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McKinnie isn’t exactly producing Kim’s new album … he says he’s acting in more of an “A&R capacity” but the Queen Bee says he knows what’s hot in music … because he’s the king of the Miami club scene.

Lil Kim’s blind side will be totally safe recording her new album … ’cause she’s got some serious beef helping her make hip-hop magic … Ex-NFLer Bryant McKinnie.

“I respect Bryant’s energy and input. When I really started to listen to him I realized that he really knows music and gives you nothing but real talk when you ask his opinions.”

TMZ Sports┬áspoke to Lil Kim … who says she’s known McKinnie for around 10 years and has the ultimate faith his expert ear will make her project a hit.

Turns out McKinnie is a Grammy nominated producer … having produced an R&B album back in 2009. He skipped the ceremony though … ’cause he had to play in the NFC Championship game.

Lil Kim’s blind side will be totally safe recording her new album … ’cause she’s got some serious beef helping her make hip-hop magic … Ex-NFLer Bryant McKinnie.