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Lil Kim Announces New Album Release Date

Bzzzzzzz. The Queen Bee is on her way back!

Rap veteran Lil Kim announced via Twitter today (Mar. 26) that her new upcoming album, 9 will be released this Spring on May 17. The album will be Kim's fifth studio album.

Lil' Kim on Twitter

Drip Too Hard ???? | #GoAwff Video out Friday ???? | New Album "9" drops May 17th ????

The lead single is the Brooklyn rapper's new song, "Go Awff."

Lil' Kim - Go Awff (Official Audio)

Stream + Download "Go Awff" http://smarturl.it/GoAwff https://www.instagram.com/lilkimthequeenbee/ https://twitter.com/LilKim https://www.facebook.com/LilKimTheQueenBee/ Music video by Lil' Kim performing Go Awff (Official Audio). 2019 Queen Bee Entertainment, LLC & Entertainment One U.S., LP http://vevo.ly/PQWete

Kim also announced that the video for "Go Awff" will be released this Friday (Mar. 29).

E S S E N C E O F S E A N on Twitter

LIL' KIM ANNOUNCED HER NEW ALBUM "9" RELEASE DATE....May 17th 2019. Will you be supporting Queen Bee? https://t.co/jvr7wNNGwR

Over the weekend, Lil Kim told fans at her concert in Atlantic City when the album would drop and that it would feature Miami rapper Rick Ross.

Lil Kim has most likely named the album 9, due to the number's significance in the rapper's life. June 9 is her daughter, Royal Reign's birthday and March 9 is the day that her close friend, The Notorious B.I.G. was murdered. After five albums and four mixtapes, the project would also be Kim's 9th release, as Vibe notes.

9 will be Kim's first studio album since her 2005 album The Naked Truth, which features the Brooklyn rapper's singles "Whoa" and "Lighters Up."

Fellow rap veteran, Missy Elliott congratulated Lil Kim, who she's collaborated with on a few occasions on Twitter and stated that she can't for the new release.

Lil' Kim on Twitter

Congratulations to YOU sis. I love u so much! Can't wait to hug u! ❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/roVa5mw7J2

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan