Staff Pick: Lil’ Kim at Alrosa Villa

By Columbus Alive
From the May 24, 2012 edition

Sure, Lil’ Kim is no longer at the peak of the rap food chain. Hell, she may not even be relevant anymore as a new generation of female rappers she’s inspired take over (that’s a feud for another day). But who cares? This is the Queen Bee on stage for $25.

One one stop on her comeback tour, she’ll be getting all notorious and nasty on Alrosa’s stage.

Alrosa? Yes. Metal may be its main jam, but Alrosa owner Rick Cautela said bringing Lil’ Kim to his venue was a way to promote a once-great artist, although his motivations weren’t all about the Benjamins.

In 2009, Cautela and his North Side club received a lot of criticism for hosting reggae artist Buju Banton because of a violent homophobic song the singer used to perform in the 1980s.

“I guess I’m kind of making up for that,” Cautela said, by dubbing this Lil’ Kim performance an LGBT show. It’s, in essence, an olive branch to the community, he said.