R+B star Mary J Blige was among the well wishers at rapper LIL' KIM's side as she marked her last night of freedom before going to prison on Monday (19SEP05).

Lil' Kim, real name KIMBERLY JONES, wore a Gucci outfit to New York City's posh Mr Chow restaurant on Sunday night (18SEP05) to dine with loved ones before reporting to a Philadelphia jail.

The party - including her mother, RUBY JONES, her close pal Blige, boxer ZAB JUDAH, music executive Craig Kallman and producer SWIZZ BEATZ - sipped on champagne and cocktails while Lil' Kim dined on shrimp, chicken and fried rice, before going to SEAN 'DIDDY' COMBS' restaurant Justin's for dessert.

Her representative TRACY NGUYEN says, "It was a very emotional dinner. Everyone shared personal stories about her and gave her words of encouragement and inspiration. Everyone tried to remain positive."

After dinner, the gang converged on the trendy PM Lounge, where they danced all night as the DJ played Lil' Kim's greatest hits, as well as tracks from her upcoming album NAKED TRUTH.

The rap star is currently serving a 366-day sentence for perjury.