Justice Rivera (former A&R, Undeas Records, owned by Lance “Un” Rivera): As we were creating Junior M.A.F.I.A around Big, other rappers were always coming to us ’cause we were working at [Daddy-O] studio in the neighborhood. Kim came through. She had rapped for Biggie before. We found out that she was nice and he was gonna bring her into Junior M.A.F.I.A.
Jacob York (former president, Undeas Records): Big thought having two girls would work. So Foxy Brown was a part of the original plan for Junior M.A.F.I.A. I didn’t think they would get along, and I immediately thought Kim could be a star. The first time I heard her rap, we were on St. James Place, and she spit in a cipher. She had this very masculine, raspy voice. I thought, That voice is coming out of that tiny little girl?
Missy Elliott (rapper/producer): I thought I would be meeting some 7’4” chick, because her rap voice was so strong. She came up to my neck in high heels, and I’m only 5’2”.
DJ Clark Kent (producer): [Junior M.A.F.I.A’s] “Player’s Anthem” was the first song Kim was on. Was I blown away? Big wrote the song entirely. But I was blown away by her performance.
Lil’ Cease: She’d put her hand over the mic in a certain way so that her voice would be extra deep. I remember Big told her not to do that. He said, “I want niggas to drool over you. Don’t be too hard.”
Glenn “Daddy-O” Bolton (producer and owner of Daddy-O Studio): Kim sounded like a boy. I thought that was dope. We did this [demo] record, “Coming From the East Side,” where she talks about her pops kicking her out at 16. By “Player’s Anthem,” she sounded like a girl. I said, “Big, you changed up her voice.” He said, "It’s all in the plan, D.”
DJ Clark Kent: Lil’ Kim was created. She was told exactly who to be: “You are going to be a pretty little Biggie.”