More dangerous than any words that come out of Lil’ Kim’s mouth are the forces of repressive puritanical morality that seek to silence her. Before talking to Kim, I spoke with lots of so-called cool folks who were putting her down, calling her a “ho…nothing but a prostitute.” Even the dudes who are into her gig — fans of her debut album, Hardcore (Undeas/Big Beat/Atlantic), and her work with Junior M.A.F.I.A — still see her as another version of “pussy galore”: a freak for their pleasure. And then there are the boys who pump her up as “sexy feminism.” Gimme a break! Ain’t nothing wrong with sex work, ‘cause a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. And every girl I know who is working a sex tip has her reasons, but it ain’t about sexual freedom. It’s about getting paid. Lil’ Kim knows that. She’s seen and done it all. She knows when it’s fantasy and when it’s real, when it’s about getting paid or getting free.