Lil Kim Explains Reasons For Album Delay
Lil Kim has finally spoken out about the reasons behind her not releasing a full-length studio album since 2005’s 'The Naked Truth'. According to the veteran Brooklyn rapper, her last label, Atlantic Records, forced her to find a way out of her contract nearly six years ago...
She told Sucker Free: "When I came home from prison in 2006, I was really unhappy with my label so I wanted to get off, and I didn't get released. I wasn't dropped. I had to pay them. So, at the end of the day, it's like that takes time. For two years, I fought and fought and fought and finally there was a break.
"During those two years, I did my Hollywood thing, I mean doing reality shows, 'Dancing With The Stars' and all that good stuff. But in-between me doing 'Dancing With The Stars', I struck up another deal. I did a deal with Trackmasters, and it didn't work out, but that took another year or two."
The pint-sized lyricist also said that legal situation developed after a different deal turned sour with production duo, Trackmasters: "Contractually, by the courts, I could not record any music. I wasn't supposed to put any music out. Technically Black Friday was a mixtape, so I was able to get away with that. But technically they could have come after me if I were to put out an album.
"I couldn't do it. So, this is something that my fans don't know, but now you know. Legally I wasn't allowed or able to do music. And 'til this day I'm not going to say I'm glad that the lawsuit happened with Trackmasters, but it made me more of a business woman."
In other news, Lil Kim recently teamed up with Young Jeezy for her new track, 'Keys To The City', which you can listen to below.
Words: Liz Black
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)