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Essence Fest 2016: Lil' Kim will no longer perform

She won’t take the stage due to ‘unfilled business obligations’

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Lil’ Kim, who was scheduled to perform with Puff Daddy and The Family at this weekend’s Essence Festival in New Orleans, has dropped out due to “unfilled business obligations,” the rapper announced Friday.

In a statement, Lil’ Kim’s rep said, “It’s with much regret that we announce that multi-platinum selling recording artist, Lil’ Kim will not be performing with Puff Daddy and Her Family at this year’s Essence Music Festival due to unfilled business obligations. She’s saddened by this news but matters are not within her control. Lil’ Kim would like to thank Essence for the opportunity and her fans for their continued support of the Lil’ Kim brand and looks forward to being at next year’s Essence Music Festival in 2017.”

Lil Kim’ will still perform during the Bad Boy Reunion Tour running this summer. The statement concluded, “[Lil’ Kim] will continue to release more hot music so stay tuned as it’s Lil’ Kim Season.”

Puff Daddy and The Family are still set to perform on the mainstage Sunday at 11:15 p.m. The weekend-long festival will also feature appearances from Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, Tyra Banks, Misty Copeland, and many more. Head here for EW’s must-see acts, and check out the livestream of all the festivities here.

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