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ICYMI: Lil Kim To Drop Mixtape At 9:11 P.M



Today, September 11, Lil Kim will be dropping her highly anticipated mixtape at exactly 9:11 p.m. Hard Core will be the Queen Bee’s first album since 2011′s Black Friday.

Earlier this week, Kim released the cover art for the forthcoming tape, which features a black panther sprawled out on a red, plush carpet. The panther stares intensely into the camera in a diamond necklace, while a portrait of Kim is perfectly positioned above a fireplace. The artwork is reminiscent of the cover for the rapper’s 1996 same title debut album.

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The star’s upcoming mixtape was originally set to drop in October 2013, but clearly experienced several delays … One we are pretty sure is the birth of Kim’s baby girl. The 40-year-old gave birth to Royal Reign on June 9 at the Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey.

And although Kim has been busy changing diapers and being an awesome mom, the star is making sure we all remember who the real queen of rap is. Last month, Kimberly Denise Jones, the rapper’s legal name, dropped a surprise remix to Beyonce’s “Flawless.” The star has also jumped on Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot Ni**a,” Rae Sremmurd’s “No Flex Zone,” and Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy.”

Sound off: Are you looking forward to Lil Kim’s album?


Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice



Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.

On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.

It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.

So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.

“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”

Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”

And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.

For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”

Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.

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