Category: ll cool j

On this day in music history: August 27, 1990 …

On this day in music history: August 27, 1990 – “Mama Said Knock You Out”, the fourth album by LL Cool J is released. Produced by Marley Marl, LL Cool J and Bobby “Bobcat” Ervin, it is recorded at Marley’s House Of Hits in Chestnut Ridge, NY, Chung King House Of Metal, Sorcerer Sound, Unique Recording Studios, Greene Street Studios in New York City, and Ocean Way Recording Studios in Los Angeles, CA from Late 1989 – Mid 1990. By the end of the 80’s, LL Cool J finds himself at a crossroads in his music career. Having established himself as a rap superstar with his first two albums “Radio” and “Bigger And Deffer”, the tide turns with his third release “Walking With A Panther” in 1989. Though successful, the album meets with a mixed to an outright negative response from many fans, feeling that Cool J has “sold out” in order to achieve mainstream crossover acceptance. Taking the criticism to heart, the rapper enlists the assistance of producer Marley Marl, who had previously remixed the single “Jingling Baby” from the last album (Biz Markie, Big Daddy Kane, Roxanne Shante, MC Shan) to produce his next release. The new album’s title track (#1 Rap, #12 R&B, #17 Pop) is inspired by LL’s grandmother Ellen Griffith who tells her grandson to “knock ‘em out, Todd” when he is faced with negative criticism from fans and others in the hip hop community. Proceeded by the single “The Boomin’ System” (#1 Rap, #6 R&B, #48 Pop) in the Summer of 1990, the resulting albums perfect blend of street edginess and radio friendly accessibility is enthusiastically received by the public, not only helping to re-establish the rapper’s street cred, but also widens his fan base. It spins off a total of five singles including “Around The Way Girl” (#1 Rap, #5 R&B, #9 Pop), and “To Da Break Of Dawn” (#17 Rap). “Mama Said Knock You Out” wins LL Cool J a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance in 1992. The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 2004 with two additional bonus tracks. It also comes with a bonus DVD featuring the music videos for the title track, “Around The Way Girl” and “The Boomin’ System”. Originally issued as a single vinyl LP in 1990, it is remastered and reissued as a double vinyl LP set in 2005 (Europe) and 2007 (US). Another deluxe edition of “Mama” is released in 2014, with the first disc featuring the original fourteen song album. Disc two contains fourteen additional bonus tracks including original 12" remixes and the movie soundtrack single “Strictly Business”. Also in 2014, another reissue pressed as a single LP with a 3D lenticular cover is released, as part of the “Respect The Classics” series. “Mama Said Knock You Out” peaks at number two on the Billboard R&B album chart, number sixteen on the Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: May 29, 1987 – &…

On this day in music history: May 29, 1987 – “Bigger And Deffer (BAD)”, the second album by LL Cool J is released. Produced by LL Cool J and The L.A. Posse, it is recorded at Chung King House Of Metal in New York City from Late 1986 – Early 1987. Enjoying the critical acclaim and commercial success of his debut album “Radio”, LL Cool J begins the task of following it up in the Fall of 1986. Rather than working with producer Rick Rubin again, the rapper works with a group of producers known as The L.A. Posse. Consisting of Mark “DJ Pooh” Jordan, Dwayne “Muffla” Simon, Darryl “Big Dad” Pierce and Bobby “DJ Bobcat” Ervin, they’re initially hired by Def Jam co-founder to work with the rapper Breeze. Originally, they’re only supposed to do pre-production on LL’s album, but LL likes what the time have done, to where they’re hired to do the entire project. Looking to expand upon the ground covered on his previous album, “Bigger And Deffer” eschews the minimalist approach of “Radio”, with tracks that consist of more than beats and scratching. The west coast based production team create tracks, that combine programmed beats with samples. Combined with LL’s on point rhymes, the team come up with a solid and cohesive album from start to finish. Led by the single “I’m Bad” (#4 R&B, #84 Pop, #34 Club Play), “Bigger And Deffer” gets off to a strong start. However, it is the follow up single that becomes the true game changer. The rap ballad “I Need Love” (#1 R&B, #14 Pop) throws fans a huge curve ball, with some fans looking upon the song as “soft”. But with the song showing the rapper’s sensitive side, it is an immediate hit with his more than ample female fan base. “Love” breaks new ground as it one of the first rap records to become huge hit on mainstream R&B and pop radio, topping the chart on the former and landing in the top 20 on the latter. The success of “I Need Love” sends the album into overdrive, becoming LL Cool J’s biggest seller to date, turning him into an international star. Out of print on vinyl since its original release, the album is remastered and reissued as a 180 gram LP in 2014. “Bigger And Deffer (BAD)” spends eleven weeks (non-consecutive) at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, peaking at number three on the Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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twixnmix: LL Cool J and Kidada Jones  LL Co…

