La Bella Mafia - Lil' Kim
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  • Summary: The third solo album from the former Junior M.A.F.I.A. member utilizes production and vocal contributions from Swizz Beatz, Missy Elliott, Timbaland and Method Man.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
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  1. La Bella Mafia is one of the top hip-hop albums of 2003, so far.
  2. Like a prize fighter coming into her own, Lil' Kim finally realizes her true potential on her third Atlantic effort.
  3. La Bella Mafia affirms Kim's briefly questionable status as a formidable female presence in a man's world and once again turns the often sexist mindset of rap on its head in the process.
  4. Beats-wise, 'La Bella Mafia' is easily the strongest thing she's done, and it seems like Kim has raised her rapping game to match the strength of the music.
  5. When she really gets her hands dirty, Kim sounds more forceful and engaged than she's been in years.
  6. Careens from style to style with heedless abandon and uneven results.
  7. Catastrophically, she's given up her trademark fruity sex rhymes, which leaves just mundane braggadocio and an unhealthy obsession with her ex-lover, Notorious BIG. [May 2003, p.109]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
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  1. jimmyp
    Apr 14, 2003
    This album is so hot,if you do not have it,go cop it cause you don't know what you're missing,the beats are cool,her rapping style on each track are consistant,yet versatile,so i urge everybody to go get this explosive and electricfying lp. Expand
  2. Nov 12, 2013
    One of her most precious albums, Perfect rhythm and sound. She had so much say in this album and produced and organised 95 percent of the album. Classic album! She also had no backing from diddy or aanyone else with this. it was all kimmy! Queen bee! Hip Hop's Leading Lady!! Expand
  3. MarieJ
    Apr 30, 2003
    I am Lil' Kim's biggest fan! She's really done it now! Kim does her thing and comes out on top every time!!!!!!!
  4. BrittanyH
    Dec 19, 2003
    I rate Kimberly Denise Jones's CD a 20 (on a scale of 1-10)
  5. Nov 12, 2013
    LOVED THIS ALBUM!!! She was independent on this project! She did all of it her own! and she delivered. this is one of those albums,, where if you lose it you'd go out and buy it again rather than download it online! Kim pis and always will be the queen of rap! Expand
  6. Jan 8, 2012
    Kim Really Is The Queen B. Her Rhymes On This cd is amazing. The production is really great, it also comes with a stack of lyrical superpowers. She sounds more developed into a new style on this album. La Bella Mafia Is One Of The Top Albums Of 2003 Released. Expand
  7. Aug 16, 2013
    My third favorite Lil' Kim album, but it's still good. The best songs are "Shake Ya Bum Bum" featuring Lil' Shanice and "Magic Stick" featuring 50 Cent. Expand

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