There’s deeper-rooted reasons for the hiatus Lil Kim took from music.

While people may have believed the Queen Bee lost her reign when Nicki Minaj rose to the top, Kim revealed to MTV’s “Sucka Free” that potential lawsuits are actually what prevented her from dropping new tunes.

The Brooklyn rapper mentioned that she was legally prohibited from releasing music after she ended her prison sentence in 2006 and attempted to switch labels.  When her prospective record deal went sour, Kim was  also sued by the Trackmasters for $2.5 million.

“When I came home from prison in 2006, I was really unhappy with my label so I wanted to get off, and I didn’t get released,” said Kim. ” I wasn’t dropped. I had to pay them. So, at the end of the day, it’s like that takes time. For two years, I fought and fought and fought and finally there was a break. During those two years, I did my Hollywood thing, I mean doing reality shows, ‘Dancing With The Stars’ and all that good stuff. But in between me doing ‘Dancing With The Stars’, I struck up another deal. I did deal with Track Masters, and it didn’t work out, but that took another year or two. Contractually, by the courts, I could not record any music. I wasn’t supposed to put any music out. Technically Black Friday was a mixtape, so I was able to get away with that. But technically they could have come after me if I were to put out an album. I couldn’t do it. So, this is something that my fans don’t know, but now you know. Legally I wasn’t allowed or able to do music. And ’til this day I’m not going to say I’m glad that the lawsuit happened with Trackmasters, but it made me more of a business woman.”

With the release of her new track “Keys To The City,” the Queen Bee is seemingly leaving her legal woes behind her.