LIl’ Kim says that her former recording home, Atlantic Records, did not agree with her and Diddy’s vision for her 2000 album, The Notorious K.I.M.
“Me and Puffy had our own ideas for the album,” Lil’ Kim says during an interview with Billboard. “At that time, Puff was my manager. He was everything, actually. Bad Boy was my label cause Puffy was my manager, but you can basically say that Bad Boy and Atlantic [Records] shared me.
“Atlantic didn’t really want to live up to their part of the deal because they didn’t understand the direction that me and Puffy wanted to go,” the rapper continues. “Me and Puffy had to get creative with a lot of the music. We gave them the first three tracks we wanted to be singles and they said, ‘We don’t want to support our half of it with this.’ Puffy was very credible so I said, ‘Why don’t you think he knows what he’s doing?’ I totally trusted him. But, they kept saying no. We ended up going with ‘No Matter What They Say.’ That definitely wasn’t me and Puff’s choice as the first single. But Puffy is a business man, so we compromised. We knew we had singles but Atlantic didn’t see our vision. I think our word should have meant more but we wanted their support.”
Other tracks on The Notorious K.I.M. included “How Many Licks?” with Sisqo and “Suck My D**k.”
The Notorious K.I.M. was Lil’ Kim’s second album and her first released after the death of her mentor, The Notorious B.I.G. He was killed in a still-unsolved murder in Los Angeles in 1997.