Kimberly Denise Jones (aka Queen Bee) tumbled into the world 38 years ago today. She spent most of her adolescent life on the streets of Brooklyn, NY after being kicked out of her house. She went to the same high school as Nas and Foxy Brown and worked as a cashier at Bloomingdale's for a short time. As a fan of female rappers Lady of Rage and MC Lyte, she began rapping for fun. Her raps soon impressed The Notorious B.I.G., who asked her to join Junior M.A.F.I.A. After great success with the debut LP Conspiracy, Lil' Kim released her first solo LP, the raunch-rap classic Hard Core. Civil Rights activist C. Delores Tucker referred to Kim's lyrics as "gangsta porno rap." Most of the rest of the world couldn't get enough.
- "Lil Kim the Queen Bee, so you best take heed. Shall I proceed? Yes indeed!"
Lil' Kim released more records that shifted many units. in 2001, she teamed up with Christina Aguilera, Pink, and Mýa to remake "Lady Marmalade" which earned her a Grammy Award. She also remade "In the Air Tonight" with Phil Collins, which is not about refusing to help a person drowning. In 2005, Lil' Kim was sentenced to one year and one day in a Federal Detention Center for lying to a grand jury during an assault trial. Before heading to prison, BET premiered a show called Lil' Kim: Countdown to Lockdown, which detailed her life preparing for confinement.
- "Pete and his crew saved the Skylab. He was one hell of a guy." -Tom Stafford
On this day in 1979, the space station known as Skylab re-entered the Earth's atmosphere out of control. As the world prepared for the possibility of the flying machine to crash down anywhere, mounds of money were made on t-shirts and hats sporting Skylab bulls eyes. The San Francisco Examiner offered a $10,000 reward to the first person who could deliver a piece of spaceship to it's offices. After crumbling apart in the sky, most of Skylab landed in Western Australia. 17 year-old Stan Thornton found 24 pieces of debris and was flown to San Francisco (along with his parents and a girlfriend) by a Philadelphia businessman to collect the reward. What a nice guy!
In 1979, a UK band called The Monks (not the US / German army Monks) released a brilliant track called "Skylab" on their LP Bad Habits: