Lil Kim Details Early Rap Influences, Reflects on Backlash and Impact of Iconic ‘Hardcore’ Squat
The Brooklyn legend on taking cues from Salt-n-Pepa, MC Lyte, and Roxanne Shanté, as a young MC.
On Monday, Talib Kweli‘s People’s Party podcast will return with a new episode, featuring the one and only Lil Kim.
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Ahead of the full episode’s release, a pair of excerpts from the chat have arrived. In the first clip, the Brooklyn rapper recalls the influence of luminaries like Salt-n-Pepa, MC Lyte, and Roxanne Shanté, on her style, cadence, and rap persona. In another, Kim reflects on the iconic “squat” poster for her debut album, Hardcore, the initial backlash, its broader cultural impact, and how Biggie handpicked the image, sure of the uproar it would cause.
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Watch Lil Kim discuss her early rap influences and the Hardcore squat with Talib Kweli below. Hold tight for the full episode to go live at 9am on Monday.