Naked Truth

The Naked Truth

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by Lil' Kim

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Seems like for every rapper facing jail time, there's a mediocre album that precedes their incarceration. Thankfully, Lil' Kim (née Kimberly Jones) -- who began a 366-day sentence for perjury a week before releasing her fourth solo disc, The Naked Truth -- breaks that trifling trend on Hard Core, featuring some of her best material since her 1996 debut.


Seems like for every rapper facing jail time, there's a mediocre album that precedes their incarceration. Thankfully, Lil' Kim (née Kimberly Jones) -- who began a 366-day sentence for perjury a week before releasing her fourth solo disc, The Naked Truth -- breaks that trifling trend on Hard Core, featuring some of her best material since her 1996 debut. Inspired by her current legal woes, the Queen Bee clears her mind and her name before heading to the Big House. She starts off by sending a lyrical rebuttal to her critics with the aptly titled "Shut Up B**ch," then directs her anger toward her former Junior M.A.F.I.A. posse ("My Ni**s") and her onetime collaborator 50 Cent ("Spell Check"). The venting session continues as the Brooklyn native voices her disgust with the legal system, over the soothing grooves of "Slippin'." But once Kim sets the record straight, she's in a more festive mood, as shown by such high-energy cuts as "Put Ya Lighters Up," "All Good," and "Get Yours," featuring T.I. Instead of detailing her sexual exploits as she's done in the past, on The Naked Truth, a reflective Kim travels down a more personal path of pain, struggle, and redemption. The result is an album that, true to its name, strips away the fluff -- and in so doing, reveals her growth as an artist and a woman. B.I.G. would be proud. Anslem Samuel

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
If you're going to do whatever possible to look like a doll, you might as well go all the way and sound like a talking doll, which is one thing Lil' Kim does effectively during much of The Naked Truth, her fourth album in ten years. When she yanks the cord out of her back and comes to life, it's only to deliver her most spiteful and bitter lines. She has many gripes and an even larger number of foes. The release of the album coincided with the beginning of a yearlong prison sentence for perjury and conspiracy, so it's entirely understandable why she would have some embittered thoughts to get off her chest, but even when she's playing the role of a hedonist, she seems distracted and disinterested. The productions are provided by a lengthy list of beatmakers, which gives the album a lot of range but not a good sense of flow. 7 Aurelius' work on "Kitty Box" is the most creative of all, spinning Shocking Blue's "Love Buzz" (one of the greatest previously unused breaks) into a swirling maze of sleaze. Hopefully, Kim's year away will leave her refreshed and ready to make a return album that's as exciting and as colorful as Hard Core or La Bella Mafia.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lil' Kim   Primary Artist
Snoop Dogg   Rap
Money Mike   Background Vocals
Fredwreck Nassar   Organ,Bass
Jack Knight   Vocals
Denaun Porter   Vocals
Game   Rap
Katt Williams   Vocals
Erik "Baby Jesus" Coomes   Guitar
7   Vocals
Stephanie Beethoven   Vocals
Katrina Gibson   Vocals
Roger "Mista Raja" Greene   Vocals
Jeekyman   Vocals
Terrance "Hot Runner" Lovelace   Vocals
Wiz Gamb   Vocals
Sha-Dash   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Millie Jackson   Composer
Nile Rodgers   Composer
John White   Producer
Notorious B.I.G.   Executive Producer
Dave Aron   Engineer
Hillary Weston   Composer,Executive Producer,Management
Randy Klein   Composer
Lil' Kim   Executive Producer
Craig Kallman   Executive Producer
Fredwreck Nassar   Composer,Producer
Fred Wreck   Audio Production
J.F. Coleman   Composer
Mason Betha   Composer
Dan the Man   Audio Production
Kevin Cates   Producer
C. Harris   Composer
Big Hill   Producer
Denaun Porter   Producer,Audio Production
B.H. Edwards   Composer
Michael Williams   Audio Production
Michael "Taz" Williams   Producer
Ellen To   Art Direction
Jean Nelson   Executive Producer
Roberto Deste   Cover Photo
J.R. Rotem   Producer,Audio Production
7   Producer,Audio Production
Roger "Mista Raja" Greene   Composer,Producer
Jeekyman   Producer
Terrance "Hot Runner" Lovelace   Composer,Producer
Hot Runner   Audio Production
Scott Storch   Composer,Producer,Audio Production

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The Naked Truth 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The one and only QB has been busy recently and it shows. Whether imposed by the sentence due or simply by the demand after 2 years past after her last release, Lil' Kim is back with a strong album on both lyrical and production ends. It comes through with hardcore lyrics and usual-notorious-kim rhymes as well as persisting the flow improvement similarly to La Bella Mafia (2003). Definietly serious and feeling as assured as a migid on the throne, self-proclaimed Black Madonna stays on the grind keeps holding it down all the way among the verses, never sliding of the decent level the 15 tracks offer. Only one of them takes the listeners away from the regular program for a while, to straighten out the convicted Kimberly Jones situation and her side of the story (song titled Slippin'). Afterwards it hits with Biggie's samples and it gets as real as real can get (All Good, follwed by I Know You See Me): regognition, responding to the street word and exposing the naked truth. Backed up by the neverending phonecalls and, not so present as on La Bella Mafia, radio station theme messages, the rapper treats us with the keep-it-hiphop joints on the later part of the album. Here we can find Kronik to make it a bit more enjoyable, Gimme That sexual healing, a We Don't Give a .... getting money attitude and a seduction place to play naughty - Kitty Box. The last one is interesting as much as the club molested banger Candy Shop (see the resemblance?) of Kim's last album featuring, now disrespected, 50 Cent. Inspired by guitar strings and "kimnotysing" indian background it is a well advanced competitor. No matter how lusting, this part lasts for about 4 tracks finished off with a return-a-favor T.I. verse song Get Yours. The beats are fresh and well set up along the 1 hour and 4 minutes of music, which is, fortunately, not another cliché badly co-operated bunch of super producers contributions. On the bench we have in my opinion the 6th player awarded Twista and Bun B (known from Mike Jones cd), with help of whom Kim executes a brilliant organ-supported crunk joint. Interestingly, instead of 50 on this release we hear ex-G-unit member The Game, providing the chorus on the first single - Quiet. Other featurings include Sha-Dash, Maino and even Snoop Dogg. Summarising, Naked Truth is an oustanding album from "the ghost of B.I.G.", worth at least several listens before QB's last day, when she cannot record till the end of her jail time. And, as she says, they can take her body but not her voice and soul, although the Naked Truth shows that for the loyalty to the rap game - she is 100% guilty.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Definitely a collectors item for hip hop fanatics world-wide. Kim, undeniably, has put the female rap standards at a all- time high. Other female rappers B.T.Q.( Beware of The Queen)!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lil Kim's "The Naked Truth" is one of the best music compilations I've heard in a long time. It's nice to hear honest words spoken by someone who's actually lived a life with depth. She's experienced a great deal, and the ideas she expresses in her music are both refreshing and candid.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago