Faith Evans Opens Up About Lil’ Kim Collaboration/ Recording Process Of “The King & I”

Last week marked the anniversary of Biggie’s death. To commemorate his legacy, the rapper was honored by the Brooklyn Nets with their own “Nets Biggie Night.” Former wife, Faith Evans who was in attendance will remember her late ex-husband with an upcoming duets album, "The King & I." Evans recently chatted with Rap-Up on the highly-anticipated project, Lil' Kim, and why Diddy and Jay-Z aren't featured.

The singer admitted that there were somber moments while in the studio. She hadn’t cried about Biggie outside of his death, however she was teary-eyed as she felt the late rapper tap her shoulder “telling [her] he was proud of [her].” Preparing the album, Evans hoped to “keep the integrity of his work while still being creative and being true to [herself] as an artist.”

The album features an appearance from former rival Lil' Kim. It was a surprise to see her featured, especially following their history. Both women have made it evident that they've settled their differences through support on social media. Evans presented their growth at the 2015 VH1 Hip Hop Honors where she honored Kim. Their collaboration has become a highly anticipated track from the duets album. Evans revealed that she approached Kim about the collaboration as they rehearsed for the "Bad Boy Reunion Tour." While writing the song, "Loving You For Life" she imagined Kim arriving in the third verse. Evans encouraged Kim's honesty on the track. “I actually asked her to talk about how [she] felt,” said Evans. “We both had feelings for him. That’s not going to change.”

While Lil’ Kim and other acts contributed, Diddy and Jay-Z weren’t featured on the tracklist. Evans clarified that Diddy was involved in the processing as he’s listed as a producer. As for Jay-Z, she couldn’t get in contact with the Brooklyn rapper.

The King & I is set to be released on May 19.