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‘Hard Core’ Revisited: Lil Kim’s 25 Best Bars From Her Debut


It’s been almost 17 years since Lil Kim delivered her raunchy solo debut Hard Core. The album was executive produced by Puff Daddy and the Notorious B.I.G., but the impact of the songs didn’t solely lie in the lush production or the clever lyrics; Kim’s delivery was the driving point. Females in rap rarely took the chances to say the things Kim said on wax—from an overpriced lifestyle to leaving sexual inhibitions at the bedroom door. Lil Kim simply didn’t care what you thought, and the result was a Hard Core debut. As Lil’ Kim readies Hard Core 2K13: Back To Da Streets, XXL revisits some of the punchy bars brought forth from the original Hard Core, from the original Queen Bee. – KI

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