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Hard Core

Lil' Kim

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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."

Customer Reviews


I teach hip hop dance classes to kids and I'm always on the lookout for clean versions of the albums i like. This album is advertised as clean, but is not at all clean. Would somebody clean it up and get back to me???

Crush on you

Crush on you has no lil kim on it, just ceaser!


I downloaded a song from this LP to play at a public event. Glad I listen to it before playing it, non of these songs are clean versions. Get it right!!!


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...
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