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Solid Reasons Why Rapper LL Cool J Really Is Cool

Blog : April 12th, 2013

ll_cool_j_1980s1LL Cool J,  rapper and one of the greatest EmCees of all time.  Due to the recent song, “Accidental Racist” by Brad Paisley featuring the country singer and LL earnestly trying to talk about race however the execution of the track is all wrong.

If you go to Twitter, everyone has been bashing LL, almost like they’ve forgotten what he’s done during his 25 plus years in the Hip Hop game.  Here are 8 solid reasons why LL Cool J is really cool!!

Ll Cool J with his radio

He was a child prodigy:

LL Cool J signed his first deal in 1984, at the tender age of 16. LL had a huge hit right out of the bat: his first release, “I Need A Beat,” sold more than 100,00 copies.

He jump-started the most important rap label of all time, Def Jam

Where would hip-hop be without LL’s radio? LL Cool J’s classic debut album Radio was Def Jam’s first release. Def Jam would go on to release some of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time from artists like Beastie Boys, Redman and Jay-Z.

He has major classics

Even though Radio was LL’s first release, that album isn’t the real classic. Bigger and Deffer is the real classic album. It features masterpieces like “I Need Love” and “Bad.”

LL was Hip Hop’s first ladies’ man

During the late ’80s and throughout the ’90s, rappers were all trying to be tough. LL had street cred, but his status with women was unmatched. He had classics for the ladies, from “I Need Love” to “Doin’ It” to “Love U Better.”

Ll Cool J

He wasn’t scared of scrap     

No one will mistake LL as being the greatest lyricist of all time, but don’t get it twisted: son was a beast on the mic. In fact, when it comes to battling other rappers, he’s undefeated; he bodied legendary rappers like Kool Moe Dee, Ice T and Canibus.

He’s the comeback kid

In 1989, Walking with a Panther came out and the album was considered a flop by critics and fans alike. So what did LL do? He just came back even harder the next year, releasing the classic Mama Said Knock You Out album. He would do the same a couple of years later, dropping the excellent Mr. Smith after 14 Shots to the Dome bricked.

He was one of the first great rapper turned actors

LL got into movies early, appearing in Kush Groove back in 1985. Over the years, he would have major roles in movies like Halloween H20, Deep Blue Sea, Any Given Sunday and S.W.A.T. He even starred in a UPN TV show called In the House.

LL Cool J was a fashion icon  

LL Cool has to be one of the “swaggiest rappers” of all time. You might as well say he invented the Kangol hat, big gold chain look. And, remember Fubu? Yeah, the brand might be nothing now, but throughout the late ’90s it was one of the hottest lines on the planet.

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