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On Mama Said Knock You Out, LL Cool J makes the leap from ’80s pioneer to ’90s superstar. Even for a rapper known to boast about his toughness, the title cut is intense. Rhymes are fists and the listener’s ears are punching bags, and studio ace Marley Marl powers the song with mercilessly hard funk. The drums on "Murdergram" are just as brutal, but he brings a lighter, slinkier touch to "Around the Way Girl," which captures LL at his most romantic.

Customer Reviews


This is classic rap. The rhymes and beats are good. LL is one of those rappers who definitely knows what he's talking about. He knows how rhyme. My favorite tracks are Cheesy Rat Blues, Around the Way Girl, and Mama Said Knock You Out. The whole album's worth buying though. So good.

LL Cool J--The Album to own

This is THE ALBUM of LL's that you should own. Forget the rest--look at the best track listing of any albums he has done to date. With the exception of Cheesy Rat Blues and Power of God, this album is a hip-hop classic and should be included in your Top 20. Play this at a party, at least the first 6 songs, and see if the crowd is not groovin and singing along.

LL True Hip Hop

LL shows his excellence in this album with The Boomin System, Power of God, and Jingling Baby this album is worth it!


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 and Deffer,...
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