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Lil' Kim welcomes baby girl, gives her name with lofty ambitions

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Rapper Lil Kim welcomes first her child -- a baby girl -- and gave her a name with royalty built in
Royal Reign may sound like a song, but it's actually the name of rapper Lil Kim's brand new baby girl

Lil' Kim now has a lil' girl! The rapper gave birth to a her first child on Monday, according to several reports.

She of rap royalty also picked a regal moniker for her tiny tot, naming the heiress Royal Reign, Entertainment Tonight first reported, with E! News confirming the arrival with Kim's rep.

Yes, that's really the name she chose, as redundant as it may be. No need to coin a stage name should the baby decide to follow in mommy's footsteps, though, right?

The 39-year-old "Lighters Up" emcee welcomed Royal Reign (and, no, that wasn't easy to write) at 9:58 a.m. at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, her rep told E!

Royal Reign weighed in at 6 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 19.5 inches long.

Soon after the news broke Monday, news stories reporting the birth and her little one's title were retweeted from her official Twitter account. Then congrats began streaming in from her famous friends.

"Congratulations 2 my sis @LilKim & her precious healthy Babygirl #RoyalReign May she be Blessed! I'm happy 4 u kimmy (hugs)," tweeted rapper Missy Elliott.

"Congrats to my bb and her bb @LilKim," wrote Miley Cyrus with several heart-shaped emojis.

Though Kim, real name Kimberly Denise Jones, hasn't confirmed who the child's father is, he is believed to be New York rapper Mr. Papers.

The "Money, Power, Respect" rapper debuted her burgeoning baby bump in February when she wore a colorful floor-length gown at a New York Fashion Week after-party and confirmed she was expecting. The "Dancing With the Stars" alum also that she still planned to work during her pregnancy.

"I'm still going to be hard-core — the baby has made me even more of a beast!" she said at the time.

The first-time mom posted a picture of her baby-shower invitation in April, alerting her Instagram followers about her lavish gift registries at Tiffany & Co., Petit Tresor, Bel Bambini, Buy Buy Baby and Babies R Us. She also hinted to the child's name by including a tiara on the invitation and save-the-date for the May festivities.

The event will be featured on an upcoming episode of WEtv's "CELEBrations" with famed event planner David Tutera.

"Congrats @LilKim on her new #baby girl! Catch her baby shower on new season #davidtutera CELEBrations this Aug @wetv," Tutera tweeted.

All hail, Royal Reign. Long may she rule.

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