Mixtape review – Lil Kim’s Black Friday
I feel weird saying this, since I’ve been ridiculing Lil Kim for this entire Black Friday fiasco, but the mixtape isn’t that bad. The whole premise, however, is a little more than absurd. I guess I might as well compare it to Pink Friday, since that’s the reason she made it in the first place. Both of them have approximately 0% replay value to me, but at least in Black Friday, she’s making less weird voices than Nicki makes in Pink Friday. But on the whole, it’s just absurd, and I think Black Friday would have made more sense if it was just the instrumentals from Pink Friday.
The absurdity starts immediately with the Intro, with the singing about the queen, and then it segue ways into “Pissin On Em,” her version of Nicki’s “Did It On Em,” complete with her making all those bodily function sound effects. Her version of “Hustle Hard” wasn’t terrible, either, and she was kind of funny (“same old shit, just a different toilet”).
I found a fair amount of her songs to be ironic, but I don’t know if that was intended. The 4 foot tall Kimmy Blanco rapping over “6 Foot 7 Foot” (“6 Foot Tall,” but who really cares about being grammatically correct?) and then “Do The Kimmy,” where she’s rapping about how she’s lighter than a frisbee. By the way, my ears have still not forgiven me for my assault on them with Pill and Kim’s versions of this trainwreck song. Furthermore, there is the IRS Freestyle over “So Appalled,” and it’s just funny to me that they’re rapping about tax season and “what you going to do when the IRS comes to you? Pay yo money.” If only rappers would pay attention to that…
The mixtape definitely lost what little momentum it had near the end. For the record, I also skipped the interviews. Kim trying to mimic other artists’ singing voices, well, pretty much just Rihanna, didn’t sit too well on my ears, either. ”All of the Lights” was pretty terrible, and yesterday the “Cheatin” sing leaked, and Roc Nation was very quick to declare that it was not an official remix (I do appreciate her shouting out the blogs…ha).
I just don’t understand why this would be liberated on the anniversary of Biggie’s death. I mean, I understand, but it just seems a little crass. I also don’t understand how she is able to sell this mixtape that has industry beats on it. I thought that was the point of making mixtapes free, so artists who used recycled beats could avoid being sued?
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