Lil’ Kim turned up her fashion game on the premiere of Girls Cruise on Monday wearing gold boots to go jet-blading and a 20-foot train on a giant waterslide.
The rapper’s conversation with pals Mýa and Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas of TLC, both of whom were on the cruise, gave viewers of the VH1 show serious insight into her life.
It also showed what it was like to be a woman in the music industry.
Season premiere: Lil’ Kim took her close friends on a yacht trip on Monday during the season premiere of Girls Cruise on VH1
‘I’ve been grinding, hustling since I first came out,’ said Kim, 45, who was a millionaire at age 18. ‘Sometimes I feel like I miss out on life because I don’t take time for myself.’
She acknowledged the public perception of her was one of strength, but she wanted someone to take care of her.
‘When I’m comfortable with my girls I let all the way loose,’ she explained.
Mýa said she was hoping to find that kind of freedom for herself, as her life was also lacking in balance.
Jet blader: The 45-year-old rapper went jet-blading while on vacation with gal pals
Beach boots: Lil’ Kim wore heeled boots on the beach for her jet-blading session
Being in showbusiness also meant that she had to get used to being talked about, she added and it could be rough.
‘You ladies already know, when you’re beautiful and successful… you’re gonna get called all kind of names, from diva to b****,’ Mýa, 39, offered, noting that non-industry friends couldn’t always understand.
She’d been called every variation of ‘slut’ or ‘whore’ that existed, the Case Of The Ex singer revealed.
Opening up: The rapper and her friends enjoyed a Caribbean vacation together
Entertainment industry: Mýa talked to Lil’ Kim and Chilli about the gossip that comes with showbusiness
‘I’ve been accused of sleeping with men that I haven’t even met, or people I’ve done videos and songs with,’ Mýa added, decrying the ‘double standard’ for industry women.
Women in the industry could be catty, Kim agreed, but she hoped that the trip would help them learn from each other.
‘This is our chance to get to know each other on a whole different level,’ she said of the six friends she invited to join her on a ‘fly-ass yacht’ in Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago.
False accusations: The singer said she’d been accused of sleeping with men she never met
It had 13 bedrooms, a gym, a sun deck and a Jacuzzi that fit 18 people, Kim marveled.
Kim and Mýa had bonded after winning a Grammy for their performance on 2001’s Lady Marmalade.
Her friend later started her own label, Planet 9, in 2008, on which she released nine albums.
Ocean vesse: The yacht featured 13 bedrooms, a gym, a sun deck and a Jacuzzi that could fit 18 people
Singer Chilli, from the band TLC, was shown shopping for food with her son Tron, 22, in Atlanta.
She was dedicated to him, she explained, for a good reason.
‘I never, ever wanted him to grow up and say, ”My mom wasn’t there for me”,’ she said.
Devoted mother: Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas explained why she was devoted to her son Tron
Joining them was Kim’s ‘ride-or-die’ best friend Tiffany Panhilason, 35, an actress, who’d known her for years.
Socialite Charlie Defrancesco, 38, designer Marc Jacobs’ husband, also came along, as did comediennes Pretty Vee, 27, and B. Simone, 29, whom Kim had met on social media.
Kim had personally chosen the yacht’s handsome male staff: ‘internationally known’ chef Tobias, concierge Jamie, bartender Rakeem and ‘fun director’ Rome.
On board: B. Simone, 29, whom Kim had met on social media, was aboard the yacht trip
Comic relief: Pretty Vee also joined Lil’ Kim on the Caribbean cruise
She winked at Chilli when Rome was introduced, and left condoms and lubricant next to the singer’s bedside table.
‘Kim did this,’ Chilli told Mýa. ‘She knows I’m celibate!’
‘Chili and Mýa work just as hard as I do,’ Kim volunteered as the group lay on a Barbados beach. ‘This is the first time we’re all able to hang out as friends.’
The staff: Kim personally chose the yacht’s handsome male staff: ‘internationally known’ chef Tobias, concierge Jamie, bartender Rakeem and ‘fun director’ Rome
The whole group learned to ‘jet blade,’ which meant zooming over the ocean wearing jet packs on their backs.
