“Nasty One” is the first single from her upcoming fifth studio album, which will be released by Entertainment One Music later this year.
The track, which showcases a distinctly Jamaican sound, samples Bad English’s classic hit single “When I See You Smile,” which was covered by Jamaican artist Singing Sweet back in the 90’s.
“Nasty One” is a surprising detour for the traditional hardcore bars the rapper is known for, instead, she opts to showcase her vocal talents on the single.
“No other man makes me feel the way you do / I’m the nastiest when I’m with you / I’m a freak but only with my boo / You searched the world and now see that / Now you see you’ll never find a girl like me,” Kim sings.
Lil Kim promised fans that “Nasty One” is only a taste of what’s to come, as her album will feature a variety of different sounds.
Watch “Nasty One” music video by Lil Kim.
In a press release, Kim explained the motivation for the video.
“The single instantly reminds me of when I use to go to the underground clubs as a teenager,” she said.
“I naturally wanted the video to reflect that with the super sexy Caribbean vibe, vivid colors and the dancing. When my fans watch the video, I want them to ultimately jump up and groove with it.”
While speaking with Billboard in July, Kim revealed that she wanted to show off a fun, sexy side on the track.
“Things change, and I want to give my fans what I did and little bit of something new,” Lil Kim said.
“And another thing too: my fans have seen me on some hardcore shit. They’ve seen me on some gutter ‘I’m a gangstress, I will shoot your ass if you play me or you steal from me.’ They’ve seen that. I’ve done that. And last but not least … I’ve lived that. So it’s like, let’s see another side of Kim. Why not? Let’s see a fun side, a sexy side.”
The music video for “Nasty One” comes weeks after the June release of the music video for Kim’s Fabolous-assisted “Spicy” track.