The Naked Truth

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap; Lead Performer: Lil' Kim; Producer (group): Atlantic

Hitting racks just as she begins serving a jail sentence for perjury, Lil’ Kim’s fourth record, The Naked Truth, finds the pint-size fashionista tackling subjects beyond her typical raunchy raps and odes to conspicuous consumption. Her very-real-life drama has inspired some of her most focused work — the dread-filled ”Slippin” — and also some of her worst: ”Shut Up Bitch” is merely grating and gimmicky.

Originally posted October 17 2005 — 12:00 AM EDT

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