Lil' Mama



Lil' Mama (born Niatia Kirkland in Brooklyn, New York) is 17 years old. In 2007, Barry Weiss, president of Jive Records, signed the young rapper to his label. Her current single, "Lip Gloss", is considered a new version of DJ Webstar's and female rapper Young B's "Chicken Noodle Soup" by many fans.

Growing up between Brooklyn's rough East New York section and Harlem, Lil' Mama was forced to overcome both personal and financial struggles at an early age. As one of eight brothers and sisters, the rapper born Niatia Kirkland started to express herself artistically as a little girl through poetry and dance. When she was just 10-years-old, Lil' Mama decided to try and put a rhythm behind her poems ,By the time Lil' Mama started attending Brooklyn's Edward R. Murrow high school she was creating all original material.She started recording her own songs over original beats, coming up with ideas and letting her imagination come through her music.

While Lil' Mama's musical career was starting to fall into place, her personal life took a turn for the worse. In 2003 she learned her mother was diagnosed with colon cancer. As she had always done in the past,Lil Mama came to terms with her emotions through her music. In 2006, Lil Mama teamed up with Ali Samii (former DMX's manager) of Xtra Mile Production and headed out to Atlanta where she got the chance to record with Nappy Roots' producer James "Groove" Chambers.They recorded seven songs, including "Lip Gloss," which would quickly find its way onto New York's home for hip-hop and R&B, Hot 97.

DJ Enuff (of Hot 97) wasn't the only industry heavyweight to take notice of Lil' Mama's wide ranging appeal. Dave Lighty, the Senior A&R at Jive Records was also floored by the 17-year-old's instant smash and immediately set out to track her down.

On January 10, 2007 Barry Weiss (President of Jive) officially signed the 5'2" rapper to Jive Records. Since signing, Lil' Mama has been in and out of various recording studios across the country and has worked with producers including Swizz Beatz and Scott Storch. Her debut album, Voice of The Young People, will be released later this year.Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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