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ICYMI: Lil Kim To Drop Mixtape At 9:11 P.M

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Today, September 11, Lil Kim will be dropping her highly anticipated mixtape at exactly 9:11 p.m. Hard Core will be the Queen Bee’s first album since 2011′s Black Friday.

Earlier this week, Kim released the cover art for the forthcoming tape, which features a black panther sprawled out on a red, plush carpet. The panther stares intensely into the camera in a diamond necklace, while a portrait of Kim is perfectly positioned above a fireplace. The artwork is reminiscent of the cover for the rapper’s 1996 same title debut album.

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The star’s upcoming mixtape was originally set to drop in October 2013, but clearly experienced several delays … One we are pretty sure is the birth of Kim’s baby girl. The 40-year-old gave birth to Royal Reign on June 9 at the Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey.

And although Kim has been busy changing diapers and being an awesome mom, the star is making sure we all remember who the real queen of rap is. Last month, Kimberly Denise Jones, the rapper’s legal name, dropped a surprise remix to Beyonce’s “Flawless.” The star has also jumped on Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot Ni**a,” Rae Sremmurd’s “No Flex Zone,” and Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy.”

Sound off: Are you looking forward to Lil Kim’s album?

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