Lil’ Kim is speaking out to “Extra’s” Nate Burleson after she was confronted by PETA supporters in NYC yesterday.
Kim was arriving at a press appearance when she was met by protesters, with one woman yelling things like, “Stop wearing fur.”
Today, at our Levi’s studio in NYC, she told Nate, “I do not mind protesting. I think you should definitely stand up for your right. I love, love animals… However, you do not take things into your own hands. You do not get aggressive. You do not jump into anyone’s space.”
The rapper added, “Peaceful protests mean more than anything… Go ahead, PETA, keep doing what you do. I am supporting you from a distance if you’re not in my upper space trying to violate. At the end of the day, I understand what you are fighting for.”
Lil’ Kim is days away from releasing “9,” her first new album in 14 years. She said, “I get excited when I start to drop projects because I am letting out my inner talent. All the stuff I wanted to do.”
She confirmed some collaborators on the album, including Musiq Soulchild, Rick Ross, Rich the Kid, O.T. Genasis and City Girls. She also has a part two in the works with other featured artists.
Kim explained her favorite number is seven, but “nine has always been my ‘favored’ number.”
She noted some significant connections to the number, including that her daughter Royal Reign, 5, was born on June 9; her friend Biggie Smalls passed away on March 9; and there were nine members of the original Junior M.A.F.I.A. The album is also dropping in the year 2019.
“This was the year… everything has been aligning perfectly,” she said.
Kim was thinking of Royal when she made the album, saying, “There are songs children can listen to, too.”
As for what fans can look forward to, the star shared, “Expect variety, expect Kimmy to get a little different. I got to grow, I’ve got to reinvent myself, I’ve gotta show I am still that fly… At the same time I am a classic, but I am in the now and I will be in the future.”
The “Magic Stick” rapper just received BET’s Icon Award at the BET Hip Hop Awards and shared, “It meant the world because sometimes you feel like you aren’t being appreciated… You want to be recognized. We work hard. For years, I thought I would never get one and I get the mother of all mother awards. Thank you, BET.”
Lil’ Kim’s new album, “9,” drops Friday.