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Lil’ Kim Most Popular Rapper on Twitter, Drake Most Retweeted

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Lil’ Kim saw a sudden surge in popularity this year, despite the fact that she hasn’t released a new album in more than five years. The reason behind her sudden popularity? Social networking site-of-the-moment Twitter, where she was one the most talked about people in 2010 on the forum.

Placed ahead of Nobel Peace Prize-nominated aid worker Zilda Arns, and behind temperamental actor Mel Gibson, the Queen Bee was ranked #6 in the People category on the 2010 Trends on Twitter list. Somewhat inexplicably, Kim saw herself as the only rapper on the list, and was only surpassed by Lady Gaga (#3) and teen-phenom Justin Bieber (#1) when it came to fellow musicians.

While Kim was one of the most popular people on Twitter this year, fellow rappers Drake, Lil Wayne, Kanye West and singer Rihanna all made the Top 10 Most Retweeted Tweets list. Lil Wayne’s first text upon his relese from prison after serving an eight-month sentence that read “Aaaaaaahhhhhhmmmmm baaaaakkkkkkkkkk!” clocked in as the No.3 on the retweet list, while Drake came in at No. 2 for is thoughtful words: “We always ignore the ones who adore us, and adore the ones who ignore us.” Stephen Colbert came in at No.1 on the retweet list, with people spreading like fire his mesaage that “In honor of oil-soaked birds, ‘tweets’ are now ‘gurgles.’ .”

Check the lists out here. And keep your thoughts limited to 140 characters, please.

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