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Hard Core (Lil' Kim album)

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Hard Core (Lil' Kim album)

Studio album by Lil' Kim
GenreHip hop
LabelUndeas, Big Beat, Atlantic
Length56 : 59
ProducerVarious Lance "Un" Rivera ( exec. ) The Notorious B.I.G. (also exec. ) Jacob York (associate exec. ) Carlos Broady Sean Combs Cornbread Jermaine Dupri Fabian Hamilton Andraeo "Fanatic" Heard Minnesota Nashiem Myrick Prestige Ski Rashad Smith Stevie J Stretch Armstrong Brent "Faraoh" Toussaint
Recorded1995-1996
ReleasedNovember 12, 1996 ( 1996-11-12 )
StudioThe Hit Factory , New York City

Hard Core is Lil' Kims debut album. It was originally supposed to be called Queen Bee, according to one of her 1996 interviews. After achieving success with Hip Hop group Junior MAFIA and Their Album Conspiracy, KIM began working on her solo album with Notorious BIG serving as executive producer. She collaborates with a number of producers, such as Sean Puff Daddy Combs, Stevie J., And Jermaine Dupri, among others. Other rappers, including JAY Z, Lil' Cease and Puff Daddy were featured on the album. The album is most known for its sexual tone. Although it peaks at 11 on Billboard 200, it is regarded as a classic album among female Rap. It is certified double platinum according to RIAA and has sold five million copies worldwide.

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Background

After making her debut recording appearance on Junior MAFIA's Conspiracy Album, Lil' Kim appears on records by artists such as Mona Lisa, Isley Brothers, and Total. With recording her debut album, Hard Core, was mainly recorded at Hit Factory in Manhattan, New York City. Working with a number of producers, including Sean puff Daddy combs and Jermaine Dupri, album features edgy hardcore Rap and explicit sexuality, as the title suggest, which at the time were two territories that had long been province of male rappers. The album was originally titled Queen Bee. Guest artists include Jay-Z, Notorious BIG, and other members of Junior MAFIA promotional campaign for Album, including the album cover, feature provocative advertisements of Kim dressed in a skimpy bikini and surrounded by furs. During recording sessions, Kim and BIG made a demo for the track Street Dreams, never released officially. BIG Momma Thang was originally intended to be diss towards Faith Evans and 2Pac but was re-record after Biggie disapproved of it. The verse containing remarks about Faith was replaced by Jay-Z's vocals while the third verse, which had diss on 2Pac, was re-record by Kim.

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Commercial performance

The first two singles from Hard Core, Platinum No Time and Remix version of Crush on You both peak in Top twenty on Billboard Hot 100, Top ten of Hot R & B Singles Chart, and Top Rap Songs Chart. Both singles peak at in the Top fifty in the UK Singles Chart. The third single Not Tonight became a huge Top ten success in 1997, peaking at number six on Hot 100, number three on Hot R & B Singles Chart, and also on the Top Rap Songs Chart, making KIM the first female Rap artist to have three consecutive number-one singles on that Chart. The single also reached Top twenty on UK charts and number ten in Germany. The single was certified platinum by RIAA. It was nominated in 1998 for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.

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AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier

After a couple of low-profile years where it seemed like Lil' KIM was fading away into the obscurity of Rap history, she returned in 2003 with a strong effort, La Bella MAFIA, that reestablished her as an industry icon. Her previous album, Notorious KIM, had been somewhat of disappointment relative to her smash debut, Hard Core. Where her debut had lived up to its title and presented her as sexually charged gangstress-Notorious BIG's right-hand woman and momentarily undisputed Queen of New York-her follow-Up made an ill-fat bid for pop-crossover success. Overseen by Puff Daddy on the eve of his initial popular collapse, Notorious KIM was a mishmash collection of collabos and overblown Biggie odes that didn't resonate well with her fans, pop crowd, or critics. It's perhaps fitting then that on La Bella MAFIA KIM returns to her sexually charge gangstress image, forgoing overt pop concessions in favor of the sort of hardcore motifs that had always been her stock-in-trade. While she plays Up gangstress image well, there's still plenty of commerciality going on here, as hitmakers like Timbaland, Scott Storch, Kayne West, and Swizz Beatz craft beats while guests like 50 Cent, Missy Elliott, Styles P, and Twista bring some additional flavor. This results in some edgy yet radio-Ready tracks like Jump Off, Magic Stick, and can You Hear Me Now? Elsewhere, there are some substantial album tracks that fill out the album, particularly the emotive Heavenly Father, slow-jamming Can't F * k With Queen Bee, and guess Who's Back-esque Come Back for You. As with most Rap Albums, La Bella MAFIA could use a little trimming, but it's relatively solid album with quite a bit of lyrical substance to accompany first-rate beatmaking. Queen B has a lot to say here after her long sabbatical, and she's noticeably slow down her flow, which brings her word choices to the fore. As a result of all this, La Bella MAFIA affirm KIM's briefly questionable status as a formidable female presence in man's world and once again turns the often sexist mindset of Rap on its head in the process.


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La Bella MAFIA receives generally positive reviews, as Metacritic reviews score it at 65 out of 100. AllMusic critic Jason Birchmeier states her previous album Notorious KIM was considered a disappointment as a follow-up to her debut album Hard Core and La Bella MAFIA reestablished her as an industry icon. Nick Catucci, critic for Spin Magazine, who give album 3 stars, claim, King is dead-long live Queen. Stylus Magazine critic Brett Berliner give album B +, calling the album one of the top hip-hop albums of 2003 and say, KIM is now in a class of female MCs that includes only Rah Digga and MC Lyte-and she's more confident, funny, and sexy than any of them. Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine gave the album 3 stars, stating the album was her most consistent effort to date, and adding the album plays like one giant bravado about everything: fame, money, power, sex, clothes, rhymes. Critics were also impressed with her lyrical ability. Jon Caramanica of Rolling Stone gives the album 3 stars stating, when she really gets her hands dirty, KIM sounds more forceful and engaged than she's been in years. However, some critics felt the album was too long and contained too many fillers. Birchmeier of AllMusic state album could use a little trimming. Brett Berliner of Stylus Magazine say, I enjoy about eight songs on this album, but they're tracks I only feel like listening to from time to time.

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