Timely or Trickery? Lil Kim’s 1996 Debut Album Storms iTunes Top 10

Published: Tuesday 14th Aug 2018 by Rashad

Is it fate or just coincidence that the week Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Queen’ album hits digital shelves music lovers find their interest reawakened in the work of her archnemesis, Lil Kim (namely her game-changing debut album, ‘Hardcore’)?

Sales and streams of her latest effort – ‘Nasty One’ – may not exactly be on the up side as of time reported, but her 1996 inaugural set (featuring the hits ‘No Time,’ ‘Not Tonight,’ and ‘Crush On You’) is currently crushing competition 22 years its junior.

The sudden spike in sales even caught Kim’s attention and she took to Twitter to offer her thanks to her beloved fan base, affectionately called #KillerBees.  Details inside:


Hours ago Kim took to Twitter to say:

The gratitude came just moments after the project stormed iTunes Hip Hop charts, where it remains in the top 10 and in the top 25 on the overall sales chart (as of time reported).


Congrats are due to Kim who serves as proofs that classics transcend eras!  Some fans are theorizing the sudden interest comes from Minaj’s somewhat controversial ‘Queen’ track titled ‘Barbie Dreams’ because it shares obvious instrumental similarities to Kim’s ‘Hardcore’ track ‘Dreams’ (as both derived from Notorious B.I.G.‘s song of the same name).

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  1. Ri Ri August 15, 2018

    She should thank Nicki. If it wasn’t for people always talking about Nicki took her style nobody would’ve been talking about Kim these past 10 years.

    • blaah August 15, 2018

      “Thank you Nicki for being a fraud, making me relevant for 10 years instead of a true artist like every other female rapper. Your trolling paid off!” 🤡

      Barb logic never fails me. 🤣

      • Vershun Big-v Chaison August 16, 2018

        Good one Lol

    • China August 15, 2018

      Kim’s HardCore is a pure classic. Greatest Female Rap Project to Ever. Put on Kim’s DREAMS and it Slays “her” Barbie Dreams. Nicki is NOT sexual so it sounds Corny coming from her. Kim does need to STOP screaming in the mic and perform HARDCORE from start to finish with Jay z and Jermaine Dupri that Concert I would PAY for. Why has it NOT been done yet?

    • Dumb H*** August 15, 2018

      Thank nicki for what this has nothing to do with Nicki people are actually buying Kim’s album iTunes are pure sales so to be in the top ten and top 25 that’s has nothing to do with Nicki! Now if it was streaming maybe.

    • Martaevia La’wayne August 15, 2018

      Whaat?! You crazy! Lol You need to do your homework!

  2. Gee August 15, 2018

    Nicki is a Kim clone period can we move on please.

    • Justme August 15, 2018

      So what’s the reason it jump into the top 10.. she ain’t ill and she alive and well.

  3. Rome August 15, 2018

    Classics never die. Do you guys really think people are going to be playing pink friday 22 years from now? LOl

    • Jan August 15, 2018

      Hell to the No

    • Fancy BISH August 15, 2018

      No, no and no *Brandy’s mother’s voice* 🤣 #Slaycore 🤳🏽

  4. blaah August 15, 2018

    Archnemesis? That’s Queen Bee to you, peasant ass blog! But I digress, this is proof Nicki’s whole career, from the sneak dissing to swaggerjacking and brainwashing, has been in Lil Kim’s shadow. James Brown begat Michael Jackson but MJ never wanted to be bigger than James Brown; he got inspired and became the legendary icon King of Pop. Nicki will never ever be a true artist because she made it her thesis to be bigger than Kim and outdo her than create her own distinct lane. Karma! 🦄🚂 <-That’s the official Nicki hate train emojis btw 😜

  5. Beam Me Up Scotty August 15, 2018

    Thanks to Nicki Minaj, Lil Kim can pay off some of her taxes.

    • blaah August 15, 2018

      Keep Streaming ASTROWORLD to block Queef from the #1 spot!!! #NickiGarbajIsOverParty #BeamMeUpFaggyKYSParty 🤣🤣🤣🦄🚂

      • Beam Me Up Scotty August 15, 2018


    • blaah August 15, 2018

      FLATLINE ——————- 🤣😜

    • blaah August 15, 2018

      #SlitDemWrists 💀😜

  6. Barb-wire August 15, 2018

    That’s cute, all thanks to Nicki. Still won’t pay off the debts though, and still won’t make her botched face any cuter and still won’t make her relevant again.

