Hard Core

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Hard Core
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 12, 1996 (1996-11-12)
GenreHip hop
LabelUndeas, Big Beat
ProducerSean "Puffy" Combs, Christopher "B.I.G." Wallace (exec.), Stevie J., Andraeo "Fanatic" Heard, Jermaine Dupri, Carlos "6 July" Broady, Ski, Jacob York (exec.), Lance "Un" Rivera (exec.), Stretch Armstrong, Fabian Hamilton, Nashiem Myrick
Lil' Kim chronology
Hard Core 'The Notorious K.I.M.
Singles from Hard Core
  1. "No Time"
    Released: October 29, 1996 (1996-10-29)
  2. "Crush on You"
    Released: June 13, 1997 (1997-06-13)
  3. "Not Tonight (Ladies Night Remix)"
    Released: June 30, 1997 (1997-06-30)

Hard Core is the debut studio album by American rapper Lil' Kim. It was released on November 12, 1996 by Undeas Recordings and Big Beat Records.[1]

Track listing[change | change source]

No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro in a-Minor"     2:14
2. "Big Momma Thang" (featuring Jay-Z and Lil' Cease)Kimberly Jones, Christopher Wallace, Harvey Fuqua, James Lloyd, Sylvester James, Shawn CarterStretch Armstrong 4:17
3. "No Time" (featuring Puff Daddy)Jones, Wallace, Steven JordanSteven "Stevie J" Jordan for The Hitmen 5:00
4. "Spend a Little Doe"  Jones, Wallace, David WillisSki 5:35
5. "Take It!"     0:46
6. "Crush on You" (Feat. Lil' Cease and The Notorious B.I.G.)Jones, Wallace, Cameron Giles, James Lloyd, Jeff Lorber, Mason BethaAndraeo "Fanatic" Heard 4:35
7. "Drugs" (featuring The Notorious B.I.G.)Jones, D. Owen, Wallace, Fabian Hamilton, Isaac HayesFabian Hamilton 4:20
8. "Scheamin'"     0:49
9. "Queen Bitch"  Jones, Wallace, Carlos Broady, Nashiem MyrickCarlos "6 July" Broady, Nashiem Myrick for The Hitmen 3:17
10. "Dreams"  Jones, Wallace, Daven "Prestige" Vanderpool, Reggie AndrewsDaven "Prestige" Vanderpool for The Hitmen 4:39
11. "M.A.F.I.A. Land"  Jones, Wallace, Bert Kaempfert, Brent Toussaint, Herbert Rehbein, Richard AhlertBrent "Faraoh" Toussaint 4:37
12. "We Don't Need It" (featuring Junior M.A.F.I.A.)Wallace, Jones, James Lloyd, Mark Richardson, Rayshaun SpainMinnesota 4:10
13. "Not Tonight" (featuring Jermaine Dupri)JonesJermaine Dupri 4:31
14. "Player Haters"     0:43
15. "Fuck You" (featuring Junior M.A.F.I.A.)Jones, Antoine Spain, Chris Cresco, Wallace, Rayshaun SpainChris "Cornbread" Cresco, Christopher Wallace 2:53
16. "Not Tonight (Ladies Night Remix)" (featuring Da Brat, Angie Martinez, Missy Elliott and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes)Carlos Crespo, K. Jones, Rick Spain, Chester WallaceArmando Colon, Rashad Smith 4:24

Sample credits[change | change source]

  • "Big Momma Thang" contains a sample of Sylvester's "Was It Something I Said".
  • "No Time" contains a sample of Vicki Anderson's "Message from the Soul Sisters" and Lyn Collins's "Take Me Just As I Am" and The Notorious B.I.G.
  • "Crush On You" contains excerpts and a sample of Jeff Lorber's "Rain Dance" and Average White Band's "If I Ever Lose This Heaven"
  • "Drugs" contains a sample of Soul Mann & The Brothers "Bumpy's Lament".
  • "Queen Bitch" contains a sample of Roberta Flack's "Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye".
  • "Dreams" contains a sample of Lyn Collins's "Think (About It)" and Jimi Hendrix's "Who Knows".
  • "M.A.F.I.A. Land" contains a sample of Bert Kaempfert's "Only a Fool".
  • "We Don't Need It" contains a sample of Lou Donaldson's "Ode to Billie Joe" and Shirley Murdock's "The One I Need".
  • "Not Tonight" contains a sample of George Benson's "Turn Your Love Around".
  • "Not Tonight (Ladies Night Remix)" contains a sample of Kool & the Gang's "Ladies Night".

Charts and certifications[change | change source]

Personnel[change | change source]

Technical personnel
Art personnel

Certifications[change | change source]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[3] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[change | change source]

  1. Vladimir Bogdanov, All Music Guide to Hip-hop: The Definitive Guide to Rap & Hip-hop (San Francisco, CA: Backbeat Books, 2003), p. 283
  2. "Lil' Kim, Hardcore, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  3. "American album certifications – Lil' Kim – Hard Core". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 2, 2014. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.