With a look, sound and vocal style that dominated 90s Lil Kim‘s reign in Hip-Hop made her one of the decade’s most recognisable names.
Today, the rapper’s influence can be found in sights and sounds served up by the likes of Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Azealia Banks…three artists who often reference the icon (sometimes unknowingly) in their work.
How that works to Kim’s advantage?
Renewed interest in her art.
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Though released before the advent of streaming the lion’s share of Kim’s biggest singles have swept up sweet and notable numbers on Spotify.
Here are a few examples.
2003’s ‘The Jump Off’ (produced by Timbaland) has been played 6,649,000 times as her titillating track ‘Magic Stick‘ stands tall with 6.1 million streams.
Fortunately, these numbers pale in comparison to the 7.5 million spins ‘Crush on You’ has garnered or the 79 million plays her Grammy-award winning jam ‘Lady Marmalade’ has earned.
On a sales front, the rapper’s discography finds itself outperformed and overshadowed by Nicki Minaj’s but that’s set to mean all of nothing to Kim’s former label Atlantic Records who are set to see their profits swell as a result of the icon’s streaming figures.
On her way to claiming Kim’s Atlantic crown?
Newcomer Cardi B.
For, with 235 million streams, the starlet’s single ‘Bodak Yellow‘ has been streamed more times than all of Kim’s solo singles combined and saw her beat Kim to become the first female rapper since Lauryn Hill to top the Billboard Hot 100 with a solo Hip-Hop single.
Does Cardi have what it takes to match or outdo Kim on a pure sales front?
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