Not So Lady Sings the Blues
For Lil' Kim this is a departure, to say the least. How does one go from hard core and offensive songs like "Queen B****, "How Many Licks and "Thug Luv to endearing classics like "Lover Man, "God Bless The Child and "Them There Eyes ? It's not an easy or plausible transition, but when contemplating jail time, the female rapper put forth a seemingly earnest, albeit commercial effort.
The music is a mix of renditions and new material with rap vocals and (true to the genre) complete sampled lyrics by Holiday and other female vocalists. Production notes list hip-hop talents like Snoop Dog, P-Diddy, and C-Murder providing krunked up raps and beats. But for all the hype about this recording, the music is typical commercial rap, providing little more than a method to generate a quick buck. In the end, as tight as some of the beats may be, it's difficult to stomach, let alone hear, the title song: "Not so Lady Sings the Blues.
As the beauty of Billie Holiday's sampled voice sings:
Lady sings the blues
She's got them bad
She's feels so sad
Wants the world to know
Just what the blues is all about.
This b**** ain't singing the blues
I plays by my own #%&! rules!
If I have a problem with one lover
#%&! it, I got fifty others.
Track Listing: Lady Sings the Blues; My Tormented Heart; Love Pains; She Got Served; Full Court Dress; I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues; Forgive But Never Forget; Love Em and Leave Em.
Personnel: Lil Kim: vocals; Various artists: vocals, instruments, production.
Record Label: Self Produced
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