Lil' Kim

In the Air Tonite, Pt. 1

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From the album Urban Renewal comes Lil' Kim's hip-hop take on the Phil Collins classic "In the Air Tonight." This maxi-single, released in Europe, contains five mixes, a few beginning with Collins' vocal and a couple that go straight into Lil' Kim's rap. What is interesting is how well this song works when pitted against a hip-hop beat and, once Lil' Kim's raps kick in, it's almost impossible to resist the disc's seductive qualities. What is unsettling is how Kim transformed a song originally about someone drowning into the typical and clich├ęd hip-hop themes of materialism and self-worship. This isn't a bad record -- it's actually somewhat intoxicating -- but one only wishes that the lyrics were a little less banal, because they only serve to highlight the appalling level of ignorance, the monumental ego, and the total lack of creativity of the uncredited lyricist. Other than that, it's pretty enjoyable.

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