"I was offended and I let her know," Voletta Wallace said of Lil' Kim. "She didn't like it and I don't give a hoot."
In a piece of unreleased footage from 2005 published to VladTV, mother of The Notorious B.I.G., Voletta Wallace explains the rift between herself and Lil' Kim following the rapper’s death.
“After my son’s death, believe it or not, Lil' Kim and I were close,” Voletta Wallace said. “But I guess she doesn’t—I’m a woman who speaks my mind. Sometimes you say things, the truth hurts, and you take it the wrong way. I did not like the way she was [parading around] national television and radio about Biggie, the love of her life. Her heart, her nose, her mouth, her butt, every part of her. Christopher is not here to defend himself. I was offended. I was offended and I let her know. She didn’t like it and I don’t give a hoot. As far as Lil’ Cease is concerned, they’re all struggling. Christopher is not here. He was a figure in their life that they looked up to and he was not here and everybody just go their separate ways. The ways that they went wasn’t the straight way. As a result they all went down the toilet. But I wish them all well. I might tell them to go to hell and mind their own damn business but deep down I wish them well.”
Asked how the group politics may have differed if her son was still alive, Wallace shared feeling like everybody would “be taking care of their business.”
“If Christopher was here today I know Kim wouldn’t be in jail. Lil’ Cease wouldn’t be on national radio yapping his mouth. They’d be taking care of their business, making beautiful music. But, hey, let’s not complain about spilled milk. It happens.”
The unreleased footage corresponds with a 2005 interview with SOHH released the same year. During the interview, Voletta Wallace also touches on her opinion of her son’s posthumously released music.
“You know when I hear posthumous stuff that makes me feel good because it's telling me that they have a great deal of respect for my son,” she said. “They love his work. They love his art. And they just want to be a part of Biggie, so it makes me feel closer to him. The only time I feel upset or violated is when they use it without asking. So when I hear something on the radio, I have to ask, ‘Did I give permission for that?’ And sometimes they say ‘yes,’ sometimes they say ‘no.’ And if they say ‘no,’ I really feel offended, not only offended but angry. Because I feel that it's downright disrespectful.”