Hardcore (1997) Lil' Kim raps so frankly about sexual issues, she could make Snoop Doggy Dogg blush. She's not, however, a gimmicky, potty-mouthed female act. Her riveting… Lil' Kim Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

Hardcore (1997)

EW's GRADE
A

Details Lead Performance: Lil' Kim; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Lil' Kim raps so frankly about sexual issues, she could make Snoop Doggy Dogg blush. She's not, however, a gimmicky, potty-mouthed female act. Her riveting stage persona — a woman living amid guns, illegal business, and predatory men — is complex and well-rounded. She's skilled, too, rhyming with ease over the silky subtle grooves of Hardcore, her debut album.

Originally posted Jan 10, 1997 Published in issue #361 Jan 10, 1997 Order article reprints