Hardcore (Explicit Version) CD (1996)

Artist: Lil' Kim

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Product Overview


Label Wea/atlantic/big Beat Records
SKU 60002276
UPC 075679273321
UPC 14 00075679273321
Format CD
Release Date 11/12/1996
Author Lil' Kim
Compilation Appearance Life After Death (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance No Way Out (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Money Power Respect (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Vol. 1-In My Lifetime (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Vol. 1-Traffic Jams (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Room 112
Compilation Appearance Murda Muzik (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Vol. 4-60 Minutes Of Funk (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Best Of Both Worlds (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Chicago
Compilation Appearance Body Kiss
Compilation Appearance Totally Hip-Hop
Compilation Appearance Booty Time
Compilation Appearance Urban Legend (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Entourage (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Greatest Hits (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Just Like You
Compilation Appearance Back To The Traphouse(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Atlantic Records: Time Capsule (Limited Edition)
Compilation Appearance From The Hut To The Projects To The M
Compilation Appearance Battle Of The Sexes(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance PLAYLIST:VERY BEST OF MOBB DEEP(Explicit Version)
Artist Influence 2Pac
Artist Influence Da Brat
Artist Influence Jay-Z
Artist Influence LL Cool J
Artist Influence Mariah Carey
Artist Influence Mary J. Blige
Artist Influence MC Lyte
Artist Influence Mobb Deep
Artist Influence Puff Daddy
Artist Influence Queen Latifah
Artist Influence Roxanne Shant?
Artist Influence The Notorious B.I.G.
Artist Influence TLC
Artist Influence Too $hort
Artist Contemporary Aaliyah
Artist Contemporary AZ
Artist Contemporary Craig Mack
Artist Contemporary D'Angelo
Artist Contemporary Da Brat
Artist Contemporary Diddy
Artist Contemporary Eve
Artist Contemporary Foxy Brown (Rap)
Artist Contemporary Fugees
Artist Contemporary Gangsta Boo
Artist Contemporary High Class
Artist Contemporary Jacki-O (Rap)
Artist Contemporary Jermaine Dupri
Artist Contemporary Junior M.A.F.I.A.
Artist Contemporary Khia
Artist Contemporary La' Chat
Artist Contemporary Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes
Artist Contemporary M.O.P.
Artist Contemporary Mase
Artist Contemporary Master P
Artist Contemporary Mic Geronimo
Artist Contemporary Missy Elliott
Artist Contemporary Organized Konfusion
Artist Contemporary Porsha
Artist Contemporary Puff Daddy
Artist Contemporary Redman
Artist Contemporary Remy Ma
Artist Contemporary Ruff Ryders
Artist Contemporary Shawnna
Artist Contemporary Skin Deep
Artist Contemporary The LOX
Artist Contemporary The Notorious B.I.G.
Artist Contemporary Total
Artist Follower Peaches
Artist Follower Princess Superstar
Artist Follower Trina (Rap)
Artist Follower Tweet
Technical Info
CatalogID 92733
Lable Name Undeas/Big Beat
Released 11/12/1996
Original Release 1996
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00075679273321
Musical Guests
The Notorious B.I.G.
Junior M.A.F.I.A.
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Lil' Kim, Jay-Z, Junior M.A.F.I.A., The Notorious B.I.G., Adilah (vocals); LaMarquis Jefferson (bass); Fela.
Producers include: Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs, Stevie J., Ski, The Notorious B.I.G., Cornbread, Stretch Armstrong, Prestige, Jermaine Dupri.
Engineers include: Kenny Ortiz, Jermaine Dupri, Tony Black, Phil Tan.
Principally recorded at The Hit Factory, New York, New York.
"Not Tonight" was nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group.
Personnel: Adilah, The Notorious B.I.G. (vocals).
Audio Mixers: Richard Travali; Axel Niehaus; Tony Smalios; Tony Black.
Photographer: Michael Lavine.
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.
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.
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.
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..."
Disc 1
1 Intro In A-Minor
2 Big Momma Thang - (featuring Jay-Z)
3 No Time
4 Spend A Little Doe
5 Take It!
6 Crush On You
7 Drugs
8 Scheamin'
9 Queen B@#$h
10 Dreams
11 M.A.F.I.A. Land
12 We Don't Need It
13 Not Tonight
14 Player Haters
15 **** You

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