She called herself Lil’

In today’s comics feed, the 9/22 One Big Happy, in which Joe wrestles with people named /lɪl/:


(And then there’s Li’l Abner.)

Two rappers that called themselves Lil’.

From Wikipedia on the early days of Lil’ Kim:

(#2) Hard Core (1997)

Kimberly Denise Jones (born July 11, 1974 or 1975), known professionally by her stage name Lil’ Kim, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, model, and actress. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, living much of her adolescent life on the streets after being expelled from home. In her teens, Jones would freestyle rap, heavily influenced by fellow female hip-hop artists like MC Lyte and The Lady of Rage. In 1994, she was discovered by fellow rapper The Notorious B.I.G., who invited her to join his rap group Junior M.A.F.I.A.

And from Wikipedia on the early days of Lil’ Bow Wow:

(#3) Beware of Dog (2000)

Shad Gregory Moss (born March 9, 1987), better known by his stage name Bow Wow (formerly Lil’ Bow Wow), is an American rapper, actor and television host. As Lil’ Bow Wow, he released his first album, Beware of Dog, in 2000 at age 13, which was followed by Doggy Bag in 2001. In 2003, Bow Wow released his third album Unleashed, which was the first album released after dropping the “Lil'” from his stage name.

One Response to “She called herself Lil’”

  1. Robert Coren Says:

    People tend to do as they like with apostrophes, and of course they can do as they like when naming themselves, but lil’ strikes me as an odd way to represent a shortening of little.

    Oh, and it’s too bad there was no reasonable way to work in a reference to the comic strip Nancy.

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