Lil' Kim Biography
BORN: July 11, 1975
It's the year of Y2Kim, which is precisely why Brooklyn's own diminutive diva is massing her musical troops at the border - preparing for a no-prisoners hip hop takeover of the multi-platinum variety. Cue sonic boom and enter the long-awaited "THE NOTORIOUS K.I.M."
"I know it's been a long time since my last album, but Big's death has affected me in more ways than one," writes Kim in her album notes, by way of a message to her fans.
While it's true her solo output has yet to catch up with her fast-rising fame, that reality is about to change. Enter the second release from Kim's own Queen Bee label, an incendiary second solo album that finds her teaming with co-executive producer Sean "Puffy" Combs.
"Kim's a true artist," said Combs of Kim in Vibe. "She's a perfectionist."
The pursuit of that perfection began last year at Combs's own New York City studio, Daddy's House, and included input from such serious producer talents as Puffy's Bad Boy compadre/solo artist Mario "Yellowman" Winans, with Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, Bad Boy studio team member Nasheim Myrick, Rockwilder, Younglord, Jerome "Knowbody" Foster, Carlos Broady, Kanye West, Fury For The New Jeru, Darren "Limitless" Henson, and Shaft.
The album action gets rolling in the Puffy-produced courtroom drama-styled "Lil' Drummer Boy," which finds Kim laying out her defense alongside Cee-Lo of Atlanta's famed Goodie Mob & Jersey hip hop guru Redman, and continues with the defiant autobiographical joint, "Custom Made (Give It To You)," and the new Brooklyn-centric hip hop theme song, "Who's Number One?"
Produced by the studio duo of Rated R (Coolio) & Mas, the slow rolling, flamenco-flavored head-anthem, "Suck My D**k," is Kim's bold new chapter in the book of feminine power. On the 007-meets-rap Rambo drama of the Puffy-produced "Revolution," Kim teams with the one-and-only Grace Jones and Junior M.A.F.I.A.-man/Queen Bee solo artist Lil' Cease for a true beat-driven cinemascape - in which she memorably answers Puffy with the true Kim-ism, "I'll be down in a minute, I'm drinking a Snapple."
"She was a ball of fire," Kim has said of her work with Jones. "I went to the Bahamas recently to finish part of my album, and she was there doing a show. She found me in the studio, and we partied for the whole weekend."
On the Knight Rider-flowing "How Many Licks," Kim delves into sexual politics amid lollipopping discussions of sweaty South of the Border antics, to which R&B Romeo vocalist Sisqo provides a pulsating melodic heart, and an undeniably funky soul. With the beat-bouncing, Caribbean-inspired "No Matter What They Say," Kim brings a smooth vocal delivery to the track's wildly hum-able chorus as she breaks down the details of the Queen Bee lifestyle - "I get paid just for laying in the shade/to take pictures with a glass of lemonade" - and purposefully takes on all would-be detractors. Saucy and salacious, "She Don't Love You" stands as Kim's declaration of total sexual supremacy over all comers. Yeah, Kim really knows what a girl wants.
In reprising her "HARD CORE" fave, Kim pairs with Puffy on "Queen Bitch Pt 2," a track that sends the artist one bold step forward to the front of the rap pack. Jumping up with a large measure of step-back bravado, "Don't Mess With Me" brings Pat Benetar into the ring as Kim kisses, reminisces, and then dismisses - telling all pretenders, "I'm that bitch!" Calling on her Junior M.A.F.I.A. comrades for a classic posse cut, she gets down into the thug mix with "Do What You Like," while both the Lil' Cease collaboration of "Off The Wall" and the high-flying "I'm Human" provide the album with some serious house party dancefloor diamonds. Kim shines alongside the sweet, soulful vocals of Mr. Carl Thomas on "Right Now," a record that resides within Suzanne Vega's "Tom's Diner" in recounting a pulse-speeding inter-personal close encounter. Given a hand from new Queen Bee artist Lil' Shanice, Kim brings the proceedings to a more mellow flow for the reflective "Aunt Dot," a track about growing up and coping with those
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I like her | Reviewer: shontae' | 2/23/14
I like her i jux dont no why people take negative things to say about her jux b'cuz she's speaking out about how she feels in her music , men do it allllll the time but when a female steps up and does it she's getting bashed for it like really
Brooklyn bitch | Reviewer: buff | 1/18/14
kim is the best rapper frm bedstuy I think u shud focus on wht u wer doing since 95, cause u really invented swagg back then and this lil bitches has copied that so dnt let them distract u, rap ur hood bee cause thts wht w love frm u
response to yerdadz | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/19/13
Lil Kim is not the reason why these girls are out getting pregnant n running wild. I They are out getting pregnant and running wild because they have no guidance r anybodyto care enough to teach them right fromwrong. You probably have someone in your family who got pregnant at a young age and want to blame the media for you and your family's fault for not being involved in their life
OMG !!!##** | Reviewer: lil SI | 8/15/12
WHY DO U MAKE A bad impression of the blacks coz iam A Black person u should polish yo songs or rather take acting as a job ,polish yo actions .u brain washing girls 4 the love of humanity polish up!!!!!pliz
YOU'RE STUPID!! | Reviewer: yerDadz | 9/7/09
like the title says, Lil Kim should NOT be looked up to as a role model by ANY woman EVER!! especialy if she champions girls hoeing around or just being all around slutty PERIOD!!
no wonder all these young females are comming up pregnant, and doing poorly in school, or just have no idea what it is to be respectable black woman!
HEYY:) | Reviewer: Jeremia | 7/24/07
heyy umm i was woundering how could you sing and not gett so shy or somethin ??? or what if you forget the words?
I look up to lil kim | Reviewer: crystal | 6/12/07
tyo kim. I really like you. and I do look up to you a lot. I like what you do and what you say in your music. get at me my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
my idol | Reviewer: naomi | 12/19/05
lil kim is my idol i think wot she does makes a good impression to the girls like when she says that boys can be a hoe mo but girls cant an it aint fair so i can sit here an say that lil kim is reppin girls
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