Album: Hardcore
Producer: Jermaine Dupri
Label: Undeas, Big Beat

It's kind of funny that in the beginning of Lil Kim's career, writers were falling over themselves to declare her a new-jack feminist instead of just admitting that girls could be nasty too. Yet, when you title your debut Hard Core and drop lyrics like, "I don't want dick tonight/Eat my pussy right," you make it clear you're not spending your nights reading bell hooks. Still there was something empowering about hearing a female rapper stand up and demand what she wanted in the bedroom. After all, she's got all the leverage in the negotiation when she says "You ain't lickin' this, you ain't stickin' this."