Today In Hip-Hop: Lil Kim Releases ‘Hard Core’ Debut

On this day, November 12, in hip-hop history… 1996: Lil Kim built her name as the first lady of The Notorious B.I.G.’s Junior M.A.F.I.A. Kim's big day came when she released her debut Hard Core, which found the BK spitter setting the standards for females in a male dominated arena. Working alongside Biggie, Jermaine Dupri, and Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs on the album, Kimmy Blanco dropped fearless rhymes that were dripping with raunchiness. There were very few female rappers at the time not giving a fuck like Kim. Hard Core comes after Ready To Die and Reasonable Doubt established the ethos of ...

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