Surprise! Lil' Kim is pregnant with her first child.
The Grammy winner announced the news during MAC Cosmetics and The Blonds Fashion Week afterparty in New York City Wednesday. "I'm a mom, but I can turn it up a little!" the rapper said as she rubbed her baby bump. Carressing her belly, she told E! News, "My little boo boo is coming! My little baby boo, my sunshine!"
Asked if she knows her baby's gender, Lil' Kim replied, "No, I don't."
Starting a family is a dream come true for the "How Many Licks?" rapper. "I'm so excited! I'm a few months along," the 39-year-old hip-hop artist told Us Weekly. "I can't wait to be a mom!"
The self-proclaimed "Queen of Rap" is keeping her baby daddy's identity private for now.
Lil' Kim—known for hits like "Crush on You," "Lady Marmalade," "The Jump Off" and "Magic Stick"—has no intention of slowing down. "I'm still going to work," the former Dancing With the Stars competitor promised. "I'm still going to be hardcore—the baby has made me even more of a beast!"
The congratulatory messages are already rolling in. "Awwwww congrats @LilKim on your little one," tweeted singer Tamar Braxton, who welcomed her first child, son Logan Herbert, in June 2013.
(Originally published on Thursday, Feb.13, 2014, at 4:05 a.m. PT).