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LL Cool J and Kidada Jones 

LL Cool J and Kidada Jones dated from 1992 to 1994. In his book I Make My Own Rules, LL said he cared about

Kidada

and respected her but he broke up with her because of her spirituality beliefs. 

“She would go to an ashram, consult a guru, and pray to statues… Before my album 14 Shots to the Dome dropped, Kidada told me she threw some kind of stick into the eternal fire for my album. I was like ‘Yo why did you do that? I didn’t ask you to do that!’ That joint flopped crazily. ‘Oh, well, I’m sorry I cared!’ she said. I had hurt her feelings, but she had hurt me too. I know she meant well, but I just couldn’t get with that. She took me to her guru once and I remember kneeling before this strange young woman who was touching feathers.”

On this day in music history: November 18, 198…

On this day in music history: November 18, 1985 – “Radio”, the debut album by LL Cool J is released. Produced by Rick Rubin and Jazzy Jay, it is recorded at Chung King House Of Metal in New York City from Late 1984 – Mid 1985. A talented young MC with a prodigious gift for writing sharp and concise rhymes, delivered with plenty of B-Boy attitude, LL Cool J stands out immediately from his contemporaries. Looking to make it in the music business, the teen aged rapper makes demos at home and sends them out to various record labels. After calling Rick Rubin, the co-founder of Def Jam Records numerous times, he listens to LL’s demo tape at the urging of King Ad Rock of The Beastie Boys. Impressed with what he hears, Rubin signs the then sixteen year old rapper to the label. LL Cool J’s first single “I Need A Beat”, released in 1984, is an immediate smash on the street, selling over 100,000 copies. By the end of that year, Def Jam has secured a major label distribution deal with CBS/Columbia Records. LL Cool J is the first artist on Def Jam given the green light to record a full length album. Aided by Rubin’s stripped down, minimalist production, the finished album does not take long to make a major impact. An instant classic, “Radio” quickly establishes LL Cool J as a force to be reckoned with, and as one of hip hop’s first bonafide mainstream superstars.  It spins off four singles including “I Can’t Live Without My Radio” (#15 R&B), “Rock The Bells” (#17 R&B), and “You’ll Rock” (#59 R&B). In time, it is regarded as a seminal album of rap’s “Golden Age”, becoming one of Def Jam’s all time best selling albums. Out of print on vinyl since 1989, it is remastered and reissued in 2014, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Def Jam Records. “Radio” peaks at number six on the Billboard R&B album chart, number forty six on the Top 200, and it is Def Jam’s first album to be certified Gold just five months after its release. “Radio” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

twixnmix: LL Cool J and his girlfriend Kidad…

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LL Cool J and his girlfriend Kidada Jones (1993) 

twixnmix: LL Cool J and Kidada Jones  LL Coo…

twixnmix:

LL Cool J and Kidada Jones 

LL Cool J and Kidada Jones dated from 1992 to 1994. In his book I Make My Own Rules, LL said he cared about

Kidada

and respected her but he broke up with her because of her spirituality beliefs. 

“She would go to an ashram, consult a guru, and pray to statues… Before my album 14 Shots to the Dome dropped, Kidada told me she threw some kind of stick into the eternal fire for my album. I was like ‘Yo why did you do that? I didn’t ask you to do that!’ That joint flopped crazily. “Oh, well, I’m sorry I cared!” she said. I had hurt her feelings, but she had hurt me too. I know she meant well, but I just couldn’t get with that. She took me to her guru once and I remember kneeling before this strange young woman who was touching feathers.

