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Album Review

Mr. Smith was the third comeback for LL Cool J, the third time he returned to commercial and creative strengths after being written off by many critics and fans. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that its follow-up, Phenomenon, finds LL coasting — after all, after his two previous comeback albums, he allowed himself to slacken the pace a little bit and ride on his credentials. Fortunately, Phenomenon isn't nearly as weak as 14 Shots to the Dome or Bigger and Deffer, but it simply doesn't have the power of masterpieces like Radio and Mama Said Knock You Out. Essentially, it's a retread of Mr. Smith, offering the same laid-back soul jams and rolling party beats. There's a couple of killer singles, a few dogs, and a lot of filler — more so than on Mr. Smith, in fact. Still, Phenomenon sounds good when it's playing, and even if it doesn't leave a lasting impression, it's a solid, professional effort that illustrates why LL is still in the game, 12 years after his first record.

Customer Reviews

Phenomenon is smmmooooth!

Loved Phenomenon first time I heard it - just realised the catchy bass-beat is a heavy sample of Bill Wither's classic earlier funk tune "Who is He and What is He to You" (check out 'Funk' iTunes Collections album if you wanna hear it's origin). Really like both.

Rest of album is ok - takes me back to listen.

Slept on

His third best besides radio and mama said knock you out.... I havent bought this on itunes i have the cd ll was the rapper that got me into hip hop

A PHENOMENON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A good album, but the best tune on it is definatly Phenomenon

Biography

Born: 14 January 1968 in Bay Shore, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Hip-hop is notorious for short-lived careers, but LL Cool J is the inevitable exception that proves the rule. Releasing his first hit, "I Can't Live Without My Radio," in 1985 when he was just 17 years old, LL initially was a hard-hitting, streetwise b-boy with spare beats and ballistic rhymes. He quickly developed an alternate style, a romantic -- and occasionally sappy -- lover's rap epitomized by his mainstream breakthrough single, "I Need Love." LL's first two albums, Radio and Bigger and Deffer,...
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