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Mama Said Knock You Out

LL Cool J

1990

Mama Said Knock You Out

Album Summary

Mama Said Knock You Out is the fourth studio album by American rapper LL Cool J. It was produced mostly by Marley Marl and recorded at his "House of Hits" home studio in Chestnut Ridge and at Chung King House of Metal in New York City. After the disappointing reception of LL Cool's 1989 album Walking with a Panther, Mama Said Knock You Out was released by Def Jam Recordings on September 14, 1990 to commercial and critical success.

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Rating

2.92

Votes

4716

Genres

  • Hip Hop
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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

The album is too long, and a lot of the material either didn't age well ("I sure wouldn't rape you" as a pickup line? Yikes) or is super corny (Milky Cereal, among others). There is no denying the power of the title track, though. Best track: Mama Said Knock You Out

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Fri May 07 2021
3

LL breaks new ground and pioneers "sexy rap". NWA talks about bitches. Beastie Boys want girs to do their laundry. LL is here to wear a Kangol hat give your girl a dozen orgasms. Fun and very consistent album. B

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Sat Aug 07 2021
1

Better actor than rapper. And he is not a good actor.

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Sat May 08 2021
5

My first real exposure to LL Cool J's music was when I saw his performance of "Mama Said Knock You Out" on MTV Unplugged in 1990 and it blew me away. Listening to this album all the way through serves only to make me more of an admirer. Such great music, lyrics, performing, fun, depth, all of it. Loving the groove, loving the energy in his voice; just really loving this album.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
4

Such a clear portrait of the transition from 80's hip hop to 90's hip hop. At times feels like listening to two different albums on shuffle. That sounds like a knock, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Fri May 28 2021
3

I enjoyed the beats. Don't know what he was saying to much. Something about ice cream, riding the bus and raping a woman. xXxplicit

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Thu Feb 04 2021
2

I remember listening to this as a teenager. It was ok then, but didn't pass the test of time. Not only are the lyrics trivial, but also very sexist.

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Sat May 22 2021
2

All the bad traits of 90s Rap that killed Hip Hop. The tracks were ok but the lyrics were crap. Also the line "I Sure wouldn't rape you' is worrying

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Sun Sep 12 2021
2

Having just gotten to Mr. Good Bar, I have to ask... how can anyone find this anything but incredibly cringey? Some hip-hop acts from this era have aged pretty well... Rakim, Run-DMC... but the punchiest moments on this album feel like Will Smith trying to be Ice Cube.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
2

Ladies Love Cool James.... As for me? Not so much. His music has just never done it for me. Mama Said Knock You Out is great and there’s a few other good tracks here. But there’s probably a hundred or so rap records I would listen to before this one

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Tue Oct 20 2020
1

Pretty cheesy tbh

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Thu Jul 01 2021
1

Competent rap but not my style. A bit aggro masculine. Did not finish.

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Mon May 03 2021
1

Pretty shite. Run of the mill, cliched, insincere tat. Mr. Cool wreaks of desperation, wanting to be in the cool gang but probably spend his high school years playing Warhammer.

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Sat May 15 2021
5

Good

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Tue Jun 01 2021
5

I knocked out Bald Bull during his bull charge in Mike Tyson's punch out right after "Don't call it a comeback"

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Sun Jul 25 2021
5

Top classic hip hop

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Wed Mar 02 2022
5

Awesome hip hop album

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Sun Mar 06 2022
5

I'M On My Way To Tounes Taw. Work Work Work

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Sun Mar 06 2022
5

Loved this. Eastside rap was a lot more cosmopolitan than west, and I preferred its sound. Mama Said Knock You Out still sounds great, while Milky Cereal is great fun.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
5

I never would have sought this album out, but I really enjoyed it. It had great flow throughout and good beats.

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Thu May 05 2022
5

Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Hell yes.

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Mon May 16 2022
5

Yeh, something else. 32 years old my arse. Still so fresh.

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Wed May 18 2022
5

I love this album! Remember when he performed Mama Said Knock You Out on VH1 Unplugged? Yeah, he was part of the first rappers to do unplugged shows. Also hard to compute that “comeback” was even a part of this. Around the Way Girl makes me FEEL. Ugh. This album has sexy, fun, hard vibes throughout. Listened to it several times!!

