The Lil prefix is one of the most popular and oldest naming traditions in hip-hop—it spans genres and decades, an eternal paradox in an industry all about getting big.

Our Lil Week research turned up hundreds of big Lil moments. Too many to include here. So we've narrowed it down to 12, featuring legendary Lils like Kim and B and Lil underground heroes. Some are amazing accomplishments, others are moments of great sadness. Read on for the highest highs and lowest lows in Lil history. 

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Check out 10 essential albums by Lil rappers here.