2/26/15 O&A Throwback Thursday: L.L. Cool J.

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James Todd Smith, better known as LL Cool J (short for Ladies Love Cool James),[ is a rapper, entrepreneur, and actor. He is known for pioneering hip-hop tracks such as I Can’t Live Without My Radio, I’m Bad, The Boomin’ System, Rock The Bells, and Mama Said Knock You Out as well as romantic ballads such as I Need Love, Around the Way Girl, and Hey Lover.


I’m Bad (sometimes spelled I’m BAD) is the first single from LL Cool J’s second album, Bigger and Deffer. It was released in 1987 for Def Jam Recordings and was produced by the production group, The L.A. Posse and LL Cool J himself, with Russell Simmons executive producing the single.

I’m Bad


Mama Said Knock You Out is the fourth studio album by hip-hop artist LL Cool J. The album was released in 1990, after the critically disappointing Walking with a Panther in 1989. Mama Said Knock You Out is now seen as a classic hip-hop album.

Mama Said Knock You Out


Paradise features  LL Cool J and R&B singer Amerie. Produced by Trackmasters, the track was released in early 2003 as the second single from LL Cool J’s ninth studio album, 10 (2002). It also appears on the soundtrack to the 2003 film Deliver Us from Eva, in which LL Cool J stars alongside Gabrielle Union.

Paradise ft. Amerie

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