Album: La Bella Mafia
Label: Atlantic/Queen Bee Entertainment

For a while in the early 2000s, Lil Kim appeared to be down for the count. Newly separated from a souring relationship with Bad Boy and embroiled in legal troubles (that ultimately led to a brief incarceration), Kim took her frustrations to the studio and came out swinging. The lead single off 2003's La Bella Mafia was "The Jump Off", which flipped the chorus from the classic Lost Boyz banger "Jeeps, Lex Coups, Bimaz and Benz" and featured the group's Mr. Cheeks as a hype man. Tim's beat presaged the clacking metronome drum sounds of "Dirt On Your Shoulder" and overlaid them with a horn section blasting out a two-note melody. An invigorated Kim proceeded to talk her shit, dropping clever Biggie references and boasting about how she can make a Sprite can disappear in her throat.