No Matter What They Say

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"No Matter What They Say"
Single by Lil' Kim
from the album The Notorious K.I.M.
Released June 13, 2000 (2000-06-13)
Recorded 2000
Length 4:17
  • K. Jones
  • D. Henson
  • J. Feliciano
  • Eric B. & Rakim
  • E. Archer
  • R. Beavers
  • J. Hill
  • P. Jovner
  • D. Taylor
  • H. Thomas
  • N. Rodgers
  • B. Edwards
Producer(s) Darren "Limitless" Henson
Lil' Kim singles chronology
"Notorious B.I.G."
"No Matter What They Say"
"How Many Licks?"

"No Matter What They Say" is a song by Lil' Kim, released as the first single from her second album The Notorious K.I.M., released in 2000. It reached number 60 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 35 on the UK Singles Chart.


"No Matter What They Say" was not Kim's first choice as the lead single from the album. Kim didn't want the song released as she felt the Spanish sound had already been done so many times due to the Latin pop explosion of the late 90s. Instead Kim wanted "The Queen", one of the songs that leaked prior to the album's release, as her first single. The record label didn't agree with Kim and insisted on releasing "No Matter What They Say". With time running out and not wanting her first week album sales to suffer, Kim agreed with her label to release the song. "The Queen" never made it on the album's final track listing.


This song sampled many other songs, including:

The song also samples the line 'I'm just tryna be me, doing what I gotta do' from "Top of the World" by Brandy as well as "This is how it should be done" from Roxanne's On A Roll by The Real Roxanne.

Music video[edit]

The "No Matter What They Say" music video was filmed in L.A and directed by Marcus Raboy. It featured cameo appearances from

Track listings[edit]

  • US Promo CD[1]
  1. "No Matter What They Say" (Radio Edit) - 4:19
  2. "No Matter What They Say" (Album Version) - 5:35
  3. "No Matter What They Say" (Instrumental) - 4:21
  • Europe CD single[2]
  1. "No Matter What They Say" (Radio Edit) - 4:18
  2. "No Matter What They Say" (Album Version) - 4:14
  3. "No Matter What They Say" (Instrumental) - 4:19
  4. "No Matter What They Say" (Acappella) - 4:26

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits for "No Matter What They Say" are taken from the single's liner notes.[3]

  • Recorded at Daddy's House Recording Studios.
  • Recorded by Stephen Dent
  • Lil' Kim - lead vocals
  • K. Jones, D. Henson, J. Feliciano, Eric B. & Rakim, E. Archer, R. Beavers, J. Hill, P. Jovner, D. Taylor, H. Thomas, N. Rodgers, B. Edwards – songwriting
  • Darren "Limitless" Henson – producer
  • Rich Travali – mixing
  • Chris Athens – audio mastering


Chart (2000) Peak
UK Singles Chart 35
US Billboard Hot 100 60
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 15
US Rap Songs 6
Year-end chart (2000) Position
US Billboard Hot R&B/Rap Singles & Tracks[4] 74


  1. ^ "No Matter What They Say US Promo CD". Discogs. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 
  2. ^ "No Matter What They Say Europe Single". Discogs. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 
  3. ^ No Matter What They Say (Cover). Lil' Kim. New York, NY: Atlantic a division of Warner Music Group, (Cat no. 7567-84697-2 ). 2000. 
  4. ^ Billboard (2000-12-30). Billboard - 2000 The Year In Music. Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 2014-05-08. 

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