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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. 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. 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. 40
    Foul-mouthed, egocentric rhymes and nondescript beats. [Jun 2003, p.91]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. DemetriusD
    Apr 22, 2003
    10
    this is the best one.
  2. DanaScully
    Apr 11, 2003
    10
    Kim is undoubtedly the holder of the female rap crown. This album is unbelievable!
  3. 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!! Expand
  4. ayanaw
    May 1, 2003
    10
    a-1.
  5. dwights
    Jan 2, 2004
    10
    I got the magic stick feeling so, right here it's the jump off. This is for the bronx..
  6. Nov 12, 2013
    10
    LOOOoooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE THIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSLOOOoooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE THIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS ALBUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand
  7. Aug 16, 2013
    5
    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"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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