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Lil Mama
Birth name Niatia Jessica Kirkland
Born October 4, 1989 (1989-10-04) (age 20)
Origin Harlem and Brooklyn, New York, USA
Genres Hip hop, , R&B, rap
Occupations Rapper, singer, dancer[1] Songwriter
Years active 2007-present
Labels Jive Records, Zomba Label Group (2007-Present)
Associated acts Chris Brown, T-Pain, Avril Lavigne, Vanessa Hudgens, Cool & Dre, Scott Storch, The Runners, Dr. Luke

Niatia Jessica Kirkland (born October 4, 1989),[2] better known by her stage name "Lil Mama", is an American rapper, singer-songwriter and released from Jive Records. Kirkland was born in Harlem and later moved to the East New York section of Brooklyn, New York where she attended Edward R. Murrow High School.



In 2006 she signed a recording contract with Jive Records. Lil Mama worked with producers such as Cool & Dre, Scott Storch, The Runners, and Dr. Luke. In June 2007 she released her first single Lip Gloss. The single, which was her breakout hit, peaked at 10 on U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated Monster Single of the Year at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards. This song was #56 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.

Her second single G-Slide (Tour Bus) was released in September that same year but failed to match Lip Gloss's success failing to chart in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Though the single was a Top Ten hit peaking at #8 on the New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart making it her first single to chart worldwide. The single was featured in the film How She Move. In February 2008 she released her third single Shawty Get Loose with T-Pain and Chris Brown.

Her debut album VYP (Voice of the Young People) was released via Jive Records April 29, 2008. A fourth official single What It Is (Strike a Pose) with T-Pain failed to chart. A Promo Single Truly In Love Featuring Peter Toh was released in 2009 coincided with a music video.

She is currently a judge on America's Best Dance Crew on MTV. The series which premiered February 7, 2008 has run for five seasons.



Year Title Chart positions Album
Hot 100 R&B Pop
2007 "Lip Gloss" 10 16 15 VYP (Voice of the Young People)
"G-Slide (Tour Bus)" 124 8
2008 "Shawty Get Loose" (featuring Chris Brown and T-Pain) 10 43 15 41 38 3 57
"What It Is (Strike a Pose)" (featuring T-Pain)

Awards and nominations

  • BET Awards
    • 2009, Best female Hip-Hop Artist (Nominated)
    • 2008, Best female Hip-Hop Artist (Nominated)
  • MTV Video Music Awards
  • Teen Choice Awards
    • 2008, Choice Rap/Hip-Hop Track: "Shawty Get Loose" (Winner)
    • 2008, Choice TV Personality: Randy Jackson's America's Next Best Dance Crew (Nominated)
    • 2007, Choice Rap Artist (Nominated)
    • 2007, Choice Summer Song: "Lip Gloss" (Winner)
    • 2007, Choice Music Hookup: "Shawty Get Loose" (Nominated)
  • MTV Asia Awards
    • 2008, Best Hook-up: "Girlfriend" - featured by Avril Lavigne (Nominated)


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