Lil’ Kim Is In ‘Kanye West Mode’

There is no female MC with a career trajectory quite like Lil’ Kim’s. When she first debuted alongside the Notorious B.I.G.’s Junior M.A.F.I.A. in 1995 on their hit single “Player’s Anthem,” Kim was a sexy temptress with lyrics as captivating as her looks. Kim grew to be a soloist and, after Biggie’s untimely demise, she became the Queen Bee of Junior M.A.F.I.A. There have been a number of ups and downs in her career, but today, the Notorious K.I.M. feels that she is at her artistic peak.

“Creatively, as an artist, I think I’m in my Kanye West mode; you do whatever you wanna do and don’t give a ish what nobody got to say about it. It’s all about taking chances,” she told Sway when she appeared on Wednesday’s “RapFix Live.”

If Kim’s daring new single “If You Love Me” is any indication, then it’s safe to say that she is in her 808s & Heartbreak period, the album on which Kanye traded in his rap bars for Auto-Tuned melodies. Ms. La Bella Mafia released the song this past Valentine’s Day on iTunes. While she doesn’t completely abandon her rap bars, she’s singing on the song’s hook. “If you love me, you would say it in front of the world,” Kim croons.