Hard Core
Hard Core.jpg
Studio album by Lil' Kim


November 12, 1996


August 1995 - April 1996


The Hit Factory
(Manhattan, New York City)
Daddy's House Recording Studios
(New York City, New York)
Quad Studios
(New York City, New York)
Unique Recording
(New York City, New York)
Krosswire Studios
(Atlanta, GA)


Hip hop, Mafioso rap, East Coast hip hop




Undeas / Big Beat / Atlantic Records


Lance "Un" Rivera (exec.), The Notorious B.I.G. (also exec), Carlos Broady, Sean Combs, Jermaine Dupri, Cornbread, Fabian Hamilton, Ski, Minnesota, Prestige, Stevie J., Rashad Smith, Stretch Armstrong, Andreo "Fanatic" Heard, Brent "Faroah" Toussaint

Hard Core is the debut studio album by American rapper and Junior M.A.F.I.A. member Lil' Kim. It was released in November 12, 1996 via Undeas Recordinds, Big Beat and Atlantic Records. Recording sessions for the album were held at The Hit Factory, Daddy's House Recording Studios, Quad Studios and Unique Recording in New York City and Krosswire Studios in Atlanta from August 1995 to April 1996. The album was produced by Carlos Broady, Sean Combs, Stevie J., Prestige, Jermaine Dupri, Cornbread, Fabian Hamilton, Nashiem Myrick, Ski, Minnesota, Stretch Armstrong, Andreo "Fanatic" Heard and Brent "Faroah" Toussaint. Guest appearances includes: Jay-Z, Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs, Junior M.A.F.I.A. members: Lil' Cease, Larceny, Trife and The Notorious B.I.G..

The album was notable for its overt raunchy sexual tone and Kim's lyrical delivery, which was praised by music critics and considered a classic album. Hard Core debuted at #11 on the US Billboard 200 and at #3 on the Billboard's Top R&B Albums, selling 78,000 copies in its first week, while reaching #26 of the Canandian Albums Chart. The album was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and has sold over five million copies worldwide.

The album spawned the singles: "No Time", "Crush on You" and "Not Tonight".

Track listing[edit | edit source]

  1. "Intro in A-Minor" - 2:14
  2. "Big Momma Thang" (feat. Jay-Z and Lil' Cease) - 4:17
  3. "No Time" (feat. Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs) - 5:00
  4. "Spend a Little Doe" - 5:35
  5. "Take It!" - 0:46
  6. "Crush on You" (feat. Lil' Cease) - 4:35
  7. "Drugs" (feat. The Notorious B.I.G.) - 4:20
  8. "Scheamin'" - 0:49
  9. "Queen Bitch" - 3:17
  10. "Dreams" - 4:39
  11. "M.A.F.I.A. Land" - 4:37
  12. "We Don't Need It" (feat. Lil' Cease and Larceny) - 4:10
  13. "Not Tonight" - 4:31
  14. "Player Haters" - 0:43
  15. "Fuck You" (feat. Larceny and Trife) - 2:53

Samples[edit | edit source]

Big Momma Thang

  • "Was It Something That I Said" by Sylvester

No Time

  • "The Message From the Soul Sisters" by Myra Barnes

Spend a Little Doe

  • "Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover" by The Frank Chacksfield Orchestra

Crush on You

  • "Rain Dance" by The Jeff Lorber Fusion


  • "Bumpy's Lament" by Soul Mann & the Brothers

Queen Bitch

  • "Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye" by Roberta Flack


  • "Think 73'" by James Brown

M.A.F.I.A. Land

  • "Only a Fool" by Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra

We Don't Need It

  • "Ode to Billie Joe" by Lou Donaldson
  • "The One I Need" by Shirley Murdock

Not Tonight

  • "Sexual Healing" by Marvin Gaye

Fuck You

  • "Diseases" by Papa Michigan & General Smiley
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