LL Cool J is one of my favorite MC's. I always respected Uncle L and to me he has 3 Classic or near Classic albums. So which album do you feel is his best? Man, I struggle b/c Radio has a special place with me growing up. Radio is one of the first Rap Albums I loved and recited. By the time I got to High School, Mama Said Knock You Out was a hit. Marley Marl had LL rocking over his Juice Crew style of Production. He also tapped into a little Rick Rubin as well. That album is CRAZY. Now we come to Mr. Smith and my college years. To me, Mr. Smith is the Perfect Balance of LL as an MC/Artist. On Mr. Smith LL would have a song like "Hey Lover" with Boyz II Men and the next minute he would give you "I Shot Ya" featuring Prodigy, Keith Murray, Foxy Brown and Fat Joe.
My Verdict: I'm honestly torn. For the sake of debate, I will go with ........ Man.... Mama Said Knock You Out. On a side note, Bigger and Deffer is a great album as well from James Todd Smith.
Good deal! LL still wack though, lol!
Lol, I tell you what......I'm going to put you on to some unreleased LL soon bro..
To be honest I never really was sold on LL.. Yes, he is a pioneer and I respect that, but his music was never something I took seriously.... I never bought an LL record after Bigger and Deffer...
Oh no...Lol. Man, go check out Mr. Smith again bro!
LL has like 13 LP right, okay to me he has a hit on each LP that if he put out a record with each hit song from the 13 LP you might have something, and that is a big maybe???? The only thing LL was good for is acting and one hit songs on each LP. LL did the same thing as Big Daddy Kane, made slow jams to rap music, if you turn down low you can make love to his music. LL hasn't been bas since "forget Oreo and it Cool J cookies!" Jesus Shuttleworth him, "stick a fork in em" fork been in him since 87...
It is hard. I struggle with the 3 I listed. As far as song D-Nix, I love like 15 of his songs a a lot so I can't eliminate them down to one. A few of my favorites are New York Gangsta, Loungin, I Shot Ya and 4,3,2,1.
Sigh... So hard to choose. I mean LL was a Phenom iMO. Maybe an easier answer is what was his best overall track... I'd say I NEED LOVE! That was brilliance in production and lyrical mastery. It captures the innocent thoughts of young boys fantasizing about their future love interest. Definetly #1 to me. Much less debate there.