“I like a real subtle guy who’s getting paper. A father figure because me and my father weren’t really that close. Like Biggie—he sheltered me. I like a protector. Fathers don’t let nothin’ happen to their baby girl.” —Lil’ Kim, VIBE 1997
DJ Clark Kent: Big was married to Faith. You can’t forget that. Kim was never the one. It sounds harsh, but that’s just the truth.
Shaka Don: One Christmas, Kim was at Big’s house and Faith caught them in bed sleeping. They didn’t have any clothes on, and she started beating on them. Kim jumped up, threw on one of Big’s coats—a black fur coat. And she came in my house in a yellow cab with no clothes on under that coat. I gave her some clothes; and we jumped in my truck, grabbed the gun and went over there. We tore Faith’s truck up and then went knocking on Big’s door. They called the cops, and we heard the sirens and got out of there.
York: Big was a very complicated guy. I know he cared about Kim in his own way. But it was messy.
Shaka Don: We were at Puffy’s studio [Daddy’s House]. Kim had a session, and something jumped off with Faith. Faith was in a car with Zip, who was in charge of Puff’s security at the time. We followed them from Puffy’s studio, and Kim jumped out the car and pulled a gun out on Faith. Zip said, “Shaka, you have to get her out of here!” Kim said, “I will blow that bitch brains out!”
Shaka Don: Kim called Big’s house from my crib one day and [Philadelphia rapper] Charli [Baltimore] called back and said, “Who is this?” Kim was like, “What do you mean who is this?” Charli said Big told her that Kim was just his artist. That hurt Kim. He’s telling Kim, “I love you and I’m always going to love you.” Then he basically told her, “But I’m no good for you.”
- From a June/July 2011 Vibe
Magazine story The Diary of Kimberly Jones
, featuring an oral history of the beginnings of Lil Kim’s career and relationship with Biggie Smalls