‘Let me get you to bend over like this,’ the instructor said as he taught them how to assume the flight position.
‘That’s how you squeeze it,’ he said, meaning the controls.
Flight position: An instructor gave Kim instructions on how to jet-blade over the water
‘If I squeeze too hard, what happens?’ Kim said.
‘I didn’t know jet packing was so sexual,’ she joked to the cameras.
‘Stella got her groove back!’ her friend screamed.
Good one: Lil’ Kim joked that she didn’t know ‘jet packing was so sexual’
As the group got to know each other, they discussed their relationship history.
Mya said that managing her career and being a successful musician often caused her relationships to fail.
‘I definitely question: Am I a workaholic, am I just letting life pass by?’ she asked in a confessional.
Hard worker: Mya wondered if her career caused her relationships to fail
‘I can forget to incorporate balance into the equation, so this trip, this is what I need in my life.’
Chilli admitted she’d recently lost her ‘soulmate.’
‘That connection was something I’d never experienced before. Never,’ she said.
Catching up: Chilli and Lil’ Kim enjoyed learning more about each other
She’d chosen being a mom over romance, but said she was fine even if she never met anyone again.
‘Basically, you ain’t looking for a scrub,’ B. Simone joked,
Charlie, Tiffany and Pretty Vee started singing ‘Waterfalls,’ TLC’s 1995 hit, from the beach.
Hit song: Charlie, Tiffany and Pretty Vee started singing ‘Waterfalls,’ TLC’s 1995 hit, from the beach
‘This is not an audition!’ B. Simone yelled.
Things got tough for teetotaler Chilli as the group did body shots on the sand.
‘I don’t do those things,’ she said, sipping water from a shot glass on a man’s chest. ‘I know how to turn up and get lit on H20. That’s how I do it.’
Body shots: Things got tough for teetotaler Chilli as the group did body shots on the sand
Kim came out for her jet pack experience wearing gold designer boots.
‘As my bestie Marc Jacobs would say, ‘More is more,’ she admitted.
‘Kim has lost her motherf***ing mind,’ Pretty Vee said.
Beach fun: The other ladies did body shots with the guys on the beach
Kim initially went face down in the water, having gripped the jet pack too tight, but then she rose into the sky and flew.
‘Click those heels, Dorothy!’ B. Simone yelled.
‘The fact that Kim is giving all of this 100 percent and not giving up just goes to show what a bad bitch she really is,’ Mya said, as the group chanted ‘Boots! Boots! Boots! Boots!’
Face first: Lil’ Kim during her first attempt fell face first into the water
Later that day, Chilli and Kim talked about being working moms and having long careers in the music business.
‘There’s two things that I’m sure… I was supposed to do in this life, and that’s be Tron’s mom and be in TLC,’ Chilli said.
She remembered singing into a brush as a kid, and putting a pillow under her belly and pretending she was pregnant.
Two things: Chilli said she was supposed to be in TLC and be a mom
She asked Kim if she wanted another baby.
‘Maybe, if I was with the right man, but then it’s like, I don’t know, ’cause that pain, girl,’ Kim moaned.
Soon the group was faced with the prospect of sliding down a giant slide off the side of the boat into the ocean.
Huge slide: The group was faced with the prospect of sliding down a giant slide off the side of the boat into the ocean
Kim wanted them to ‘release their fears’ into the ocean and return home ‘bigger and better than when they came.’
Chilli was the only one who couldn’t let go and do it.
‘I am ready to let the whole world see all different sides of Lil’ Kim, Kimberly Denise Jones!’ Kim shouted before she zoomed down.
‘I am living my best life watching this go down,’ marveled Charlie as Kim flew into the water wearing a 20-foot train.
Girls Cruise will return next week on VH1.
Black dress: Lil’ Kim went down the giant waterslide in a black dress with a long train
Impressive move: Charlie was impressed with Lil’ Kim going down the slide with a 20-foot train