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This early 90s rap collective, whose title actually stands for Junior Masters At Finding Intelligent Attitudes, featured four acts from the Brooklyn, New York, USA area - MC Klepto, the 666s (Little Caesar, Chico and Nino Brown), the Snakes (cousins Trife and Larceny), and Lil Kim. Most attention surrounded the latter artist, widely hailed as a natural successor to MC Lyte via her considerable dexterity on the microphone. The crews debut single together, Players Anthem, became a major R&B hit in 1995 with sales certified gold. On the album that accompanied it the rhythms were located at a mid-point between hip-hop and soul, with Backstabbers proving particularly articulate in this musical climate. The Notorious B.I.G. made a guest appearance on the more predictable Get Money, though again Lil Kim earned critical plaudits for her ability to stand shoulder to shoulder with the current favourite son of...