32. HARD CORE (1996)
Artist: Lil’ Kim
Production: The Hitmen, Jermaine Dupri, Ski
Acclaim: Rife with F-bombs and frank sex talk, its XXX-rated feminist bars (semi-penned by a guy named Biggie) expertly flexed the power of the P.
Peak moment: The Queen B’s first couplet, um, spit—“I used to be scared of the dick/Now I throw lips to the shit”—serves as the album’s eyebrow-raising thesis statement.