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Rapper Lil Kim was spotted doing some early morning retail therapy at Balmain on Melrose Place after a night of partying at Floyd Mayweather's 43rd birthday bash in Hollywood.

The iconic rapper is in heavy demand for appearances at music festivals. The mom-of-one is booked to appear at Snoop Dogg's Lovers & Friends music festival. Lil Kim took to social media to announce "The check has cleared."

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The 44-year-old "Get Money" rapper is also booked to perform at Atlanta Funk Fest 2020 on the weekend of May 29 and 30. Kim is on the bill alongside Missy Elliott, Ludacris, Xscape, T.I., The-Dream, Bobby V, Tweet and more.

Tickets are available at the Funk Fest website or call 1-800-514-3849.

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Lil Kim is not at all insulted that Beyonce Knowles-Carter has repeatedly jacked her "Queen Bee" alias over the years.

The original Queen Bee says the hotel lobby singer is welcome to call herself "queen bey" because she's earned the title.

"I feel like Beyonce rightfully so has the right to call herself Queen Bee as well. Her name is Bey-once."

 

The 45-year-old Brooklyn MC was honored when Beyonce and her husband, Jay-Z, dressed up as her and Notorious BIG for Halloween in 2017.

"Lil Kim Appreciation. Hip Hop would not be the same without our original Queen B," Kim wrote on her website.

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But Kim has no love for Beyonce's "disrespectful" fans.

"I feel like some of her fans that's disrespectful. 'Cause some of them be like 'Y'all both the queen bees.' Some of her fans are so respectful and some of them just give it up. 'Cause she even did. She was like the original Queen Bey, and that was love to me."

Kim says she was the original beehive before Beyonce's fans jacked it.

"That was me, and then I had a group… That was my whole thing. I was the beehive. My fans kind of adapted the name. It's so funny because even back then my fans would run up like, 'I'm beehive! I'm a part of the beehive!' They would be following me and they would all come to my concerts, and they would wear shirts with the bees on them and say they were the beehive.

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Lil Kim's debut studio album, Hard Core (1996), set the standard for female rappers from MC Lyte to Nicki Minaj to follow. The album was certified double platinum and sold over 6 million copies.

It was on her debut album that Kim first referenced herself as the "bee" in her single "Queen Bitch".

"You wanna bumble with the bee?" She rapped on Puff Daddy's all-star track "All About The Benjamins" in 1997.

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But Kim says she doesn't mind Beyonce laying claim to the queen bee title because Kim prefers the title "icon".

"Oh my goodness, I love the word icon," Kim told The NY Post after receiving the I Am Hip Hop Award for career achievement at the BET Hip Hop Awards last month. "I love it. I embrace it. I'm happy to own it. I like inspiring other women. I love it — 'cause other women have inspired me."

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Lil Kim exchanged a few words with anti-fur PETA activists who waited to ambush the Queen Bee outside the AOL Build Series event in New York City on Tuesday. As she stepped out of her limo, the 45-year-old NY native told one PETA activist to "Back up!”
 

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The activists carried a sign that read: "LIL KIM ANIMAL ABUSER" and a poster that shows a slaughtered animal. "Animals get electrocuted!… Lil Kim stop wearing fur!" the female protester yelled at the rapper. As they moved closer to Kim, she repeated, "Back up, back up, back up, back up!" Lil Kim was held back by one of her bodyguards before fur and nails flew.
 

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What FUPA? Halle Berry, 53, showed off her trim figure after working out with her personal trainer at a gym in New York City on Tuesday.
 

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Janet Jackson, 53, is ready for fall as she rocked an orange bomber puffer jacket and black baggy pants with platform sneakers as she headed to catch her flight out of JFK airport in NYC.
 

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Cardi B was spotted out and about in West Hollywood on Tuesday. The rapper dressed conservatively in a white mini skirt with a powder blue cropped top, brown leather boots and topped it off with a chic matching beret. What do you think of Cardi's new look?
 

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Kelly Rowland was seen heading to the gym for a workout. Kelly was all smiles as she jogged to her car before heading to her workout. The 38-year-old Aquarius wore a black DOGPOUND sweatshirt and black leggings with black Nike sneakers. She didn't confirm rumors that she split from Tim Weatherspoon, her husband of 5 years, and the father of her only child, Titan, 4.
 

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Amber Rose is still pregnant. The 35-year-old mom-of-2 stepped out with her boyfriend Alexander Edwards for some wig shopping at a beauty supply store in Studio City, California on Tuesday. A spy said Alexander helped her pick out the perfect wig. The socialite wore an animal print dress paired with black Nike Shox sneakers.

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Andy Cohen's guest list for his late night talk show is getting shorter after he banned a number of guests from ever coming back on his show. The sensitive host of Bravo TV's 'Watch What Happens Live!' revealed he's banned a number of stars because they're "not worth the trouble".

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Rap icon Lil Kim, and socialites Karrueche Tran and Paris Hilton walked the runway at "The Blonds" Autumn/Winter 2019-20 Collection runway show during New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

The Blonds runway show made NYFW history by featuring some transgender models.

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