Lil Kim shocked followers with appearances from a number of particular friends throughout her present at Harlem’s world well-known Apollo Theater earlier this week.
On Thursday (January 26), the Brooklyn native took over the legendary venue for her one-night-only live performance, The Leap-Off; Lil Kim & Buddies, that includes cameos from artists resembling Fats Joe, Remy Ma, Sisqo and extra.
In a publish on his Instagram account, the Terror Squad lyricist commemorated the particular night by sharing footage from the present of Remy Ma and himself performing hits resembling their 2004 smash “Lean Again,” and 2017’s “All The Approach Up,” that includes French Montana.
“Needed to givem that work!!!!! @lilkimthequeenbee @apollotheater THE BIGGEST @remyma,” Fats Joe wrote within the caption. Sisqo additionally celebrated the night time, which he deemed “historic,” in an IG publish that includes a clip of his and Kim’s efficiency of their 2000 collaboration “How Many Licks.”
Extra appearances from artists resembling Ashanti, Fivio Overseas and King Combs additionally highlighted the multigenerational night time of Hip Hop performances. Lil Kim additionally introduced out “Don’t Play With It,” rapper Lola Brooke, who carried out her viral hit and in addition shared a second with the Queen Bee, who showered her with assist in a quick shout-out.
“I’m so pleased with you, child,” Lil Kim advised Lola Brooke. “I acquired your fuckin’ again!” Brooke responded, “This my first time in right here, you introduced me in right here.” She continued: “I Love you, thanks a lot this implies all the pieces to me.”
Lil Kim was on the #APOLLO final night time and introduced out Lola Brooke❗️ pic.twitter.com/WmSK6ue5zr
— FMHipHop (@_FMHipHop) January 27, 2023
Lil Kim’s unique present formally kicked off the sprawling year-long celebration of the 50-plus years-in-the-making return of the Harlem Cultural Pageant — which was revived by Questlove’s award-winning 2022 documentary Summer season of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Might Not Be Televised).
The 53-year-old Harlem Cultural Pageant will return in 2023 underneath the reimagined identify of the Harlem Pageant of Tradition (HFC) and will likely be held at Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park (beforehand often called Mount Morris Park), the place the unique 1969 occasion featured in Questlove’s movie — which boasted performances from Stevie Marvel, Nina Simone and extra — occurred.
In October 2022, HFC revealed Wyclef Jean had been appointed to a management function within the group because the Chair of the Music Advisory Board. In his function, the Fugees star would be the authority determine answerable for recruiting artists from inside the neighborhood to assist the competition and also will function an advisor to the HFC govt administration group.
For Kim’s West Coast followers who missed the Apollo Theater present, the “Crush On You” rapper will likely be performing dwell in Las Vegas in Could on the Lovers & Buddies competition.
Lil Kim will grace the stage along with artists resembling 50 Cent, Missy Elliott, Chris Brown, Boyz II Males, Mariah Carey, Summer season Walker, T.I., Soulja Boy, Busta Rhymes, Chingy, and plenty of others.