The Naked Truth (Lil' Kim album)

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The Naked Truth
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Studio album by Lil' Kim
Released September 27, 2005 (2005-09-27)
Recorded 2004–05
Genre Hip hop
Length 76:31
Label
Producer
Lil' Kim chronology
La Bella Mafia
(2003)
The Naked Truth
(2005)
Dance Remixes
(2006)
Singles from The Naked Truth
  1. "Lighters Up"
    Released: September 13, 2005
  2. "Whoa"
    Released: February 7, 2006

The Naked Truth is the fourth studio album by American rapper Lil' Kim, released on September 27, 2005. The album was released on the first day of Kim's sentencing, in which she went to jail for nearly a year on perjury charges. It was her last studio album released by Atlantic Records before deciding to part ways in 2008. Two official singles were released from the album: "Lighters Up" as the lead single released in September 2005 while "Whoa" served as the second and final single in February 2006. The Naked Truth remains the only album by a female rapper to be rated five mics by The Source.

Singles[edit]

The first single taken from the album was "Lighters Up". It was released on September 13, 2005 and was a commercial success, peaking at number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100. The second, and final, single from the album was "Whoa". Released on February 7, 2006, it was less successful than its predecessor and failed to make the Hot 100. It did manage to chart in the UK, peaking at number 43.

Promotional singles[edit]

The first promo single taken from the album was "Shut Up Bitch". For the release the title was censored to "Shut Up". Released to radio on July 12, 2005, the song served as a promotional single for the album and peaked at number 73 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[1] It can be heard at the start of the "Lighters Up" music video. The second promo single was "Spell Check". It was released to US radio as a promo single for the album in December 2005, alongside "Whoa". The song was promoted in the music video for "Whoa" with Kim rapping the first verse and chorus near the end.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 66/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[3]
The A.V. Club Favorable[4]
Entertainment Weekly B−[5]
The New York Times Unfavorable[6]
Pitchfork 7.8/10[7]
PopMatters 9/10 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[9]
The Source 5/5 stars[10]
Vibe 5/5 stars[11]
The Village Voice Favorable[12]

The album received generally positive reviews and was given a score of 66 out of 100 by Metacritic,[2] with 5 star ratings from The Source (in which she became the first female rapper to ever receive 5 mics), Vibe Magazine, and The Village Voice and less than favorable reviews from The New York Times and AllMusic. Blender gave the album four stars, calling it her "strongest work since her pheromone-thick 1996 debut". While the album did receive several 5 star ratings, Pitchfork journalist Jess Harvell, who gave the album a positive 7.8 rating stated "The Naked Truth may be better than 80% of the other rap albums to be released in 2005, but that doesn't make it another Ready to Die."[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

The Naked Truth debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 and at number three on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, selling 156,000 copies in its first week.[13] The album became her shortest run on the albums chart, falling out of the 200 albums chart after eight weeks. As of 2010, it had sold 800,000 copies in the United States and over 2 million copies worldwide .[14]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer Length
1. "Intro"
  • Dan The Man
  • Big Hill
0:39
2. "Spell Check" Red Spyda 3:39
3. "Lighters Up" Scott Storch 4:23
4. "Shut Up Bitch Intro"   0:56
5. "Shut Up Bitch"
  • Michael "Mr. Williams" Williams
  • Roger "Mista Raja"
4:19
6. "Whoa" Jonathan "J.R." Rotem 4:08
7. "Slippin'" Mr. Porter 4:16
8. "Answering Machine Skit 1"   2:27
9. "All Good" Jeekyman 4:31
10. "I Know You See Me" (featuring Tiny) Kevin "Khao" Cates 3:53
11. "W.P.I.M.P. Skit" Dan The Man 0:30
12. "Quiet" (featuring Game)
  • Michael "Mr. Williams" Williams
  • Roger "Mista Raja" Greene
4:02
13. "Durty" Terrance "Hot Runner" Lovelace 4:10
14. "Answering Machine Skit 2"   2:23
15. "We Don't Give a Fuck" (featuring Bun B and Twista) Terrance "Hot Runner" 4:22
16. "Gimme That" (featuring Maino) Jeekyman 4:27
17. "Kitty Box" Channel 7 3:49
18. "Kronik" (featuring Snoop Dogg) "Fredwreck" Nassar 4:32
19. "Winners and Losers Skit"   0:57
20. "Get Yours" (featuring T.I. and Sha-Dash) Kevin "Kaho" Cates 4:09
21. "Last Day" Jonathan "J.R." Rotem 4:29
22. "Last Day Skit"   5:30