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Thu May 26 2022
5

Classic. This one comes with special memories

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

They don’t make hip hop like they used to…

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Wed Dec 07 2022
5

Great LL Cool J album, almost just as good as his debut (Radio, one of the best rap albums from the 80s).

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Tue Sep 08 2020
4

Classic hip hop stuff, really good flow

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Mon Sep 14 2020
4

I can hear how much this influenced. Some great tracks

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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

Tiukkaa settiä ja yks tuttu klassikkokin mukana.

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Thu Dec 31 2020
4

Verrassend goed album eigenlijk ondanks dat ik over t algemeen niet de grootste LL cool J fan ben. Duidelijk uit onwetendheid en dus misplaatst.

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Sun Feb 07 2021
4

Much better than I expected. Several gems on this record.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

always wanted to listen to this as an album

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

very solid overall, couple weird songs but definitely golden age hip hop

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Mon May 31 2021
4

Definitely a time piece, but still sounds great today

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Solid album. Better than I expected. Got some classic bangers. 7.5-8/10

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

4 - Top Album, gefällt mir sehr gut.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

I had two songs favorited on album. I favorited a new one when listening to the entire thing, for the fist time. So, pretty good but not life-altering.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

Fun to listen to

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Thu May 06 2021
4

This is a solid groove right between the gangster hop of later rap albums and the older sounds of earlier hip hop. Murdergram is a nice change from the more laid back rhythms. Mama Said Knock You Out is one of those cultural touchstones with a huge reach. Illegal Search is 31 years old and still applies to today.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

always liked him

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

I really liked the samples on this, overall it was a fun listen. Even when it’s corny (which is often), it’s still pretty entertaining, although Milky Cereal would be an easy skip . 8/10

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Sun Mar 07 2021
4

Classic Hip-hop. Uncle L's flow is unmatched in today's era of rap where you can barely discern the lyrics, LL enunciates every line beautifully. A man before his time, this album doesn't sound like it was made in 1990. Best songs = Mama said knock you out & Round the Way Girl.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

90s

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

Okie doke

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Fri Apr 23 2021
4

Love me some 90s hip hop complete with hilariously cheesy lyrics. Wicked.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

This album was more fun to listen to than I was expecting and I really liked finding a rap album that didn’t overly rely on cussing throughout each song.

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Fri May 14 2021
4

This is terrific. Classic beats (praise to Marley Marl), entertaining lyrics, smooth delivery from the one and only LL. The influence of this album on hip hop was massive - you hear beats and lyrics later ‘borrowed’ by other artists but also the style and swagger. LL raps about anything, broadening rap’s horizons. Such an enjoyable, fun album. Groundbreaking. Loved it. Stand outs - Mama Said Knock You Out, Around the Way Girl, Mr. Good Bar

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Mon May 31 2021
4

Funky hip-hop humour.

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Sat May 22 2021
4

Classic

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Sat May 22 2021
4

Big fun 90s hip hop vibe, absolutely banging backing tracks with some tasty bass lines.

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Sat May 22 2021
4

LL is the man

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Sun May 16 2021
4

mmm

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Sat May 29 2021
4

ll cool j doesn't hold back rapping over funky beats. mama said knock you out is such a great tune, if you don't like it, there's something wrong with you. bit too long though

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

Thanks to albums like this one is that I’m starting to really apreciate hip hop.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
4

Some songs I wasn't a big fan of, but overall this is solid '90s hip-hop. I will say I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. I feel like I'm saying that about a lot of albums here, but preconceived notions are TOUGH to overcome!

