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Notorious K.I.M.

The Notorious K.I.M.

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by Lil' Kim

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Since Lil' Kim made her debut with the aptly titled Hard Core (the scandalous cover featured a bikini-clad Kim straddling a bear rug), she's become as well-known for her sexuality as she has for her hard-as-nails rhyme skills. With her tantalizing persona and her provocative outfits, Kim (nee´ Kimberly Jones) is the hip-hop


Since Lil' Kim made her debut with the aptly titled Hard Core (the scandalous cover featured a bikini-clad Kim straddling a bear rug), she's become as well-known for her sexuality as she has for her hard-as-nails rhyme skills. With her tantalizing persona and her provocative outfits, Kim (nee´ Kimberly Jones) is the hip-hop generation's Cher -- lusted after by male fans and both envied and emulated by female fans. But as the title of this album announces, the reigning queen of hip-hop wears her notoriety as comfortably as she does a Versace slip dress. Kim was the Notorious B.I.G.'s protégé and his unapologetic mistress during his marriage to R&B diva Faith Evans, and this recording is a vivid reminder that Ms. Jones is quite proud of her affair with the hip-hop legend: "He was my nigga and I was his bitch/Had beef with your wife that ain't patched up yet/But I got love for your kids/I put 'em in my will," she raps on "Hold On," which features uplifting vocals by Mary J. Blige. While she continues the celebration of explicit sex and materialistic excess found on Hard Core, the production on Notorious is crisper; and the stories, such as the vengeful murder-and-courtroom drama "Lil' Drummer Boy" featuring Redman and the Goodie Mob's Cee-Lo, are darker and more violent. Notorious also offers several hot guest appearances: Sisqo is up to the salacious demands of "How Many Licks"; wild woman Grace Jones and Lil' Cease appear on "Revolution"; and "Queen Bitch Pt. 2" features Puffy and Biggie. Each of the 18 tracks is laden with pop hooks -- "Don't Mess with Me" reels from a guitar and vocal sample of Pat Benatar's feverish hit "Heartbreaker" -- but with Kim's foul mouth, this isn't exactly a radio-friendly record. You'll be happy to know, however, that the self-proclaimed "Dr. Ruth of rap" eagerly makes house calls. Martin Johnson

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
A long four years after making her big, salacious splash on Hard Core, Lil' Kim returned as a very different rapper on The Notorious K.I.M., and not necessarily for the better. For one, her close friend and collaborator the Notorious B.I.G. had been murdered during the interim. The sad passing heavily informs this glitzy yet ultimately somber album, not only the title but many of the lyrics too. Biggie had played a large role in the success of Hard Core, and his absence here is gaping. Also, the Queen Bitch invites along a host of collaborators to fill the gap left behind by her departed former executive producer. Puff Daddy fills Biggie's large shoes and unfortunately gives the album the same sort of gaudiness that had marred his recent round of releases on Bad Boy Records, namely his own Forever and Mase's Double Up. As on those albums, nearly every track on Notorious K.I.M. is helmed by a different producer, many feature a guest, and most make some sort of pop-crossover concession. Sometimes the pop-rap tactics pay off, particularly on "Custom Made (Give It to You)," where the orgasmic moans of Lil' Louis' house classic "French Kiss" are looped ad infinitum to impressive effect, and on "How Many Licks?," where Sisqó trades off one come-on after another with Kim.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lil' Kim   Primary Artist
Grace Jones   Track Performer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Vocals,Track Performer
Mario Winans   Track Performer
Carl Thomas   Track Performer
Sisqó   Track Performer
Lil' Cease   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Sean "Puffy" Combs   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
J. Hill   Composer
K. Jones   Composer
Tony Maserati   Engineer
Michael Patterson   Engineer
Rob Paustian   Engineer
Rakim   Composer
Ed Raso   Engineer
Doug Wilson   Engineer
Rasheed Goodlowe   Engineer
H. "Hank" Thomas   Composer
Eric B.   Composer
Lil' Kim   Composer
Lynn Kowalewski   Art Direction
Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie   Producer
Caram Costanzo   Engineer
Jim Janik   Engineer
Stephen Dent   Engineer
Rockwilder   Producer
Shannon "Slam" Lawrence   Engineer
Kanye West   Producer
Roger Che   Engineer
D. Taylor   Composer
Dave Wade   Engineer
Klen "Shaft" Raphael   Producer

