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8. Lil' Kim

Lil' Kim (Kimberly Denise Jones)

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8. Lil' Kim

Lil' Kim © Atlantic Records

Lil' Kim's The Naked Truth was the first album by a female rapper to receive the prestigious 5 mics award from The Source. In hindsight, the award was well deserved. Kim's influence still looms large. Since her Hard Core debut in 1996, Kim has spawned a handful of emulators eager to replicate her libidinous lyrics and in-your-face attitude. When it's all said and done, Queen Bee will go down as one of the most influential rappers of all time.

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