Personnel[edit]

  • Kimberly "Lil' Kim" Jones – executive producer
  • Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace – executive producer
  • Craig Kallman – executive producer
  • Hillary Weston – co-executive producer, manager
  • Jean Nelson – co-executive producer, A&R
  • Gee Roberson – co-executive producer, A&R
  • Dre Weston – A&R
  • Kyambo "HipHop" Joshua – A&R
  • Lanre Gaba – A&R administrator
  • Jamel Jackson – product manager
  • Veronica Alvericci – product manager
  • Dan the Man for Dan Man Productions – engineer
  • Chris Gehringer – mastering
  • Will Quinell – assistant mastering engineer
  • L. Londell McMillian – legal affairs
  • Berdon LLP – business affairs
  • Deborah Mannis-Gardiner – sample clearances
  • Robert D'Este – photography (cover and page 12)
  • Roger Erickson – photography (outside inlay and pages 2–11)
  • Patty Wilson – styling
  • Kithe Brewster – styling
  • Will Robinson – hair
  • JJ – makeup
  • Andrew Zach – art producer
  • Ellen To – art direction, design
  • Alex Kirzhner – design

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[20] Platinum 1,800,000[21]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Kellman, Andy (September 27, 2005). "The Naked Truth – Lil' Kim". Allmusic. Retrieved February 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ Rabin, Nathan (October 5, 2005). "Lil' Kim: The Naked Truth". The A.V. Club. Retrieved February 26, 2012. 
  5. ^ Endelman, Michael (October 17, 2005). "The Naked Truth Review". EW.com. Retrieved February 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (September 26, 2005). "New CD's". The New York Times. Retrieved February 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Harvell, Jess (November 21, 2005). "Lil' Kim: The Naked Truth". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 26, 2012. 
  8. ^ Huff, Quentin (December 20, 2005). "Lil' Kim: The Naked Truth". PopMatters. Retrieved February 26, 2012. 
  9. ^ Relic, Peter (October 20, 2005). "Rolling Stone Review: The Naked Truth by Lil' Kim". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 21, 2007. Retrieved February 26, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Lil' Kim 2005". The Source. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  11. ^ Vibe. Vibe Media Group. December 2005. p. 210. ISSN 1070-4701. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  12. ^ Morgan, Joan (November 1, 2005). "From a Different Place". Village Voice. Retrieved February 26, 2012. 
  13. ^ Mar, Alex (October 5, 2005). "Gretchen Wilson, Sheryl Crow Are Tops on the Chart". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  14. ^ Crosley, Hillary (January 22, 2008). "Lil' Kim Parts Ways With Atlantic". Billboard. Retrieved November 25, 2016. 
  15. ^ "ネイキッド・トゥルース リル・キムのプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE". Oricon.co.jp. Retrieved February 26, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Lil' Kim – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Lil' Kim. Retrieved August 11, 2016.
  17. ^ "Lil' Kim – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Lil' Kim. Retrieved August 11, 2016.
  18. ^ "Lil' Kim – Chart history" Billboard Top Rap Albums for Lil' Kim. Retrieved August 11, 2016.
  19. ^ "Year End 2005 – Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  20. ^ "American album certifications – Lil' Kim – The Naked Truth". Recording Industry Association of America. October 16, 2005. Retrieved July 31, 2016.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  21. ^ Martens, Todd (July 26, 2005). "Lil' Kim Revealing 'Naked Truth' Pre-Prison". Billboard. Retrieved March 25, 2013. 

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