Personnel: Lil' Kim; Snoop Dogg, The Game (rap vocals); Money Mike (background vocals).
In 2005, distractions swirled around Lil' Kim in the form of a year's jail-time for perjury, regarding a shooting that she witnessed outside of a bar. Nevertheless, Brooklyn's queen bee went into the studio and stepped out with the most focused record of her career, NAKED TRUTH. The court case inevitably gets prominent mention on the album, from the re-creation of the original event on the intro, to the creeping, menacing "Quiet" where she points her rapier wit at rivals and accusers, labeling them "softer than chinchillas."
Although NAKED TRUTH deals with the tabloid drama, that never overwhelms this vibrant record. On the majestically catchy single "Lighters Up," she dispatches the trial in the first line before launching into a standard but wickedly clever assertion of her power, dissecting the rest of the rap universe. NAKED TRUTH also finds Kim at the pinnacle of her sensuality, in consummate control on tracks like the swaggering "I Know You See Me." While Lil' Kim has become larger than life, her MC skills are sharp enough that amidst the chaos, she emerges with one solid album.
Rolling Stone (No. 985, p.76) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Kim's fourth album, THE NAKED TRUTH, comes out of the box with pristine pop-rap production and doesn't let up...."
Vibe (p.210) - 5 discs out of 5 - "With scathing lyricism and infectious beats, TRUTH validates the Queen Bee's position as the definitive rap vixen."