Lil' Kim // Artist Instagram
On Tuesday (March 26), the veteran rapper took to Instagram to casually drop the release date for her forthcoming album, Nine. The project, which is due out on May 17, marks her first full-length studio album in 14 years.
To add to the excitement, the Brooklyn native will also be dropping the accompany visual for her her xx-sampling track, "Go Awff," on Friday (March 29).
During a recent performance in Atlantic City, Lil' Kim announced the existence of her upcoming fifth album, Nine. As fans were quick to point out, the album's title presumably alludes to both her daughter, Royal Reign, being born on June 9 and the day of close friend and collaborator The Notorious B.I.G's murder on May 9.
"Alright, while I'm here, f--k it," she shared, greeting a crowd over the weekend. "Nine, the album. It's my fifth album. I got some s--t for y'all. One of my favorites is this record I got with Ricky Rozay. Crazy."
Over the years, Lil' Kim has remained active on the music scene despite last dropping a studio album in 2005 (The Naked Truth). She has dropped four mixtapes, including Ms. G.O.A.T. (2008), Black Friday (2011), Hard Core 2K14 (2014), and Lil' Kim Season (2016), as well as has lent her talents for select guest features, including on Remy Ma's track, "Wake Me Up."
Take a look at Lil' Kim announcing the release date for her highly anticipated album, Nine, below.