kim.” If that plan comes to fruition, Teyana Taylor or an aspiring actress from Brooklyn are in the running to play her in a show.
The Queen Bee will be published by Hachette Books and is slated to be released on Nov. 2.
“I’m excited to finally get to tell my story after all this time,” Lil’ Kim told PEOPLE in a recent interview. “Many people have thought they knew the story of Lil’ Kim, but they have no idea.”