His death hit her hard: she believed he was the only man who had ever loved her for who she was.
Linwood, a former military man, had reportedly become physically abusive towards his wife — Kim told the Washington Post in 2000 that she remembered her mom having black eyes, and that “my father told people she had fallen.” (Linwood has never responded publicly to Kim’s allegations.)Kim moved with her mother and brother to suburban New Rochelle, NY, where some of the girls in their new, all-white neighborhood teased Kim about her skin color.
But Ruby Mae struggled for money and, unable to support her family, eventually granted Linwood custody of their two children.
She is one of only three female rappers to have three platinum albums — the others being Missy Elliott and Nicki Minaj.
And she is also the only female rapper to ever receive a coveted “5-mics” review from The Source magazine, for her acclaimed 2005 album — released while she was serving a jail sentence for perjury. Lil' Kim was born Kimberly Denise Jones on July 11, 1974 (some sources say 1975), in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York.
She had jobs working in department stores (following in the footsteps of her mom, who worked at Macy’s), and ran errands for drug dealers.
She has said that she did “whatever it took” to make ends meet during this period.
Linwood remarried, though his relationship with Kim soured irreparably only after she began dating boys at the age of 13.
According to Kim he became increasingly verbally abusive and their relationship took a violent turn — Kim once stabbed him with a pair of scissors. In the years that followed, she sometimes stayed with neighbors, or with older men who housed and fed her — in return for sex.
Even after she found success, the wounds seemed not to have entirely healed.