On this day in music history: August 27, 1990 …

On this day in music history: August 27, 1990 – “Mama Said Knock You Out”, the fourth album by LL Cool J is released. Produced by Marley Marl, LL Cool J and Bobby “Bobcat” Ervin, it is recorded at Marley’s House Of Hits in Chestnut Ridge, NY, Chung King House Of Metal, Sorcerer Sound, Unique Recording Studios, Greene Street Studios in New York City, and Ocean Way Recording Studios in Los Angeles, CA from Late 1989 – Mid 1990. By the end of the 80’s, LL Cool J finds himself at a crossroads in his music career. Having established himself as a rap superstar with his first two albums “Radio” and “Bigger And Deffer”, the tide turns with his third release “Walking With A Panther” in 1989. Though commercially successful, the album meets with a mixed to an outright negative response from many fans, feeling that Cool J has “sold out” in order to achieve mainstream crossover acceptance. Taking the criticism to heart, the rapper enlists the assistance of producer Marley Marl, who had previously remixed the single “Jingling Baby” from the last album (Biz Markie, Big Daddy Kane, Roxanne Shante, MC Shan) to produce his next release. The new album’s title track (#1 Rap, #12 R&B, #17 Pop) is inspired by LL’s grandmother Ellen Griffith who tells her grandson to “knock ‘em out, Todd” when he is faced with negative criticism from fans and others in the hip hop community. Proceeded by the single “The Boomin’ System” (#1 Rap, #6 R&B, #48 Pop) in the Summer of 1990, the resulting albums perfect blend of street edginess and radio friendly accessibility is enthusiastically received by the public, not only helping to re-establish the rapper’s street cred, but also widens his fan base. It spins off a total of five singles including “Around The Way Girl” (#1 Rap, #5 R&B, #9 Pop), and “To Da Break Of Dawn” (#17 Rap). “Mama Said Knock You Out” wins LL Cool J a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance in 1992. The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 2004 with two additional bonus tracks. It also comes with a bonus DVD featuring the music videos for the title track, “Around The Way Girl” and “The Boomin’ System”. Originally issued as a single vinyl LP in 1990, it is remastered and reissued as a double vinyl LP set in 2005 (Europe) and 2007 (US), spreading the hour long plus album over four sides for dramatically improved fidelity. Another deluxe edition of “Mama” is released in 2014, with the first disc featuring the original fourteen song album. Disc two contains fourteen additional bonus tracks including original 12" remixes and the movie soundtrack single “Strictly Business”. Also in 2014, another vinyl reissue pressed as a single LP with a 3D lenticular cover is released, as part of the “Respect The Classics” series. “Mama Said Knock You Out” peaks at number two on the Billboard R&B album chart, number sixteen on the Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

LL Cool J and his girlfriend Kidada Jones (1…

LL Cool J and his girlfriend Kidada Jones (1993) 

On this day in music history: November 18, 1985 -…

On this day in music history: November 18, 1985 – “Radio”, the debut album by LL Cool J is released. Produced by Rick Rubin and Jazzy Jay, it is recorded at Chung King House Of Metal in New York City from Late 1984 – Mid 1985. A talented young MC with a prodigious gift for writing sharp and concise rhymes, delivered with plenty of B-Boy attitude, LL Cool J stands out immediately from his contemporaries. Looking to make it in the music business, the teen aged rapper makes demos at home and sends them out to various record labels. After calling Rick Rubin, the co-founder of Def Jam Records numerous times, he listens to LL’s demo tape at the urging of King Ad Rock of The Beastie Boys. Impressed with what he hears, Rubin signs the then sixteen year old rapper to the label. LL Cool J’s first single “I Need A Beat”, released in 1984, is an immediate smash on the street, selling over 100,000 copies. By the end of that year, Def Jam has secured a major label distribution deal with CBS/Columbia Records. LL Cool J is the first artist on Def Jam given the green light to record a full length album. Aided by Rubin’s stripped down, minimalist production, the finished album does not take long to make a major impact. An instant classic, “Radio” quickly establishes LL Cool J as a force to be reckoned with, and as one of hip hop’s first bonafide mainstream superstars.  It spins off four singles including “I Can’t Live Without My Radio” (#15 R&B), “Rock The Bells” (#17 R&B), and “You’ll Rock” (#59 R&B). In time, it is regarded as a seminal album of rap’s “Golden Age”, becoming one of Def Jam’s all time best selling albums. Out of print on vinyl since 1989, it is remastered and reissued in 2014 as a 180 gram LP, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Def Jam Records. “Radio” peaks at number six on the Billboard R&B album chart, number forty six on the Top 200, and it is Def Jam’s first album to be certified Gold just five months after its release. “Radio” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.