Personnel includes: Lil' Kim, Missy Elliot, Styles P, Governor, Twista, Mashonda, Havoc, Shelene Thomas, Full Force, Lil' Shanice, Swizz Beats, Mr. Cheeks, 50 Cent, Big Hill, Reeks, Bunky S.A., Vee, Saint.
Producers include: Shaft, Havoc, J. Waxx Garfield, Timbaland, Kayne West.
"Came Back For You" was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Female Rap Solo Performance. "Magic Stick" was nominated for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group.
Personnel: Full Force, Governor, Lil James, Shelene Thomas (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Full Force; Scott Kieklak; Jimmy Douglass; Rich Keller; Timbaland.
Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY; Enterprise Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Hit Factory, New York, NY; Manhattan Center Recording Studios, New York, NY; Sony Recording Studios, New York, NY; Source Sound Lab, New York, NY.
Photographers: David LaChapelle; Vincent Soyez.
Lil' Kim launched from the Junior M.A.F.I.A. in 1996 with the aptly titled hit HARDCORE, using every bit of the sexuality she possessed in both her raw, tart rhymes and the provocative (and certainly unavoidable) marketing campaign surrounding her, becoming the first female hardcore rapper to go multi-platinum. With her notorious, larger-than-life image, it's easy to forget that the Queen Bee's still got the pipes to back up her undeniable swagger on her third offering LA BELLA MAFIA.
Kim's outspoken style is just the thing for belting out boasts like "I'm the real thing, y'all karaoke stars" on "This Is Who I Am" or issuing a song-long threat ("someone's gonna get in your house and put the (click) right in your mouth), the embodiment of a '30s gangster moll, on "This Is a Warning." Her commandeering, overwhelming sexuality is still alive and potent on "The Jump Off" featuring a guest shot by Mr. Cheeks, and she kicks down doors with Missy Elliott on a brazen declaration of self with the catchy "Can You Hear Me Now?"
Spin (5/03, p.110) - "...Kim slips into the latest Manolos instead, spitting sass all over the hottest tracks big money can buy..." - Grade: B
Entertainment Weekly (3/28/03, p.68) - "...On her latest party set, she proves her talents don't end with porno come-ons..." - Rating: B