Music: A Blond Has Less Fun

Lil' Kim's new album lacks the erotic charge of her public persona

Lil' Kim is a trailer for herself. Like the ads for a summer action flick, her public persona promises slick, sweaty thrills: At the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards she wore a tiny purple pastie over her otherwise exposed left breast; in the latest Vibe she poses like a plastic blow-up doll, her lips parted suggestively to form a moist pink oval. Unfortunately, behind the getups and the come-ons, the reality is grim: Lil' Kim's new rap album, Notorious KIM (Queen Bee/Undeas/Atlantic), is a bomb. It's the Battlefield Earth of this summer's rap albums.

Although the song quality on Lil' Kim's...

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