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Multi-platinum recording artist Lil' Kim possesses a presence and persona that looms well beyond her tiny frame. From her days as the feisty front woman of the Brooklyn rap collective, Junior M.A.F.I.A. - playing the Bonnie to the Notorious B.I.G.'s Clyde to her current status as hip-hop's Grammy-winning, fashion-forward Queen Bee, Kim continues to effortlessly captivate, seduce, provoke, and entertain. Whether she is ripping it live onstage, working it on the runway, or turning heads on the red carpet, Kim makes you look and listen! Kim is back with a vengeance with her fourth studio album taking her back to the days of Hard Core. Her highly anticipated and controversial release promises to be an event.
Scott Spencer Storch; J.R. Rotem; Denaun Porter; 7; Kevin "Khao" Cates; Michael "Taz" Williams; Terrance "Hot Runner" Lovelace; Roger "Mista Raja" Greene; Jeekyman; John White; Big Hill; Fredwreck Nassar; Dan The Man; Scott Spencer Storch; MIchael William
Number of Discs
76m : 23s
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Lil' Kim; Katt Williams, Katrina Gibson, Stephanie Beethoven, Terrance "Hot Runner" Lovelace, Wiz Gamb, Roger "Mista Raja" Greene, Jeekyman, 7, Jack Knight, Denaun Porter (vocals); Snoop Dogg, The Game (rap vocals); Erik "Baby Jesus" Coomes (guitar); Fredwreck Nassar (organ); Money Mike (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Manny Marroquin; Glen Marchese.
Recording information: Hit Factory Criteria Studios, Miami, FL; Hit Factory, New York, NY; House Of Vibes, New York, NY; Sony Music Studios, New York, NY.
Photographers: Roberto Deste; Roger Erickson.
In 2005, distractions swirled around Lil' Kim in the form of a year's jail-time for perjury, regarding a shooting that she witnessed outside of a bar. Nevertheless, Brooklyn's queen bee went into the studio and stepped out with the most focused record of her career, NAKED TRUTH. The court case inevitably gets prominent mention on the album, from the re-creation of the original event on the intro, to the creeping, menacing "Quiet" where she points her rapier wit at rivals and accusers, labeling them "softer than chinchillas."
Although NAKED TRUTH deals with the tabloid drama, that never overwhelms this vibrant record. On the majestically catchy single "Lighters Up," she dispatches the trial in the first line before launching into a standard but wickedly clever assertion of her power, dissecting the rest of the rap universe. NAKED TRUTH also finds Kim at the pinnacle of her sensuality, in consummate control on tracks like the swaggering "I Know You See Me." While Lil' Kim has become larger than life, her MC skills are sharp enough that amidst the chaos, she emerges with one solid album.
Rolling Stone (No. 985, p.76) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Kim's fourth album, THE NAKED TRUTH, comes out of the box with pristine pop-rap production and doesn't let up...."
Vibe (p.210) - 5 discs out of 5 - "With scathing lyricism and infectious beats, TRUTH validates the Queen Bee's position as the definitive rap vixen."