Credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images Photo: Lil Kim in the Reality of Fashion/Reality of AIDS Runway Show on February 9, 2013

Lil’ Kim’s been gone for a minute, but she’s back with a much anticipated jumpoff! In the last two years, the Queen Bee has kept busy hyping her long-awaited return to hip-hop with projects like her “Black Friday” mixtape and singles such as “If You Love Me.”

But as is the case with many veteran femcees who dominated ‘90s hip hop, it's been a decade since fans have enjoyed a full Lil’ Kim studio album.

But good news, Team Kim, as Ms. Blanco has recently tweeted her return to the studio.

Wetpaint Entertainment recently caught up with Kim at her Gramercy Theatre show in New York City on Friday, April 26, and she dished some new album deets and discussed the reemergence of female hip hop.

Wetpaint Entertainment: Kim, your upcoming album is perhaps the most-anticipated album in hip-hop right now! Bangladesh [who’s produced Missy Elliott and Rihanna] is producing your album, correct?
Lil’ Kim: Yes, he’s executive-producing it. And we do have other producers working on the album, as well; but the first single that’s coming out in late June/first week of July is produced by Bangladesh, for sure.

Does the first single have a name?
I want to give you the name…but I’m trying to see if I can give you a good clue!

Can you at least tease it for the fans?
[Pauses contemplatively] Sweet dessert! [Laughs]

Sweet dessert! You’ve been hinting at sweets when teasing your new album. You recently described recording this album as baking and presenting a cake.
Exactly! [Laughs]

That’s cute, though! Now let’s expand a bit: We’re now seeing a shift in female hip-hop where the veteran rap chicks from the ‘90s are starting to come back into the game. Eve’s about to drop, rumor has it that Foxy’s back in the studio, and now you’re gearing up with more music. How do you feel about trailblazing that movement again?
I think it’s important because we [female rappers] were — and are — a major part of hip-hop. When we were coming up in the game, the music we made was such a major change; it was important to music at the time. [Now] the synergy is lined up! The game has been so male-dominated for so long. With all the women coming back now, this is a way where we get kind of even.

Yes, for sure! And you’re also breaking a new artist named Tiffany Foxx.
That’s my baby! She’s so fun, she’s so creative, and she’s such a star — I love her. I really just want her to win. I also have another artist who’s a guy named Young Goldie. We have a new hit called “1Hunnit”, ‘cause you gotta keep it 100 no matter what!

And once showtime came, “100” is exactly how Kimmie kept it. “People think they know me,” she told the packed Gramercy Theatre audience. “But I love to remain a mystery!”

One temporary mystery surrounding Lil’ Kim is her new album’s official release date. While Kim won’t confirm whether it will drop in 2013, Kim assures fans that she won’t let them down.

“I got a lot of gifts for y’all in the month of June,” she announced. “I’m a deliverer, I promise y’all”.

Looks like we won’t have to wait too long for some new Queen Bee music then!

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