Junior M.A.F.I.A. Biography
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 New York ghetto rap.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.