Brooklyn rapper Lil’ Kim is back on her music grizzly, releasing the long-awaited new “Looks Like Money” single on her 39th birthday.
Rather than push the buzzing track onto iTunes, the Queen Bee treated fans to a free download of her delayed anthem on Thursday (July 11).
The 39-year-old rapper, who made her name on her envelope-pushing outfits and music, dropped a new song called “Looks Like Money” on Thursday morning. Originally hyped for a 2011 release, the song was delayed indefinitely. Lil’ Kim surprised fans on the morning of her birthday by taking to Twitter to announce the release of “Looks Like Money,” writing, “Here’s just a LITTLE gift from ME to U on MY birthday that U guys have been waiting for.” “Looks Like Money” is available for free download throughout the day on Thursday. (Huffington Post)
Initial plans were for this track to debut around 2011.
“Looks Like Money” was announced back in 2011 by Lil’ Kim as her then first single of her fifth studio album. For some reason, that fifth album, the follow-up to 2005’s “The Naked Truth”, never came. The official release of “Looks Like Money” was cancelled, and the full song was sent to the ‘vault of lost music’ for the discomfort of fans. Now in 2013, Nicki Minaj‘s nemesis randomly decides to release “Looks Like Money” in HQ and in its entirety on her B’day. Is it good?. Well, she goes hard on it, with some venomous lyrics going like; “Cash money, that’s so last year/ Now when I do a show, they gotta pay me in gold”. It ain’t bad – although I’m surprised she was planning to release this as first single of an album as she’s recorded better songs, yet the beat is the definition of basic, and the vocal effect gets annoying. She looks sexy on the song cover, though. (Direct Lyrics)
Back in April, Kim talked about working with hitmaker Bangladesh to assist on her upcoming solo album.
Kim, your upcoming album is perhaps the most-anticipated album in hip-hop right now! Bangladesh [who’s produced Missy Elliott and Rihanna] is producing your album, correct? Yes, he’s executive-producing it. And we do have other producers working on the album, as well; but the first single that’s coming out in late June/first week of July is produced by Bangladesh, for sure. (Wet Paint)
She also briefly discussed the wave of female hip-hop artists receiving mainstream attention.
That’s cute, though! Now let’s expand a bit: We’re now seeing a shift in female hip-hop where the veteran rap chicks from the ’90s are starting to come back into the game. Eve’s about to drop, rumor has it that Foxy’s back in the studio, and now you’re gearing up with more music. How do you feel about trailblazing that movement again? I think it’s important because we [female rappers] were — and are — a major part of hip-hop. When we were coming up in the game, the music we made was such a major change; it was important to music at the time. [Now] the synergy is lined up! The game has been so male-dominated for so long. With all the women coming back now, this is a way where we get kind of even. (Wet Paint)
Check out “Looks Like Money”: