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LL Cool J

Born: Jan 14, 1968 in Bay Shore, NY
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Genre: R&B, Rap
Biography: 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 ...Read full biography
Released: 1985
Label: Def Jam/Columbia
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Run-D.M.C. was the first rap act to produce cohesive, fully realized albums, and LL Cool J was the first to follow in their footsteps. LL was a mere 17 years old when he recorded his classic debut album ...Read full review
Mama Said Knock You Out
Released: 1990
Label: Def Jam/RAL
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Increasingly dismissed by hip-hop fans as an old-school relic and a slick pop sellout, LL Cool J rang in the '90s with Mama Said Knock You Out, a hard-edged artistic renaissance that became his biggest-selling ...Read full review