K. Michelle is one of the most polarizing divas in modern R&B. The Memphis-born babe’s blunt manor and general lack of fucks (as evidenced on hit reality TV show Love & Hip Hop) won her a large and very loyal following but also made the 30-year-old a magnet for all kinds of online drama. As a result, the soul siren’s excellent debut LP Rebellious Soul didn’t get the critical acclaim it deserved but that didn’t stop the album vastly exceeding sales expectations.
And she has her sights set even higher for mysteriously-titled sophomore set AWBAH. K. recently dropped by the Idolator office in Los Angeles to chat about the album’s killer lead single “Love ‘Em All” and her move towards a broader pop sound. She also revealed that she’s revisiting her country roots (it was her first love) on a high-profile duet and spoke openly about ongoing beefs with Lil’ Kim and Iggy Azalea. See what the rising star had to say after the jump. More »
Eighteen years ago, Lil’ Kim
‘s debut LP Hard Core
arrived, brandishing fierce hits like “No Time,” “Crush On You” and “Not Tonight.” The decades have taken the Queen Bee down many unexpected roads, and in 2014, she’s now in the more humble arena of putting out her music in mixtape form. Hard Core 2K14
is her (delayed) second such release, following 2011′s Black Friday
, and it finds Kim corralling hip hop mainstays like Jadakiss
, Yo Gotti
and French Montana
for feature duties.
You’ve already heard cuts like the Nicki Minaj-baiting “Identity Theft” and “Real Sick.” Now you can grab all of Hard Core 2K14 as a free download and see if there’s much buzz in Queen Bee’s latest.
Somehow, some way, Lil’ Kim
‘s latest Hard Core mixtape
song to surface isn’t a Nicki Minaj-dragging affair
. Instead, the Queen Bee pairs up with fellow New Yorker Jadakiss
for some rhymes laid over a sample of 1998 Puff Daddy
, Notorious B.I.G.
and Busta Rhymes
“Married to the game, nah, we don’t do dates / I’m eatin’ good but I gotta watch my weight / 14 carats in my salad bowl plate,” Kim raps on “Real Sick,” which premiered on DJ KaySlay’s SiriusXM show today. Her full Hard Core mixtape will arrive at 9:11 p.m. tonight. Until then, get “sick” below. More »
Let’s take stock of the sheer Lil’ Kim
-itude on display with the rhyme-spitting queen’s cover art for upcoming (and long-delayed) mixtape Hard Core
. First, front and center, there’s the beautiful, bling-clad black panther perched in front of a fireplace. To the left of the big puss is a sleek designer handbag, and next to that is a champagne bucket. There’s also the pile of cash behind said kitty, because fierce Kim clearly has money to burn. Lording over this whole display of excess is a portrait of the Nicki Minaj-baiting
rapstress, with curly locks, full lips and ample bosom jutting out. Oh, and the roses! Let’s not forget the roses. More »
Motherhood hasn’t mellowed Lil’ Kim
one iota. The Queen Bee returned with a vengeance by scalping Nicki Minaj
in scathing remixes of Beyonce
and Rae Sremmurd
‘s “No Flex Zone”
. Today (August 28), she turns down the hate on a short — it only goes for 55 seconds! — but enjoyable overhaul of Iggy Azalea
‘s summer smash “Fancy”
“Fly girl I should have my own airline, Chanel belt couple thousand on my waistline,” Kim raps over that unmistakeable beat. “I might waste money but I don’t waste time.” It’s frustrating that she didn’t deliver a full remix because this is really cute. Hopefully Iggy appreciates the love and invites the hip-hop legend to join her on a new song in the not-too-distant future. Listen after the jump. More »
At this point, we should expect Lil’ Kim
to hop on a remix of Usher
‘s “She Came To Give It To You”
in 3, 2… well, actually, even Kim would probably pass that
Anyway, after co-opting Nicki Minaj‘s rap on Beyonce‘s “Flawless” remix, Kim is ready to put another lyrical boot up Nicki’s ample arse with her own take on Rae Sremmurd‘s “No Flex Zone!!”, a cut Minaj also jumped on earlier this month.
