Interview: Brian “B.Dot” Miller
On the track “Notorious B.I.G.” from Biggie’s posthumous album Born Again, Lil’ Kim bragged about switching her style like that hottest new dances. Well tonight, Kimberly gets a chance to cut a rug on the season premier of the hit ABC reality program Dancing With The Stars. Hours before slipping into her heels, Kim spoke to RapRadar about the show, her label situation, and Biggie’s thoughts on Notorious.
When I first came home to prison they actually called to get me on the show then, but my life was so hectic. I was still on house arrest for a month, and it was hard for me to maneuver. They wanted me to come in then, but I couldn’t do it. Wasn’t the right timing. So I said, “Let me do it this year” cause we really love the show.
How were you able to watch the show from jail?
I was in a federal prison, so we had a little bit amenities than most of the prisons. But, it was really a bad prison. It wasn’t like I was in a camp or anything. I was in a prison, prison. But the prison I was in, we only got to watch 10 channels.
Were you controlling the jailhouse television set?
[Laughs] We had to agree on what channels we were watching because sometimes fights break out. The crazy thing is all of us like the same shows, mostly. But what happens though is that when there are fights over the shows, they take the TV from us for the whole week. But Dancing With The Stars believe it or not was the number one show [in jail].
What do you think of all the dancing in hip-hop these days?
The times change. I like it. I really don’t have a problem with it because music is music. If it’s a song that I don’t like, I don’t like it. But I know a lot of people who have their little sayings about the Soulja Boy dance. I ain’t gon front, I like it. I was doing it the Superman in my kitchen. I ain’t gon front. [laughs]
Aside from a few features, you’ve been relatively quiet on the music end. What gives?
I been getting my priorities and my business straight. I mean, the last couple years was a fight for me because I been trying to get off my record label and I finally did it. So, I’m independent now and that’s one of the reasons I was under the radar.
I got tons of offers, sort of like a small bidding war right now for who is going to be my partner. I’m definitely trying to get [that] off the ground cause a lot of artists come to me and say, “Kim, I wanna rock with you!” and I be like, “Dag, only if my shit was set up right now.”
Your new record, “Download” samples Zapp’s “Computer Love.” What was the motivation behind that?
“Computer Love” was one of my favorite, favorite, favorite records. And just before I went to prison I heard the song. I was like, “Yo, with computers being the new wave of communication and the new cell phone, and the new everything, I’m like this is so perfect. I got to do this song over.” So I said I’m a make a song that’s strictly about making love on the computers.Is your new album entitled Vintage?
No, that’s was something somebody put out there. I’m hoping the time the show is over I can release my album or at least my first single.
Well, it depends on when the album comes out. But, I’m praying that I get the chance to put it on there because the record is with the Track Masters whom I had a deal with. They are going to have that record on their [DJ Envy's] compilation. But, I feel positive that we can put it on my album. So we’ll see. It depends on how soon my album comes out also.Switching gears, you’ve been publicly unsupportive of Notorious. If Biggie were alive, do you think he would’ve been pleased with the film?
I’m a very spiritual person and he’s come to me many of times in my dreams. But, I don’t think he’s happy at all, at all! Because Ms. Wallace doesn’t know Biggie at all and she barley knows Christopher, if you know what I mean. At all! And I was around. Even before he blew up so crazy, so I know how he felt about his mom. And Biggie was so much more than what they put him out to be in that movie. And to be honest with you, I know for a fact he’s not happy. He’s not satisfied at all. At all. And regardless of the fact, everybody who is involved in this movie, he has love for. Everybody. But at the end of the day, he knows who’s who and what’s what. Believe that. And let me tell you something, the way he’s feeling is going to come out. Like, trust me. Everything is going to come out later. You’re going to see who he really loved and the ones that’s standing up for him the right way is the ones representing him the right way.
At this point, do you think he’d want you to reconcile with Lil’ Cease?
I think after what Cease did, no. I’m going to tell you what my spiritual connection from Biggie is telling me, “Don’t look back, just do you” and that’s why my success is right here for me. I’m moving in a very positive direction, I don’t care what nobody say. They can have all the negativity and all the bull. Biggie said “Don’t look back. Forget Cease, forget all of them because they going to be sorry. Cause what they did was wrong” and he knows it.
Fair enough. But didn’t you want Christina Milian to play you in the movie?
Just know how they put that crap out there is straight bull. That’s not the truth. Christina Milian is a real good friend of mine and she happened to be on the phone with me at the time and we talked, you know what I mean? And she knew how unhappy I was. And at the end of the day, I had a couple of friends that’s in Hollywood that was like Kim, “I’ll do that, I know you very well. I’ll play it for you.” So I wanted to get someone who actually knew me and knew my sexiness and knew my sophistication and who can pull it off. But at the end of the day, the movie wasn’t about me. If it wasn’t about me, then why did you show the personal [stuff]? Why didn’t you show me as a part of the group? They basically sensationalized the movie around Lil’ Kim. I’m the only person that they’re like talking about.
But what about how your character was portrayed?
[The] whole point and the matter of the fact [is that] I should’ve got to pick the girl that played me. And not necessarily Christina Milian or whoever else, but she could’ve damn sure played it better than that girl and I know that because Christina is my friend. But at the end of the day, that’s not who I would’ve picked. I wouldn’t have picked Chrisitina Milian to be honest with you. I wouldn’t have picked a known actress. I would’ve went to Brooklyn [and] had a casting call to be honest with you. Because there is nobody who could’ve pulled off that Lil’ Kim-Brooklyn feeling besides a Brooklyn girl who grew up in Brooklyn and knows what that’s like. That’s what I would’ve done.