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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
After a couple low-profile years where it seemed like Lil' Kim was fading away into the obscurity of rap history, she returned in 2003 with a strong effort, La Bella Mafia, that reestablished her as an industry icon. Her previous album, Notorious K.I.M. 2000, had been somewhat of a disappointment relative to her smash debut, Hard Core 1996. Where her debut had lived up to its title and presented her as a sexually charged gangstress -- the Notorious B.I.G.'s right-hand woman and the momentarily undisputed queen of New York -- her follow-up made an ill-fated bid for pop-crossover success. Overseen by Puff Daddy on the eve of his initial popular collapse, Notorious K.I.M....
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
After a couple low-profile years where it seemed like Lil' Kim was fading away into the obscurity of rap history, she returned in 2003 with a strong effort, La Bella Mafia, that reestablished her as an industry icon. Her previous album, Notorious K.I.M. 2000, had been somewhat of a disappointment relative to her smash debut, Hard Core 1996. Where her debut had lived up to its title and presented her as a sexually charged gangstress -- the Notorious B.I.G.'s right-hand woman and the momentarily undisputed queen of New York -- her follow-up made an ill-fated bid for pop-crossover success. Overseen by Puff Daddy on the eve of his initial popular collapse, Notorious K.I.M. was a mishmash collection of collabos and overblown Biggie odes that didn't resonate well with her fans, the pop crowd, or critics. It's perhaps fitting then that on La Bella Mafia Kim returns to her sexually charged gangstress image, forgoing overt pop concessions in favor of the sort of hardcore motifs that had always been her stock-in-trade. While she plays up the gangstress image well, there's still plenty of commerciality going on here, as hitmakers like Timbaland, Scott Storch, Kayne West, and Swizz Beatz craft the beats while guests like 50 Cent, Missy Elliott, Styles P, and Twista bring some additional flavor. This results in some edgy yet radio-ready tracks like "The Jump Off," "Magic Stick," and "When Kim Say Can You Hear Me Now?" Elsewhere, there are some substantial album tracks that fill out the album, particularly the emotive "Heavenly Father," the slow-jamming "Can't F**k With Queen Bee," and the "Guess Who's Back"-esque "Came Back for You." As with most rap albums, La Bella Mafia could use a little trimming, but it's a relatively solid album with quite a bit of lyrical substance to accompany the first-rate beatmaking. The Queen B has a lot to say here after her long sabbatical, and she's noticeably slowed down her flow, which brings her word choices to the fore. As a result of all this, La Bella Mafia affirms Kim's briefly questionable status as a formidable female presence in a man's world and once again turns the often sexist mindset of rap on its head in the process. [The clean version does its best to edit the innumerable moments of profanity.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2003
  • Label: Atlantic Mod Afw
  • UPC: 075678357329
  • Catalog Number: 83573
  • Sales rank: 334,658

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (1:25)
  2. 2 Hold It Now (5:25)
  3. 3 Doing It Way Big (4:00)
  4. 4 Can't F**k With Queen Bee - Shelene Thomas (4:58)
  5. 5 Hollyhood Skit (0:51)
  6. 6 Shake Ya Bum Bum (3:18)
  7. 7 This Is Who I Am - Mashonda (3:16)
  8. 8 The Jump Off - Mr. Cheeks (3:54)
  9. 9 This Is a Warning (3:42)
  10. 10 (When Kim Say) Can You Hear Me Now? - Missy Elliott (3:12)
  11. 11 Thug Luv - Twista (4:12)
  12. 12 Magic Stick - 50 Cent (5:34)
  13. 13 Get in Touch With Us - Styles P (3:47)
  14. 14 Heavenly Father - Big Hill (5:08)
  15. 15 Tha Beehive (8:07)
  16. 16 Came Back for You (4:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lil' Kim Primary Artist
Full Force Background Vocals
Shelene Thomas Background Vocals
Governor Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Deniece Williams Composer
Full Force Producer
Roy Hawkins Composer
Jimmy Webb Composer
The Notorious B.I.G. Executive Producer
R. Kelly Composer
Adam Horovitz Composer
Owen Brown Vocal Coach
Sean "Puffy" Combs Composer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Leon Huff Composer
K. Jones Composer
Terrance Kelly Composer
James Mtume Composer
Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels Composer
Tim Patterson Composer
Rick Rubin Composer
Scott Spencer Storch Composer, Producer
Lil' Kim Composer
Lynn Kowalewski Art Direction
Havoc Producer
Timbaland Producer
Nathan Watts Composer
James Cruz Mastering
Carlos Evans Composer
J."Wax" Garfield Producer
Kamel Abdo Engineer
R. Evans Composer
Big Hill Producer
J. Garfield Composer
L.J. Porter Composer
Fantom of the Beat Producer
Kasseem Dean Composer
Sha Money XL Producer
Greg "Gee" Stewart Engineer
Lanre Gaba Administration
Dan "The Man" Humiston Engineer
Cortez Farris Engineer
Joseph "Run" Simmons Composer
DJ Bless Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE QUEEN IS BACK AND SHE'S AIN'T PLAYIN

    THIS ALBUM IS CRACK!! UNDENYABLY EXCELLENT BUT COULD U EXPECT ANY LESS? SHE OUT DID HERSELF ONCE AGAIN. SHE BACK AND THE GIRL AIN'T PLAYING

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    she's bout to murder catz

    Well, well it's a big moma ting..... this album is crazy....little kimberly does it again.....lyrics 'n' fire, she just knows how to rap...rip out talent and show other female rappers 'she the queen of hip hop'. This album is different, raw, sexy, blatent, and many more featuring artists....must add to your collection dont be a hater....just Hale the queennnnn...

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