After strutting her stuff down in old "Moulin Rouge" for the past year, Lil' Kim has refocused on her solo career and is recording the follow-up to 2000's The Notorious K.I.M.
Not that the album won't find her in more superstar collaborations. Kim said at the Grammys that her "Lady Marmalade" partners Christina Aguilera, Mya, Pink and Missy Elliott (see "Video Is A Cabaret For Aguilera, Pink, Mya, Lil' Kim") have talked about working together again, though for her still-untitled third album she's after some of hip-hop's leading men.
"I want to work with Eminem, 'cause I just love him," Kim said Saturday at the ESPN Action Sports and Music Awards. "He's f---ing crazy. Excuse my language, but I love him. Actually, I've been talking to Dre a lot. And Dre and I are talking about possibly doing some collaborations. He's a cool cat. I love Dre. Our chemistry in the studio was just like, cool. We've been working, you know, trying to cook up some things. And I've been having some talks with Timbaland. There's a lot of producers that are out there that I like. Of course, you know, the Neptunes."
The popularity of a potential collaborator isn't what's important to Kim, however. "I'm not the type of person that whatever's supposed to be hot at that moment, that's what I have to run to," she explained. "The kid from building C down the block could come up to me with a dope-ass track and I'm taking it."
Kim sporting large, sparkly "L-I-L-K-I-M" dangling earrings and a cropped Dogtown T-shirt ("the original skateboard company," she boasted) said she's still in the early stages of recording and is hoping for a November release. Her Atlantic Records spokesperson was not available.
"I'm actually having a lot of fun with this album," Kim said. "I think that it's something that we need back in hip-hop, a lot of fun, you know. I'm really happy with it."
The Notorious K.I.M. featured appearances by Carl Thomas, Mary J. Blige and P. Diddy (see "Lil' Kim: The Girl Can't Help It ").