The Return of An Icon: Lil’ Kim Drops ‘9’

Twenty five years in the game and the Queen Bee can still cause a buzz. Friday, Oct. 11, the Bed-Stuy Queen dropped her 5th studio album, simply titled 9; symbolizing the return of an icon.

Lil’ Kim, a trendsetter, to say the least, has paved the way for artists such as Trina, Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion and the like, but never quite received the recognition she deserved. This week held much value, as Kim accepted the “I Am Hip-Hop” award at the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards just days before her album’s release.

At the awards she performed a series of hits both new and old, reminding us of her trailblazing artistry.

The new album consists of nine tracks reminding us Kim is still Kim, and she’s still ‘Hard Core’. Kim delivers her usual lewd and confrontational lyrics dressed in autotune announcing her presence to the new generation in the midst of the new wave.

‘9’ is currently streaming on all major platforms. Press play and have a listen below.

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