Lil’ Kim — the “Original Queen Bee” — is reclaiming her throne with her upcoming memoir.
On Wednesday, the rapper announced exclusively with PEOPLE that her book, The Queen Bee, with Kathy Iandoli, will be published by Hachette Books on Nov. 2.
“I’m excited to finally get to tell my story after all this time,” Lil’ Kim tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement. “Many people have thought they knew the story of Lil’ Kim, but they have no idea.”
Born Kimberly Denise Jones, Lil’ Kim grew up in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn and spent her teenage years rapping with the Notorious B.I.G., who later became her lover. She was the only woman in the iconic artist’s rap collective, Junior M.A.F.I.A., before she made a name for herself as a solo rapper. Her double-platinum album Hard Core dropped in 1996. Since then, the Grammy-award winner has sold millions of records and continues to be a cultural force.