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An Iconic Lil Kim Dance move saves woman in tragic drive-by shooting

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Rapper Lil Kim performs onstage at the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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This Alabama woman says she was ducking and dodging like the legendary rapper, and social media is loving the reference.

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An Alabama woman just gave new meaning to "Hip Hop saved my life."

On April 26, a drive-by shooting shook an apartment complex community, and one resident spoke with the local news, sharing how busting Lil Kim's signature dance move saved her life.

Shariah Taylor was outside when the bullets started flying and had to think fast to protect her child. She described the horrific encounter in great detail.

"I hear pop, pop, pop, about 7 rounds," Taylor told News 4. "So I'm dodging, I'm ducking, I'm dodging, I'm ducking, I'm dodging, doing my Lil Kim. I'm trying to get my baby in the car, then I threw my baby in the backseat and we just sped off."

The Lil Kim reference added some levity to the unfortunate events as the dance from the iconic femcee has become a meme goldmine since resurfacing at the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards. The rapper initially made the moves famous with Mobb Deep on their 1999 "Quiet Storm (Remix)."

While Taylor found some humor in such a dark situation, she shared in the same interview that:

"Sometimes, I don't feel safe. I'm kind of paranoid out here and I'm scared."

And rightfully so, surviving a shooting. Among the well wishes to Taylor and her family, the now-viral interview circulating social media has garnered some humorous relief as folks laugh with Taylor for her Lil Kim reference. Even in life's darkest moments, Hip Hop cannot only save us but also bring folks together.

Dothan woman shares her experience during Westgate Village Shooting

i can’t stop laughing omgggg

@PopBase this is so 2010 youtube, she would’ve performed a remix of this sound bite at the BET awards

i’m duckin’ and dodgin’ doing lil kim

@PopBase And they say Lil Kim has no impact!

@PopBase this is so 2010 youtube, she would’ve performed a remix of this sound bite at the BET awards

she’s traumatised and still giving out sage advice. what did we do to deserve this queen

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Daric L. Cottingham (she/her), Deputy Editor of PRIDE.com, is an award-winning news, culture, and entertainment journalist. She is a proud Southern Black trans woman based in Los Angeles holding a mass communications degree from Prairie View A&M University in Texas and a master's in Sports & Entertainment journalism from the University of Southern California. Beyond her career portfolio, which includes the LA Times, Spotify, and freelancing for publications like BuzzFeed, Harper's Bazaar, ESSENCE, The Washington Post, etc., she does advocacy work as a general board member of NABJLA, striving to make the industry more inclusive for Black journalists.

Daric L. Cottingham (she/her), Deputy Editor of PRIDE.com, is an award-winning news, culture, and entertainment journalist. She is a proud Southern Black trans woman based in Los Angeles holding a mass communications degree from Prairie View A&M University in Texas and a master's in Sports & Entertainment journalism from the University of Southern California. Beyond her career portfolio, which includes the LA Times, Spotify, and freelancing for publications like BuzzFeed, Harper's Bazaar, ESSENCE, The Washington Post, etc., she does advocacy work as a general board member of NABJLA, striving to make the industry more inclusive for Black journalists.