The Lighters Up hitmaker, who became a first-time mother last year (14), reveals she has been busy in the studio laying down vocals for the follow-up to 2005's The Naked Truth.

"I'm working on a new album for next year," she tells New York radio station Hot 97.

Lil Kim suggests she is also close to signing a new deal with executives at Atlantic Records for the project after a recent visit to their New York offices.

She adds, "I put up a post (on social media) not too long ago, I was at my old record label. So maybe... hint, hint."

The album will be the hip-hop star's fourth solo studio release, but she hasn't been away from the music scene completely - she unveiled the mixtapes Black Friday in 2011 and Hard Core 2k14 in 2014, while she featured on longtime pal Sean 'Diddy' Combs' MMM compilation last month (Nov15).

She has also been making a number of high-profile live appearances in recent months, joining Combs onstage at the BET Awards in June (15) and performing with Mary J. Blige at Busta Rhymes' star-studded Hot for the Holidays concert in New Jersey on Saturday (05Dec15), and now Kim is teasing fans with details about a new tour.

"I got a couple of tours I'm going to be a part of, so just watch and wait," she says.