Lil' Kim has been in the rap game since 1996, and throughout it all, she's separated herself from a lot of other female contenders. As female rappers have come and gone, she's always stayed past them all. There's several reasons why. First of all, she's absolutely carefree when it comes to staying street level. She's always stayed ghetto in style, even when she's moved up in her lot in life. Additionally, she's proven to be ruthless when it comes to attacking each and every conflict in her life. She's always shown an ability to be relevant, and has adjusted with the rap game as it's changed. Now, with her going to jail rather than sell out her homeys, is it any big surprise that she's going down while attacking those that sent her there? I think not.
On The Naked Truth, Lil' Kim has adapted her sound once again. She grabbed many of the elements of today's rap, and created a very listenable record. Most surprising when listening to the new album is the inclusion of today's flavor of the month, Reggae Rap. On the first single, "Lighters Up", Kim brings some real Jamacian flavor in her vocal presentation. Definitely a very interesting twist for her, especially when you consider the absolute pop flavor of material from her last album, like "The Jump Off". And while she does present a laid back style from time to time on The Naked Truth, don't let that fool you into thinking that she isn't ready to attack with a vengeance. "Shut Up Bitch" addresses each and every rumor about her, and does it by basically saying "f*ck you, bitch". It's almost comical when she points out every rumor - she's broke, she has implants, she doesn't write her own music, etc. - and blasts everyone. "You ain't payin' my bills", so shut up. Probably the best slap on the whole CD comes when she points out Star Jones by names and callers her a cheap hater. Clearly, Kim's on her way to jail without even the slightest bit of backing down. On other tunes, like "Spell Check", the attack comes right at her current legal situation as she calls out the punk rats that sold her out and were strong enough to deny the district attorney. Probably not going to help her out with the parole board, but you have to think Lil' Kim will gladly sit in jail to further solidify her credibility as a hardcore chick. Throughout The Naked Truth, Kim continually attacks the government and those snitches that sold out to the man. Definitely a hardcore line from someone on their way out of the limelight and into the greybar hotel.