Rapper-turned-actress hams her way through third album

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Lil’ Kim – La Bella Mafia

Some see Lil’ Kim’s inversion of thuggish male posturing (exemplified on her best-known cut, “Suck My Dick”) as radical, but ultimately there’s nothing more counter-productive than a macho woman. As Kim’s followed double-platinum success by “landing the coveted role of spokesmodel for Mac Cosmetics”, you’ll forgive us for doubting the authenticity of this former puppet of B.I.G. and Puffy. The Notorious one is still credited as exec-producer here, even though he’s, like, dead. A run of foul-mouthed, egocentric rhymes and nondescript beats is relieved only by “Can’t Fuck With Queen Bee”, sampling Deniece Williams’ “Free”. Between cameos from 50 Cent and Missy, there are brief ‘skits’ about farting. Not good.