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Format: CD
Sku: 60002276
UPC: 075679273321
UPC 14: 00075679273321
Release Date: 11/12/1996
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Intro In A-Minor ~ Lil' Kim
2. Big Momma Thang - (featuring Jay-Z) ~ Lil' Kim
3. No Time ~ Lil' Kim
4. Spend A Little Doe ~ Lil' Kim
5. Take It! ~ Lil' Kim
6. Crush On You ~ Lil' Kim
7. Drugs ~ Lil' Kim
8. Scheamin' ~ Lil' Kim
9. Queen B@#$h ~ Lil' Kim
10. Dreams ~ Lil' Kim
11. M.A.F.I.A. Land ~ Lil' Kim
12. We Don't Need It ~ Lil' Kim
13. Not Tonight ~ Lil' Kim
14. Player Haters ~ Lil' Kim
15. **** You ~ Lil' Kim

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Lil' Kim, Jay-Z, Junior M.A.F.I.A., The Notorious B.I.G., Adilah (vocals); LaMarquis Jefferson (bass); Fela.
Muze PNote Producers include: Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs, Stevie J., Ski, The Notorious B.I.G., Cornbread, Stretch Armstrong, Prestige, Jermaine Dupri.
Muze PNote Engineers include: Kenny Ortiz, Jermaine Dupri, Tony Black, Phil Tan.
Muze PNote Principally recorded at The Hit Factory, New York, New York.
Muze PNote "Not Tonight" was nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group.
Muze PNote Personnel: Adilah, The Notorious B.I.G. (vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Richard Travali; Axel Niehaus; Tony Smalios; Tony Black.
Muze PNote Photographer: Michael Lavine.
Muze PNote While male rappers like the Notorious B.I.G. and Snoop Doggy Dogg are praised for kickin' that hard-core hip-hop and keepin' it real, female MCs who talk dirty or otherwise try to represent from that same lifestyle are usually criticized for it. Double standard maybe? Well, if Too Short can talk about pimpin' and Kool G. Rap can get props for gangsta-fied lyrics, it's high time a rapper like Lil' Kim got hers.
Muze PNote As the only female member of Junior M.A.F.I.A., Lil' Kim named herself the Lieutenant, and stole the show on that band's 1995 debut album, CONSPIRACY. Lyrically, there is no doubt she's talented, but it's her rhymin' delivery that clinches things on HARD CORE. Often reminiscent of the classic album READY TO DIE by her mentor the Notorious B.I.G., the production on every track is phat, and earns Lil' Kim her crown as the new queen of hard-core rap.

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist The Notorious B.I.G.
Muze Guest Artist Junior M.A.F.I.A.
Muze Guest Artist Jay-Z

Artist Overview

The fiercest, most provocative, and most infamous female rapper of the late '90s, Lil' Kim emerged as a guest rapper on Puff Daddy and Notorious B.I.G.'s side project, Junior M.A.F.I.A.. Blowing all who heard her away, the petite Kimberly Jones became an instant icon, delivering her hard, gun-toting raps with sex-drenched attitude. Her classic debut HARD CORE found the porn-posed Kim on the cover transformed into the gang banger of the album's lyrics.
Artist Followers
Peaches | Princess Superstar | Trina (Rap) | Tweet

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-In My Lifetime (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Traffic Jams (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Murda Muzik (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 4-60 Minutes Of Funk (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Chicago
Muze Music Compilations Totally Hip-Hop
Muze Music Compilations Booty Time
Muze Music Compilations Urban Legend (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Life After Death (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Entourage (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Hits (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Back To The Traphouse(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Atlantic Records: Time Capsule (Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations From The Hut To The Projects To The M
Muze Music Compilations PLAYLIST:VERY BEST OF MOBB DEEP(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Battle Of The Sexes(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Just Like You

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 11/12/1996
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1996
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 92733
Music Label Name Label : Undeas/Big Beat
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00075679273321

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.76)
- Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."

Spin (12/96, p.141)
- 7 (out of 10)
- "...She may be no bigger than your thumb, but Lil' Kim is possessed of so much natural panache and audacity that she packs the attack of a 50-foot woman."

Entertainment Weekly (1/10/97, p.58)
- "...Her riveting stage persona--a woman living amid guns, illegal business, and predatory men--is complex and well-rounded. She's skilled, too, rhyming with ease over the silky subtle grooves of her debut album." - Rating: A

The Source (12/96, p.132)
- 3.5 Mics (out of 5)
- "...a solid debut because phat beats and rhymes are really all it takes, and they're both present..."

Rap Pages (1/97, p.28)
- "...Undeniably, she has the makings to become the `Black Madonna'...which is a perfect introduction to her solo debut effort, HARD CORE, guaranteed to hit club rap fans with an unusual abundance of aural masturbation..."

Rap Pages (1/97, p.28)
- "...Undeniably, she has the makings to become the 'Black Madonna'...which is a perfect introduction to her solo debut effort, HARD CORE, guaranteed to hit club rap fans with an unusual abundance of aural masturbation..."

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