SOURCE: Atlantic Records

July 26, 2005 13:46 ET

Lil' Kim to Reveal the "Naked Truth" on Sept. 13th

Tells Her Critics to "Shut Up" on Album's First Look

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 26, 2005 -- Queen Bee/Atlantic recording artist Lil' Kim is set to reveal the "NAKED TRUTH" on September 13th, when her eagerly anticipated fourth solo album hits the streets.

Lil' Kim has already given her fans a first look at "NAKED TRUTH" via the advance buzz track "Shut Up," which is lighting up radio mixshows across the country. The timely and provocative track finds Kim openly confronting her critics, especially those who spread gossip and rumors about her life. "You ain't paying my bills, so you ain't sayin' nothing," she raps in the song. "Ain't keepin' it real then you need to stop frontin'... Get your facts straight or shut up bitch."

On "NAKED TRUTH," the Queen Bee collaborates with a line-up of today's hottest hip-hop producers, including Kanye West, Scott Storch (T.I., R Kelly, 50 Cent, The Game), 7 Aurelius (Mariah Carey, LL Cool J), Fredwreck (Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill), Hot Runner (Eve, Cassidy), and Red Spyda.

Kim's new album follows 2003's "LA BELLA MAFIA," which made its Billboard 200 debut at #5. That collection included the top-charting smash, "Magic Stick," as well as the hit singles "The Jump Off" and "Thug Luv."

Lil' Kim first stepped into the world's spotlight as part of the late Notorious B.I.G.'s rap collective Junior M.A.F.I.A., in which she was the lone female member. Her thugged-out Betty Boop delivery on tracks such as "Player's Anthem" and "Get Money" helped propel Junior M.A.F.I.A.'s 1995 RIAA gold certified Big Beat/Atlantic debut, "CONSPIRACY," into the top 10 on the Billboard 200, and established Kim as Bonnie to Biggie's Clyde.

In 1996, Kim unleashed her classic debut solo collection, "HARD CORE." Featuring backing from producers such as Sean "Puffy" Combs, Jermaine Dupri, and Prestige, the album quickly earned RIAA double-platinum certification, and confirmed the brazen and controversial Kim as the reigning Queen of Hip-Hop.

2000's "THE NOTORIOUS K.I.M." saw Lil' Kim's star continue to rise as she graced the covers of such magazines as The Source, XXL, Interview, and Vibe. In 2001, Lil' Kim teamed with Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya, and Missy Elliott for the blockbuster remake of "Lady Marmalade." The track's success led to Kim winning her first-ever Grammy Award, for "Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals."

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