Album: Hard Core

A little over a year after her flawless appearance on Junior M.A.F.I.A.’s “Get Money,” Lil Kim’s debut single “No Time” dropped, featuring a hypnotizing chorus and verse from Puff Daddy. Over production from Stevie J, Kim takes the braggadocios to new heights; her verses were relentlessly seductive. With a chorus about not wasting time on anyone not at her level, she also comes through with the ever explicit line, “Before you nut, I'mma dribble down your butt cheeks/Make you wiggle, then giggle just a little I'm drinkin babies, then I cracks for the Mercedes.” But it’s the samples of Vicki Anderson's "Message from the Soul Sisters" and Lyn Collins's "Take Me Just As I Am" layered beneath her verses that defined a sound in ’96; a soulful sample of major piano chords and funk, with verses more boastful that even some of her male peers. —Lauren Nostro