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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Lil' Kim / Skylab

Posted by on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Kimberly Denise Jones (aka Queen Bee) tumbled into the world 38 years ago today. She spent most of her adolescent life on the streets of Brooklyn, NY after being kicked out of her house. She went to the same high school as Nas and Foxy Brown and worked as a cashier at Bloomingdale's for a short time. As a fan of female rappers Lady of Rage and MC Lyte, she began rapping for fun. Her raps soon impressed The Notorious B.I.G., who asked her to join Junior M.A.F.I.A. After great success with the debut LP Conspiracy, Lil' Kim released her first solo LP, the raunch-rap classic Hard Core. Civil Rights activist C. Delores Tucker referred to Kim's lyrics as "gangsta porno rap." Most of the rest of the world couldn't get enough.

Lil Kim the Queen Bee, so you best take heed. Shall I proceed? Yes indeed!
  • "Lil Kim the Queen Bee, so you best take heed. Shall I proceed? Yes indeed!"

Lil' Kim released more records that shifted many units. in 2001, she teamed up with Christina Aguilera, Pink, and Mýa to remake "Lady Marmalade" which earned her a Grammy Award. She also remade "In the Air Tonight" with Phil Collins, which is not about refusing to help a person drowning. In 2005, Lil' Kim was sentenced to one year and one day in a Federal Detention Center for lying to a grand jury during an assault trial. Before heading to prison, BET premiered a show called Lil' Kim: Countdown to Lockdown, which detailed her life preparing for confinement.

Pete and his crew saved the Skylab. He was one hell of a guy. -Tom Stafford
  • "Pete and his crew saved the Skylab. He was one hell of a guy." -Tom Stafford

On this day in 1979, the space station known as Skylab re-entered the Earth's atmosphere out of control. As the world prepared for the possibility of the flying machine to crash down anywhere, mounds of money were made on t-shirts and hats sporting Skylab bulls eyes. The San Francisco Examiner offered a $10,000 reward to the first person who could deliver a piece of spaceship to it's offices. After crumbling apart in the sky, most of Skylab landed in Western Australia. 17 year-old Stan Thornton found 24 pieces of debris and was flown to San Francisco (along with his parents and a girlfriend) by a Philadelphia businessman to collect the reward. What a nice guy!

In 1979, a UK band called The Monks (not the US / German army Monks) released a brilliant track called "Skylab" on their LP Bad Habits:


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diminished 1
the rest of that LP is ace, that song just never quite sat right with me.
Posted by diminished on July 11, 2012 at 2:25 PM · Report this
Larry Mizell, Jr. 2
Hard Core has probably the weirdest intro to a rap album ever. Guy stiffs cab driver on tip (racist cab driver stereotype, naturally), goes to porno theater, orders "small order of popcorn and a large order of butter, and just like a lot of napkins" then proceedes inside to beat off. A great CD to play at the party at the time, but you always had to remember to start at #2.
Posted by Larry Mizell, Jr. on July 11, 2012 at 2:42 PM · Report this
derek_erdman 3
@1: "Nice Legs Shame About the Face" is certainly a rager for the ages.

@2: Oh man, too true. "We Don't Need It" has always been my favorite.
Posted by derek_erdman on July 11, 2012 at 2:47 PM · Report this
Larry Mizell, Jr. 4
@3 i bet you can rap that whole Blake C verse!
Posted by Larry Mizell, Jr. on July 11, 2012 at 3:14 PM · Report this
where is her left arm?! did she plastic surgery it off?
Posted by Kelly O on July 11, 2012 at 3:33 PM · Report this
derek_erdman 6
@5: It disappeared into her hair. I noticed that too and thought "ya eating my pussy while I watch cartoons."
Posted by derek_erdman on July 11, 2012 at 3:40 PM · Report this
@6 - it's a great drawing, I tease!

I'm glad you drew her pre-plastic-face. Disappearing nose.
Posted by Kelly O on July 11, 2012 at 3:55 PM · Report this

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