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Editors’ Notes

Few rappers can boast a catalogue as consistent as LL Cool J’s. The Queens-bred MC’s 1985 debut redefined the sound of Hip-Hop with a single crushing blow, replacing the slick, dance floor oriented sounds of Old School Hip-Hop with the spare trunk shaking roar of the Roland 808 drum machine. In the years that followed LL Cool J became one of the few rappers who was able to court mainstream success while remaining true to his hardcore roots. In 1996 Def Jam released this greatest hits package offering a good summary of Cool J’s career, from the relentless minimalism of early hits like “Rock The Bells” to the smooth talking braggadocio that followed. Though Cool J’s rhythmically uncomplicated delivery and simple but effective lyrical put-downs could never compare with the labyrinthine flows of MC’s like Rakim and Big Daddy Kane, his gritty, authoritative baritone lent gravitas to even his airiest verses. Classic albums like Bigger and Deffer and Mama Said Knock You Out are well represented here, while only a few tracks from critical disappointments like Walk Like a Panther make the cut, making for a concise and flattering portrait of one of Hip-Hop’s greatest MCs.

Customer Reviews

Great

Download this, You won't be sorry that u did! This album has the best songs!

LL Cool J Fan for Life

This is a great CD. Great to listen to before you see him in concert which is also a treat. Back Seat & Around the way Girl are my all time favorites. I would much rather listen to LL any day, then to some of the so called rappers of today. From his oldest cd's to his most current, it just shows that He is truly gifted.

LL iz a pioneer.

Good muzik while cleanin ur room or house.

Biography

Born: January 14, 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...
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