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Before the plastic surgery, before the GRAMMY, before the prison drama, and before the reality shows, Lil' Kim was a young girl growing up in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, whose life changed forever when she crossed paths with a pre-fame Notorious B.I.G. In a long-standing hip-hop tradition, after Biggie blew up, he gave back to his peoples, assembling the group Junior M.A.F.I.A. in 1994. While they technically included seven people, Kim was undoubtedly the main attraction, thanks to her stunning appearance and uninhibited wordplay. Junior M.A.F.I.A. released one album and a few hit singles (most notably "Get Money” and “Player's Anthem”), setting the foundation for Kim's aptly titled first solo album. Hard Core was just that — a collection of over-the-top jams focused almost exclusively on freaky trysts, violent showdowns, narcotics transactions, and high-end designer gear, with sample-heavy production from Puffy and Jermaine Dupri. Definitely her roughest and most focused album, it includes the singles "Crush On You" and "No Time," plus fan favorites "Big Momma Thang" (featuring a young Jay-Z) and "We Don't Need It."

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1st of all - itunes needs to put kimnotyze, in the air tonite, Ms. G.O.A.T, and her new album Vintage on here. 2nd - This is like the third copy of the explicit version of Hard Core on here! BUT other than all that - I LOVE THIS ALBUM! Definite Downloads: No Time Big Momma Thang Crush On You Drugs Queen B@#$H Not Tonight

XIV years later.....

"Hardcore" is mos def a classic! Since it's debut no other female has been able to do it like Kim.


Best female rapper to ever do it and still on top epitome of a hustler Neva will I think different!


Born: July 11, 1975 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

After making her presence known on Junior M.A.F.I.A.'s debut album, Conspiracy, Lil' Kim launched a solo career in 1996 with the release of her first record, Hard Core. As the album's title implies, Kim was a rarity among female rappers -- one who not only concentrated on edgy hardcore rap but also explicit sexuality, two territories that had long been the province of male rappers. Of course, Kim's near-pornographic sexuality and hard-edged rhythms made her an anomaly within hip-hop, but Hard Core...
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