La Bella Mafia - Lil' Kim
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. La Bella Mafia is one of the top hip-hop albums of 2003, so far.
  2. 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.
  3. Like a prize fighter coming into her own, Lil' Kim finally realizes her true potential on her third Atlantic effort.
  4. She proves her talents don't end with porno come-ons. [28 Mar 2003, p.68]
  5. 75
    As up-to-the-minute as the album sounds, Kim herself remains stuck in the past, eulogizing B.I.G. or strapping on the horny scorn she birthed so long ago. [May 2003, p.110]
  6. 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.
  7. When she really gets her hands dirty, Kim sounds more forceful and engaged than she's been in years.
  8. Careens from style to style with heedless abandon and uneven results.
  9. Aside from some cool collaborations with Missy Elliott, Twista and Method Man, Kim spends most of the album lecturing her fans with less-than-stimulating lines.
  10. 40
    Foul-mouthed, egocentric rhymes and nondescript beats. [Jun 2003, p.91]
  11. 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]
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Jan 8, 2012
    9
    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 lyricalKim 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. Full Review »
  2. Nov 12, 2013
    10
    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 theOne 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!! Full Review »
  3. Oct 6, 2014
    10
    Lil' Kim is really one of the best real Rappers of all time! "La Bella Mafia" is perfect and I really love this album, because it hasLil' Kim is really one of the best real Rappers of all time! "La Bella Mafia" is perfect and I really love this album, because it has superpower lyrics and powerful production. THE BEST! AMAZING! Full Review »