“Runnin’ this game for five years, just ask why my feet hurt,” Nicki rapped in a child-like, sing-song tone on her “No Flex Zone!!” remix. Kim, on the other hand, mocks Queen Barb with this gem: “I be on the new shit, bananas in my a**hole.” She also declares that she doesn’t have to flex on the song because “they know better!” More »
Is Lil’ Kim
pressed at Nicki Minaj
(this time) for landing two top-selling singles in the past week with “Anaconda”
and “Bang Bang”
? The Queen Bee came for Nicki’s scalp (again) just the other day by slapping her own Minaj-dissing rap on Beyonce‘s “Flawless” remix
. And now there’s a brand new composition called “Identity Theft” that not only fires verbal artillery at Queen Barb, but also features Nicki’s photo on the accompanying single cover art.
“I won’t stop till I see my enemies rest, I’ll probably get locked up for identity theft,” Kim spits, before adding, “I ain’t got time for bum bitches.” Think there’s any remote chance Nicki will respond to Kim’s latest musical tirade against her?
Give “Identity Theft” a listen below. More »
Well, it seems that the beef
between Nicki Minaj
and Lil’ Kim
isn’t squashed after all.
While Beyonce recently served up a killer new remix of “Flawless” with an ever-menacing verse from the “Anaconda” Priestess Nicki Minaj, Brooklyn’s own Lil Kim was not too happy when Nicki proclaimed herself “The Queen of Rap.” So what does the Notorious K.I.M decide to do? Dish a rebuttal of her own of course, slyly waiting until the end of the track to put in her two cents.
“Am I trippin’ or did this ho just say my name? Queen of rap? Fuck outta here. Queen’s back!/Fuck outta here, time to get this rap bitch up outta here,” Kim retorts.
The rebuttal is a total of less than 60 seconds, but that’s all Lil’ Kim really needs to take back the crown, anyway. Listen to the remix below. More »
:: Lil Kim
gave birth to a bouncing baby girl yesterday (June 9) and called her Royal Reign
. Sure, why not? The newborn weighed 6 pounds, five ounces and measured 19.5 inches. Congratulations! [D Listed
:: Fans might want to send Paul McCartney a get well soon card. The legendary rocker was forced to reschedule the start of his US tour due to a nagging virus that lead to his recent hospitalization in Tokyo, Japan. [Spin]
:: Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City’s hit song “Good Time” is not a rip off. The duo were being sued by Allyson Burnett for copyright infringement but she dropped the suit. Adam Young (his real name) will now get over $500,000 in disputed ASCAP royalties. [TMZ]
:: Just when you thought Mimi couldn’t get any more fabulous, the unstoppable diva announced that she is releasing an exotic beverage called Butterfly. Apparently, it’s “a melodic beverage inspired by the magic of Mariah Carey.” I need a case of this in my fridge! [Rap-Up]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
:: Kelly Rowland
got married to manager Tim Witherspoon
in an intimate ceremony in Costa Rica on May 9. The R&B diva even had former Destiny’s Child
as her bridesmaid. [Vibe
:: So much for the supposed feud between Solange Knowles and Jay Z. The unlikely duo were spotted shopping for jewelry yesterday (May 13), a day after footage of their elevator brawl went viral. [Gossip Cop]
:: Clay Aiken is officially in the running for a seat in the House of Representatives after winning a primary in North Carolina. The American Idol alum won 40% of the vote in his district. Well done, claymates! [MTV]
:: Communicating with fans on Twitter is one thing but some critics think Lil Kim crossed the line when she tweeted details of baby shower registry in case any of her followers wanted to send her gifts. No comment on this one. [Radar Online]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »