Lil Mama

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Lil Mama
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Lil' Mama at the Black Girls Rock! New York City tour 2011
Background information
Birth name Niatia Jessica Kirkland
Born (1989-10-04) October 4, 1989 (age 25)
Harlem, New York City, New York, U.S.
Origin Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, entrepreneur, spokesperson
Years active 2006-present
Labels Jive, RCA
Associated acts Chris Brown

Niatia Jessica Kirkland (born October 4, 1989), better known by her stage name Lil Mama, is an American hip hop recording artist from Brooklyn, New York City, New York. A rapper, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, spokesperson, dancer and actress, Lil Mama was also a talent show judge for seven seasons on America's Best Dance Crew. She experienced Billboard placement with the release of her debut album, VYP (Voice of the Young People), which spawned the hit single "Lip Gloss". She was also cast for the role of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, in the VH1 biographical film CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, which aired in October 2013.

Life and career[edit]

1989-2005: Early life[edit]

Lil Mama was born Niatia Jessica Kirkland in Harlem, in 1989. She was raised in Brooklyn, New York where she attended Edward R. Murrow High School. Kirkland is the third child and eldest daughter of eight kids. Being the eldest daughter of eight, she acquired her nickname "lil mama".[1] Kirkland faced personal and financial struggles at an early age. As one of eight brothers and sisters, she started to express herself artistically through poetry and dance. Her mother Tara, died on December 15, 2007 following a four-year battle with colon cancer.

2006-08: Career beginnings and VYP (Voice of the Young People)[edit]

In 2006, Kirkland signed a recording contract with Jive Records. In 2007, she was featured in Dr. Luke's remix of Avril Lavigne's song, "Girlfriend".[2] Her first studio album VYP (Voice of the Young People) was released in late April 2008. The album spawned four singles: "Lip Gloss", "G-Slide (Tour Bus)", "Shawty Get Loose" and "What It Is (Strike a Pose)". The album sold 19,000 copies in the first week, debuting at number 25 on the Billboard 200. Lil Mama served as a judge on the competitive dance contest television series America's Best Dance Crew. She joined the judges's circle in 2008 at the age of nineteen.


Since the release of her first album, Lil Mama has been in the studio working on new music. She released the singles "Dough Boy" featuring Mishon, "On & On & On", and "NYNYLALA" featuring Snoop Dogg. She has since released two singles entitled "Scrawberry" and "Hustler Girl" featuring Clyde McKnight. In 2009 she announced the title of her proposed new album as "Voice Of The Young People: I Am That", although this has not been released.[3]

On October 7, 2012 RCA Music Group announced it was disbanding J Records along with Arista Records and Jive Records. With the shutdown, Lil Mama (and all other artists previously signed to these three labels) will release her future material on the RCA Records brand.[4][5] "Voice Of The Young People: I Am That" will have guest appearances including Soulja Boy, Khalil, Angel Haze, LoLa Monroe, Teyana Taylor, Trina, Keke Palmer, Nas, Chris Brown among others.

At the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, Lil Mama came onstage while Jay-Z and Alicia Keys performed "Empire State of Mind". While Jay-Z was ending his final verse, Lil Mama left her seat in the audience, got onto the stage, and started bobbing her head to the beat. Jay-Z was surprised but continued to perform. Right before this moment, Beyonce had even tried to hold her from going up. Jay-Z patted Lil Mama on the leg to fall back, jokingly telling her, "you T-Paining right now," a reference to a similar incident two months earlier when T-Pain jumped onstage with Jay-Z at Summer Jam during his performance of "D.O.A.". At the end of the performance, Lil Mama came to foreground and posed alongside Jay-Z and Keys. She later clarified that she "would never ... try to disrespect Jay-Z or take a moment that someone has created it and try to relive it. I’m too original for that and I respect him too much for that."[6]

In October 2009, she also appeared in cycle 13 of America's Next Top Model. with Benny Ninja.

Lil Mama starred as Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes in the VH1 TLC biographical film CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, which aired on October 21, 2013, alongside Keke Palmer and Drew Sidora, who played Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, respectively.[7][8]


Studio albums[edit]


Year Song Peak chart positions[9] Album
2007 "Lip Gloss" 10 36[10] 121 [11] VYP (Voice of the Young People)
"G-Slide (Tour Bus)" 124 8
2008 "Shawty Get Loose"
(featuring Chris Brown and T-Pain)
10 43 41 38 3 57
"What It Is (Strike a Pose)"
(featuring T-Pain)
2010 "Doughboy"[12]
(featuring Mishon)
Non-album singles
"Hustler Girl"[13]
(featuring Shawn Marvel, Mitch and A Dot)

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Girlfriend (Dr. Luke Remix)"[2]
(Avril Lavigne featuring Lil Mama)
2007 The Best Damn Thing
(Yahaira featuring Lil Mama)
2010 Non-album singles
(Prince Malik featuring Jim Jones and Lil Mama)
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other performer(s) Album
"Amazed" 2008 Vanessa Hudgens Identified
"Block Party" 2009 Lisa Lopes, Clyde McKnight Eye Legacy
"Video Chat" 2010 College Boyys Spring Break
"Big Boy Rims"
"Ball" 2014 MC Lyte non-album release


Year Title Role Notes
2013 CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes VH1 Biopic

Awards and nominations[edit]

BET Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2008 Herself Best Female Hip-Hop Artist Nominated
2009 Nominated

MTV Video Music Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2007 "Lip Gloss" Monster Single of the Year Nominated

MTV Asia Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2008 "Girlfriend" Best Hook Up [16] Nominated

Teen Choice Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2007 Herself Choice Rap Artist Nominated
"Lip Gloss" Choice Summer Song Won
2008 "Shawty Get Loose" Choice Music Hookup Nominated
Choice Rap/Hip-Hop Track Won
Herself Choice TV Personality: Randy Jackson's America's Best Dance Crew Nominated

Vibe Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2007 "Lip Gloss" Ringtone Of The Year [17] Nominated


  1. ^ Dr.Oz Interviews Lil Mama
  2. ^ a b "Girlfriend - Single". iTunes. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Lil’ Mama Reveals New Album Title". 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  4. ^ "RCA's New Executive Team Named Under CEO Peter Edge Amid Layoffs (Update)". 2011-08-23. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  5. ^ "Radio Industry News, Music Industry Updates, Arbitron Ratings, Music News and more!". FMQB. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  6. ^ Bennett, Deborah (23 September 2009). "Jay-Z Compares Lil Mama To Kanye". Radio One. Retrieved 29 Oct 2012. 
  7. ^ "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story Cast Member Page - Niati 'Lil Mama' Kirkland", VH1, October 1, 2013. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
  8. ^ "TLC MOVIE (BAND, NOT CHANNEL) CASTS LIL MAMA, KEKE PALMER, AND A THIRD HUMAN",, February 9, 2013. Retrieved March 31, 2013.
  9. ^ "Music News, Reviews, Articles, Information, News Online & Free Music". Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  10. ^ "Top Hip-Hop and R&B Songs & Singles Charts". 2007-06-30. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Dough Boy (feat. Mishon)". iTunes. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "Hustler Girl - Single Lil Mama". iTunes. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "Sexiest (feat. Lil Mama)". iTunes. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "Billionaire (feat. Jim Jones & Lil Mama) - Single". iTunes. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  16. ^ Lil Mama got a new hair style. The Glamorous Life. 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  17. ^

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