La Bella Mafia

La Bella Mafia

by Lil' KimLil' Kim

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Overview

On her sophomore disc, Notorious K.I.M., rap vixen Lil' Kim was both grieving the loss of -- and trying to emerge from the shadow of -- her slain mentor and lover, the Notorious B.I.G. Although that disc had some winning moments, Kim fares better at establishing her own identity on her self-produced third disc, La Bella Mafia. What that identity is, however -- beyond a kinky young woman with an affinity for mobsters, plastic surgery, and shopping sprees -- is still a bit hazy. Although blindly boastful lyrics such as, "Y'all get your diamonds from Jacob/I ain't mad at cha/I get mine straight out the Kimberly gold mine in Africa" won't win her any points for being socially conscious (or too bright), love her or hate her, Kim is still the most captivating female rapper in the biz. Continuing in the sexually explicit and materialistic vein of her previous discs, Lil' Kim sounds the most energized on the percussive, Timbaland-produced "The Jump Off"; the Scott Storch club thumper "(When Kim Say) Can You Hear Me Now?," featuring Missy Elliott; and the bluesy, R. Kelly–produced "This Is a Warning," on which Kim sounds a tongue-in-cheek alarm to her rap rivals. In case that track missed its intended targets, Kim reloads on "Came Back for You," where she spits venomous rhymes like: "It's enough I got to put up with this doo-doo Brown chick...Keep your tacky ways/And go back to your stripper days/As long as I'm around/You 'gon bow down." Looks like Foxy and Eve better take cover. With La Bella Mafia, Lil' Kim reclaims her throne as rap's reigning Queen Bee.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/04/2003
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678357220
catalogNumber: 83572
Rank: 50223

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lil' Kim   Primary Artist
Full Force   Background Vocals
Shelene Thomas   Background Vocals
Governor   Background Vocals
Lil James   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Deniece Williams   Composer
Full Force   Producer
Roy Hawkins   Composer
Jimmy Webb   Composer
R. Kelly   Composer
Adam Horovitz   Composer
Owen Brown   Vocal Coach
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer
James Mtume   Composer
Darryl McDaniels   Composer
Tim Patterson   Composer
Rick Rubin   Composer
Lil' Kim   Composer
Lynn Kowalewski   Art Direction
Havoc   Producer
Timbaland   Producer
Nathan Watts   Composer
Ez Elpee   Producer
Carlos Evans   Composer
Kanye West   Producer
J."Wax" Garfield   Producer
C.C. Mitchell   Composer
Kamel Abdo   Engineer
R. Evans   Composer
Vincent Soyez   Cover Photo
Big Hill   Producer
J. Garfield   Composer
L.J. Porter   Composer
Fantom of the Beat   Producer
Kasseem Dean   Composer
Greg "Gee" Stewart   Engineer
Shaft   Producer
Lanre Gaba   Administration
Dan "The Man" Humiston   Engineer
Cortez Farris   Engineer
Joseph Simmons   Composer
Kejuan Muchita   Composer
DJ Bless   Producer
Scott Storch   Composer,Producer
Kimberly Jones   Composer
Terrance Kelly   Composer

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