    • blaah August 15, 2018

      Won’t free Jelani prison bars free, won’t unabort Nicki’s 2 fetus’, won’t get Nicki unSHETHERED or married or unmissable at 36 years old with a soon-to-flop QUEEF album 😜🦄🚂

      • Intro August 15, 2018

        Unshethered, lmao!

    • Dumb H*** August 15, 2018

      What’s debts B****? Kim is definitely not in debt.

    • Jan August 15, 2018

      You’re a fool if you think Lil Kim is dead ass broke. She will always make money. That’s all yall Barbs can say as if Nikki pays your bills always bragging about her having more money than Kim, yet Kim has more money than you so what’s your point. One thing for sure money can’t buy respect. This is excellent for someone that has been chilling:::::The filings show that Kim earned $823,000 in 2016 and $398,000 in 2017. Her average monthly earnings come to $18,000, but sh reportedly spends $10,000 per month on travel, $6600 on her mortgage, $2200 per month on wardrobe and $2300 on staff.
      She’s just fine Hater

  7. IMIND August 15, 2018

    WE TOLD YOU, Kim is the QUEEN not because she claims herself BUT because the fans and the professionnals gave her the title. This album is a classic and classics never fade away, Kim will always be a legend because she’s part of the history (talking about quality and not sells) because you can sell a lot of s*** but it doesn’t mean that it’s good. 10 Years later she’s still around the corner, take a lesson Nicki, bow down and try to make better then you will have the right to open your mouth and claim you’re the Queen but until then… WORK B**** !

    • IMIND August 15, 2018

      Oh my, I sad 10 years when it’s 20 years !!!

  8. Indie August 15, 2018

    Well.. Once these newbies found out that there favourite track on Nicki’s new album is a rip off from Lil Kids Dreams everyone wants to here the original and better version! She try big up Biggie acting like hers is the female answer back, when Biggie produced Kimmie’s version as the official so once again PAY HOMAGE!!!

  9. Lake Erie August 15, 2018

    The Barbs are LIVID I see lmao 😂😂… oh well, stay mad! But hey sometimes you have to refer back to the blueprint! #TheRealQueen! #QueenBee! 🐝 No need for Minaj to be thanked, after all she should be charged for identity theft. But the humble Queen bee let her slide.

  10. Boytoy1814 August 15, 2018

    Go Kim! Go Kim!! Go Kim!!!
    “Hardcore” is Landmark Status
    “I used 2 be scared of the dyck
    Now I throw lips 2 da shytt
    Handle it like a real Bytch.
    Heather Hunter, Janet Jacme
    Take it in da b***. Yeah Yeah
    WHA!!!” Lil Kim is RAP Royalty!

  11. Jan August 15, 2018

    Ya’ll Barbs stay hating on Lil Kim for no reason just like ya’ll did Cardi after Nikki did her fake little cry like a spoiled little brat. Lil Kim is a sweetheart and has always supported other artist. Clearly she has a very good reason for not caring for Nikki, do your research. No one is jealous of Saint Nik success, if that were the case she wouldn’t support Cardi because ya’ll Barbs know Cardi was hot as fish grease, yet Remy and Lil Kim supports her. Nikki is a b**** and tha’ts why no one gets along with her. Who beefs with Miriah Carey, Taylor Swift, Hanna Montana, come on now, call a spade a spade, the broad is a trouble maker that throws shade in all her nursery rhymes

  12. JOHNVIDAL August 15, 2018

    Disgusting album cover.

  13. Ricko August 15, 2018

    You guys can’t be serious by saying thank nicki. As a barb it should be embarrassing an album with no promo that was released 20 years ago is being talk over Queen. Nicki humble train is now boarding…

  14. Pink Tingz August 15, 2018

    A thank you 4 bringing me back, is an order

  15. DanYiel Iman August 16, 2018

    Obviously fans know that “Lil’Kim” is REAL RAP QUEEN 👸🏽. So Nicki Minaj Pop/Rap isn’t where it’s at although it’s on charts because her youthful fans are in for NOW!!

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