Don’t expect any Lil Kim and Lil Cease collaborations anytime soon. Former Junior M.A.F.I.A. and Notorious B.I.G. understudy Lil Kim visited the set of RapFix Live last Thursday and the Queen Bee had some harsh words for her former crew, stating that a reunion is out of the question.
Lil Cease, a close friend of B.I.G. and once extremely close to Kim, was featured on ESPN’s “Outside The Lines” with Shaquille O’Neal as the sports channel focused on Shaq and Biggie’s unique friendship forged organically through an admiration of each other’s respective talents.
Lil Cease joined Shaq on the special, speaking about the chemistry between Biggie and Shaq. “They embraced each other from the get go, “said Cease. “It was just like they knew each other for years. It was just that chemistry.” Lil Cease recanted later in the interview the tragic shooting of his famous cousin to which he was a direct witness as a backseat passenger in the SUV. As Biggie was leaving a party in downtown Los Angeles, a lone gunman drove up and fired four shots into the rapper’s chest. He was pronounced dead a short while later.
Shaq was supposed to attend the party with Biggie but fell asleep, only awakened by his mother’s early morning phone call informing him that Biggie was shot. Shaq spoke about his friend’s killing in his book Shaq Talks Back and wondered if he were standing near his fallen friend, would the event still have taken place. Lil Cease speculated on the scenario as well. “I think that may have would have changed things,” added Cease. “I definitely think that [if] Shaq had been there, it definitely would have changed, it definitely would have changed,” said Cease sternly.
As the fourteenth anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.’s death approaches this coming Wednesday (March 9), a rekindling of old friendships and connection would seemingly make sense. However in the rap world, grudges can last for years and there is little evidence from Kim or Cease’s camp that lends credence to the idea that the fellow Brooklyn natives will ever reconcile.