"We took us a break but we back now," proclaims Lil' Kim in her new single and music video "Took Us A Break." The rapper released her highly anticipated single and its accompanying video on Thursday night, with the cover art depicting an awaiting throne and crown. With this year's rise of Cardi B, return of Remy Ma, and perennial music efforts from Nicki Minaj, Lil' Kim is back to teach these new money bitches a thing or two.
"Took Us A Break" marks a resurgence is Kim's plateaued career. Earlier this year, the rapper performed a tribute to the late Prodigy of Mobb Deep at the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors and appeared on Missy Elliott's "I'm Better" with Trina and Eve. As far new material, the November single marks Kim's first studio release since 2009's "Download."
The single sounds exactly how it reads. Kim raps about her most recent hiatus from music, reaffirming listeners, though, that her absence wasn't necessarily fruitless. "Took Us A Break" heavily revolves around one of Kim's favorite past times--making money.
"I'm a bad bitch with some old money. Yeah, I'm balling but I want some more money," Kim raps. "Ain't nothing more important than this money, baby. Counting nothing but 20s, 50s and these 100s, baby."
Flanked by entourages, flying bills, and looks on looks, the exclusively black-and-white visual captures Kim's lavish lifestyle perfectly. While the Brooklyn MC has physically and vocally evolved over her decades-spanning career, her effortless writing talents remain at her music's core.