Battle Royal

For someone who calls herself the Queen of Rap, Lil Kim sure doesn’t seem concerned with appearing regal or aloof. Case in point: On the heels of (actual queen) Elizabeth II’s restrained Diamond Jubilee revelry, Kim took to Twitter to marinate her ongoing beef with Young Money emcee Nicki Minaj saying, “Hot damn ho here we go again.”

Minaj’s diss song “Stupid Ho” and assorted name-calling aside, Kim’s breaking her way back into the world of mainstream hip-hop with a forthcoming, yet-untitled album and the Return of the Queen Tour that has featured appearances from Kim-friendly female guests like Missy Elliot (whose comeback our fingers are crossed for), Eve, and obviously Drita D’Avanzo from Mob Wives.

Fri., June 15, 8:30 p.m., 2012
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