Lil Mama's mother and grandfather were both singers. Her father operated an independent record label.
Lil Mama's debut album was Voice of the Young People.
Her mother gave her the nickname, "Mama."
Lil Mama has seven siblings.
In her music, Lil Mama likes to rap about important issues such as teen pregnancy and foster children.
Her first single was "Lip Gloss."
Lil Mama is 5'2".
Her mother, Tara Kirkland, died after a four-year battle with colon cancer on December 15, 2007.
Lil Mama attended Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, New York.
Lil Mama: My mother would sing around the house every day, every morning, and that inspired me, because the songs she used to sing often, we would catch the words and we would be singing it and we sort of got the hint that we had voices too.
Lil Mama: [My success has come] with a song that's catchy and fun, so I'm happy it's not with anything out of my range.
Lil Mama: (about rap music) Everybody's talking about the same things on the radio-murder, sex and drugs. They have people behind them telling them it's cool and I disagree. There are so many more people struggling and going through so much and to hear somebody brag about the jewelry and stuff like that, it's overrated.
Lil Mama: My father really helped me develop as an artist. He basically built me around knowing how to express myself. There's different lanes I take you through with my music. People might think, 'Am I normal for thinking that way?' I'm just letting you know I think that way too.
Lil Mama: Between the ages of 10 and 12 I started finding myself with rap. That's when I was writing and my father got me into the studio and I recorded some of my first songs. They were more like freestyles. I would take someone else's beat and write a rhyme to it using my own hook.
Lil Mama: People should know that I'm coming from the bottom and I'm going go to the top. I see myself as an artist who was built on influences. I feel like I have a little bit of everything in me 'cause I take heed to my environment. So I'm offering you everything that I've learned in my life and what I've become.