Junior Masters at Finding Intelligent Attitudes, or Junior M.A.F.I.A.
, were able to grab instant notoriety with two hit singles, "Get Money" and "Player's Anthem," thanks to their childhood crony and producer, the Notorious B.I.G.
Their gold-certified debut album, Conspiracy
(Undeas/Big Beat), was also released on Biggie
's Undeas label in 1995. Hailing from Bedford-Stuyvesant, NY, the group was comprised of four separate acts: the 6s (Little Caesar
, Chico, and Nino Brown
), the Snakes
), MC Klepto
, and 47 MC Little Kim
. Their rhymes mostly conveyed scenarios involving guns, money, and sex. The single "Get Money" was popular enough to help one of the group's members start a solo career. Lil' Kim
, "the lieutenant" of Junior M.A.F.I.A.
, presented her own agenda and promiscuous persona, which some public figures protested, but fans concentrated on her skills as a rap artist. Her album Hard Core
was released in 1996 and featured the hit singles "Crush on You," "Queen B@#$H," and "No Time" (which became a number one rap single). Biggie
, Sean "Puffy" Combs
, and Little Caesar
contributed to the album as well. Soon after, Kim
's popularity paved the way for guest raps on songs by artists such as Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott
, Mary J. Blige
, and Sean "Puffy" Combs
and appearances on the movie soundtracks Money Talks
and High School High