Over the past few years, Lil’ Kim has made headlines less and less for her work in music and more so for her drastic transformation into what has now culminated with her almost being completely unrecognizable. It has us wondering- what is the seemingly troubled 41-year-old worth in 2016? Find out about Lil’ Kim 2016 net worth here.
Lil Kim debuted on the hip-hope scene in 1995, becoming one of the first female rapper to successfully captivate both audiences and critics across the country. Ever since, her career has been defined by both feuds and a series of ups-and-downs.
A close friend and partner of legendary rapper Notorious B.I.G., Lil’ Kim became a fixture in the hip-hop community thanks to their friendship, but his subsequent tragic death stalled the release of her second album until 2000.
Not long after, in March 2001, Lil’ Kim would receive the highest honor in music- she earned a Grammy for her work on the remake of the single “Lady Marmalade.”
Lil’ Kim’s career was unfortunately interrupted from her success yet again after she was sentenced to jail for lying to a grand jury about a shooting that happened between her entourage and the entourage of her enemy Foxy Brown.
In 2014 after turning to reality TV in order to get her post-prison career back on track, Lil’ Kim faced a series of crippling financial troubles that had many sources reporting she was close to bankruptcy.
For one, she was hit was an IRS tax bill of $126,000. For two, this was around the same time she was ordered to pay $186,000 to her former lawyers. According to ClassicALite.com, Lil’ Kim was forced to turn to fans for help with purchases.
And this wasn’t Lil’ Kim’s first trouble with taxes. In 2005, The New York Times reported that the rapper owed over $1 million in back taxes to the IRS despite purchasing a $2.3 million home the year prior.
Just a couple years later, sources report that Lil’ Kim oversees an $18 million fortune.
We argue that despite the rapper’s mild relevance in present-day pop culture (she does hang out with America’s royalty, Kim Kardashian), her financial and legal troubles of the past haven caused it to be significantly lower- $10 million or less. After all, her drastic transformation is thanks in part to years of reported plastic surgery- which we all know does not come cheap!