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The Notorious K.I.M. 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
NO matter what people say ,you can be what you want to to be a person is a person and we all can make it around this world with the smallest talent.''BUY THIS ALBUM IF ANY BECAUSE IT IS HOT AND YOU LEARN ALOT.LOVE YA QUEEN BEE KEEP IT UP''
Guest More than 1 year ago
The album is truly hot with a mix of Hardcore, Club, R&B and Carribean Flava all mixed in one POT!!! She has proven to be a true emcee by writting all her own lyrics to each song on the album. IF y'all don't buy this joint, ya'll missing out on the illest!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lil' kim is back with a fresh album.She mixes hip hop with rap and rap with r and b. Fans of Kim will be satisfied.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kim has always stood her ground on 'HARD CORD' but this album she put her talent to work. If you haven't checked it out you need to because it's a must. She sets the record straight for all the other want-to-be female emcees out there. She also let's them know that she can do it again and again unlike the other one hit wonders. But kims holds her ground on this one, go cop it you wouldn't be unpleased.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought kim was gone do her thing. I was mad when I had to wait for her album. She could of kept that. Her single is the only thing she got going.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not going to be hatin on Lil Kim, but I'm was not too thrilled on her album Notorious K.I.M. She really doesn't have that flow, where as Foxy Brown(Broken Silence) now thats a album you must buy. Boogie Brown is one of a kind and if you really want to listen to music buy ''Broken Silence'' Ill Na Na is the true ''King B'' if you asked me, now what are you waiting for, get some real music!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The cd sound good I don't think it sound good as it could but I like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THe QUEEN is back for all y'all playa hatin,chicken head, scrubs. Let me tell you this album is hot with mad fury. I mean its like a viberant rainbow for ears. Songs like 'REVOLUTION', 'NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY , SINGLE BLACK FEMALE, and 'HOW MANY LICKS are off the hook. But my personal favs are 'QUEEN B#$! PT.2, 'DON'T MESS WITH ME', and I'M HUMAN along with many others like 'AUNT DOT' feat. Lil Shanice y'all gotta hear this song for y'all selfs its wicked tight! The whole album is 18 songs of pure talent with rock, r&b, pop, regga, and hard hip hop. This is truly a must get!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I listened this whole album and I am thoroughly impressed with the finished product. You might think that this album is all sexually contented but it also takes you through what Lil' Kim has been through. Listen to the track 'Hold On' which has to be the most amazing track. Through her tears, Kim tells about all the tough times she has been through. Mary J. Blige sings the heck out of the hook and makes it an instant classic as well as the whole album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Notorious K.I.M is the bomb! This cd is lil Kim's best yet. She has some of the bomb artist on there ranging from Mary J. Blige to little Cease. She has some dope beats and in the songs, she talks about her life (the true lil Kim). Some of her songs hit home and others make you see things as they really are. One of songs, ''No Matter What People Say'' lets you know, it doesn't matter what others think about you as long as you know you got it going on. Also another one of her songs talks about holding on and things will get better. In the past, her songs have been more sexual to along with her sexual demenor. Don't get me wrong, Lil Kim is still dressing sexy, but her music is more personal. This Cd is straight ''hardcore''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These songs are great. Lil' Kim did a good job at perfecting every ryhme and beat. This album was worth waiting for and all female rappers will reign her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kim is mos def the hottest female rapper out! Everybody please stop hatin and let her do her! I am feeling this album more and more everyday. My favorite is 'She don't love you' This album will def blow up! Foxy look out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It really didn't have too many dancing songs. It was very redundant with it's lyrical content. Although she had some very clever and suttle rhymes, almost every track talked about the same thing. The beat selection could've been better as well. It's not as good as her first one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE the new album. Its HOT! My favs are 'Don't Mess Wit' Me', 'Queen Bee part 2', 'Lil' Drummer Boy', 'SMD', 'Single Black Female', 'No Matter What They Say', 'Notorious K.I.M.', and 'Do What You Like'. Get the album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
lil kim is a role model.no matter what people say she always in a cheerful mood.and she is very pretty .some people don't look right with blue ,pink ,and all this color hair these days but lil kim looks good .
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Guest More than 1 year ago
In 1985, during an interview with CNN, Quincy Jones said, ''The use of obscene language shows a lack of imagination and creativity.'' Lil' Kim has proven the Legendary Mr. Jones to be ultra correct.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The album at first is a little harsh but after listening to it sevral times you are able to see into her life. Like many artists before her, she writes about her life experiences. The music is full of emotion as are the words. Add this to your collection of female rappers. The rise of the Queen B is here !!!