The year was 1996. I’ve exhausted my exaltation of this golden age of popular music many times over on this blog so I won’t waste any more of your time.
In 1995 Kimberly Denis Jones, then a misguided teenager hailing from the streets of Brooklyn, was looking to make a name for herself in the rap game. Enter the one and only Notorious B.I.G., who after catching a freestyle of hers would make her an integral member of the short lived group Junior M.A.F.I.A. thus introducing the East Coast rap scene to Lil’ Kim.
Breaking out on her own a year later, the twenty something linked up with 90’s hitmaster Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs and Bad Boy Records to produce the debut album Hard Core, led by the take-notice anthem “No Time.” With Puffy serving as hype and hump man, Kim steps up and lays down a raw and sexually charged composition hot enough to earn her the first of three consecutive number 1 US Rap hits and a top twenty on the Billboard Hot 100. And the accompanying visuals, an escalator lover’s wet dream, parrot that same natural talent and unmistakable sensuality.
It’s just too bad she looks like a mangled Geisha these days. So let’s remember her as the fiery raptress she once was: