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A timely reminder that Lil Kim’s ‘Hard Core’ is still the greatest rap record of all time
Today in Hip Hop History: 23 Years Ago Lil’ Kim Released Her Debut Album Hard Core | The Source
She's got a new album, '9', out today, so let's revisit Lil Kim's fabulously rude, game-changing masterpiece, shall we? The feud, and the cancelling of the feud, underlined two things. Number one: there probably would have been no Nicki Minaj without Lil Kim. And number two: Kim has held sway over the cultural zeitgeist for more than two decades now. I mean, why not? G , it was her solo debut that established the year-old as a true iconoclast — one with an uncompromising worldview and thrillingly, jaw-droppingly singular sense of humour.
Kimberly Denise Jones born July 11, or ,  known professionally as Lil' Kim , is an American rapper, songwriter, model, and actress. Born and raised in Brooklyn , New York , she lived much of her adolescent life on the streets after being expelled from home. In , she was discovered by fellow rapper The Notorious B. Her following albums, The Notorious K. Billboard Hot
Hard Core is the debut studio album by American rapper Lil' Kim. After achieving a success with the hip hop group Junior M. The album was notable for its overt raunchy sexual tone and Kim's lyrical delivery, which was praised by music critics and is considered a classic album.