Any feminine rapper who’s rocked rainbow-colored wigs or felt comfy getting uncooked on report and onstage owes one thing to Lil’ Kim. The hip hop diva not too long ago sat down with Billboard to debate her early music, affect on as we speak’s artists and drops deets on her new single, “Nasty One,” which she formally launched as we speak, on her birthday (July 11)!
With regards to her signature attractive lyrics, the Brooklyn native is aware of she led the cost for different feminine MCs who’ve adopted in her Fendi footsteps, sharing a second when she got here throughout a documentary describing her immense affect.
“This one fan was posting video of a person within the UK displaying my album when it got here out and the Onerous Core poster. He was doing it documentary-like [saying], ‘You guys must always remember this lady was banned… Her music was banned, and now everybody—particularly feminine rappers—is doing music identical to her. You’re dressing like her, you’re singing like her, you’re speaking like her.”
She went on, “I used to be nervous once I first got here out like, did I do the fallacious factor? Ought to I not have mentioned this? Ought to I not have rapped like this or dressed like this? So for me now, to have the ability to return to that, and it’s so accepted… I nearly really feel like I must do one thing extra, even greater than that!”
New single, “Nasty One,” falls proper according to her most uncooked data, lyrically risqué whereas embracing her Caribbean heritage.
“I’m from Brooklyn, in order that’s all that must be mentioned [laughs] and I’ve West Indian in my household so it’s simply there: it’s in my coronary heart, it’s in my soul. And it’s one thing I’ve completed very properly. Like with ‘Lighters Up,’ which was considered one of my largest singles, it had a Caribbean really feel.”
With regards to the remainder of her album, out in November, the “Not Tonight” spitter says there’s one thing for everybody and that even her hardcore followers might be stunned by her breadth of expertise on the report.
“I’ve a number of songs which can be my favorites, and each track has a special vibe. I feel persons are gonna be shocked. Even once they hear ‘Nasty One,’ they’re gonna be shocked once they hear that complete track is me. After we acquired to the video shoot, my glam staff was like, ‘Oh is the opposite artist coming?’ We had been like ‘What?’ They’re like, ‘Yeah the opposite artist on the track.’ Then [my manager] was like ‘That’s Kim,’ they usually’re like, ‘Oh shoot! That’s completely different!’ And I like completely different.”
Try the complete interview right here.