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Thu Sep 02 2021
4

Knockout

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Fri Sep 10 2021
4

Really dug it

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

LL is the original rap star. Good album. Lyrics are a little corny for 2021 standards, but for this time LL comes off original and sells his identity well.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

LL Cool j is next level

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

Solid 3.5 for me

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

Because the opening line of the title track is "DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK!", I had assumed this album came a considerable amount of time after LL's last. It was little more than a year - and in the 80s/90s, that was short. But when gangsta rap reared its head in the late 80s and Ladies Love Cool James's loverboy schtick was looking dated, perhaps it felt like a cultural comeback. The album proved that LL could navigate the new hip hop landscape and deliver something as hard and defiant as the title track. But at the same time, he showed that he could make the ladies love him in a way that those gangsta rappers could only wish. (Case in point - when I was 15 I was OBSESSED with "Around the Way Girl" and had a dumb crush on LL. Hey, he had it!) The Mama Said album is LL Cool J in his imperial phase, showing his skill as an MC, a lyricist and his (and his producer's) ability to deftly mix rap with pop stylings.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

Fun flows and lyricism, production got a bit repetitive for me

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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

Pretty killer rap album. Couple off tracks here and there. The title track is 10/10. Album holds up.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

A hot slice of G-funk. Didn't expect to like this as much as I did but I got right into it.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

Ladies Love Cool James manages to nut a commodious autonomic album full of great tracks

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

I thought the album was fine, never really cared for LL but the rhymes are nice. Still has a very 80s sound of hip hop. "Around The Way Girl" is my favorite song on the album. 7/10.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

Åter igen. Old school hip hop är det coolaste vi har. För bra! + tänker bara på kultklassikern Kangaroo Jack när jag hör mama said knock you out. Mm helt sjukt hur bra smak jag kan ha?

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Fri Apr 15 2022
4

LL Cool J is probably one of the more underrated rappers in hiphop. He did not seem to make a grab at the headlines as much as his contemporaries did, but that does not seemed to have made a negative impact on his resume. Disclosure: First exposure to LL Cool J was his song with Boyz II Men "Hey Lover". Late night radio on the local Top 40 station for the win. "Hey Lover" is on another album though, but it serves as the blueprints for how this review approaches "Mama Said Knock You Out". Rap music and the wealth of catchy phrases and quips that make it into the modern lexicon are on full display here even thirty years later with "Don't call it a comeback!" on the title track. LL Cool J has an amazing voice with near crystal clear clarity. While the lyrics are not complicated, the delivery by LL Cool J is rhythmic and on time. This is a fairly great representation of what may have been hiphop's most appealing era where it was a balanced mix of fun and inviting with stories happy, sad, and socially aware. A key example of where this album remains socially aware is "Illegal Search" where LL Cool J chides the stereotypes by which the black community is essentially punished for being successful, or even just appearing to be. Crossed T's, dotted I's notwithstanding, he laments angrily the sort of gauntlet that they have to navigate just to verify that. Interestingly enough, the following track "The Power of God" contains a message of hope, an exhortation of sorts acknowledging the struggles and temptations of his early life but documenting his commitment to stay above those things, to maintain focus on the "power of God". Overall, the album is a great listen on par with his 90s contemporaries where messaging and storytelling take precedence on the whole over the single. These days are truly missed.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

Nek sam se ja na MSN-u zvao LL Cool L, ah. Dosta sam njegovih albuma preslušao, nisam detaljno većinu, ali se uvijek znalo nać par pjesama koje sam si stavljo na plejliste, ali to je davno bilo kad sam ga baš slušao. Mama Said Knock You Out je izvrstan klasik, spot, uvijek slika ostaje te boje spota. Nisam očekivao da će album biti malo udaljeniji od njegove klasične r&b/love story + hip hop sheme (za kojom bome nisam lud). Album definitivno može biti kraći, pjesma-dvije definitivno ne bi falile ako bi se izrezale. Sve u svemu, drago mi je da je malo skrenuo sa svoje rute glazbe pa izbacio malo jači hip hop album što se tiče samog sebe.

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Thu May 05 2022
4

I love this album. Early 90s had more fun than a lot of modern rap. LL Cool J was a really fun rapper before he turned into a "meh" actor.

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Sun May 15 2022
4

It pretty good album. I am not the biggest LL Cool J fan but this album does have his best overall song. I would definitely listen to some of the songs again

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Wed May 18 2022
4

Fun 90s hiphop. Some good beats, some good rhymes, some total cheese, but it's all good.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
4

Wasn’t looking forward to more rap, but this was good! Got a little bored here and there but mostly into it. I liked the smoother jams like “Around the Way Girl” and “6 Minutes of Pleasure” a lot!

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Mon Jun 06 2022
4

Really enjoyed the first two and a few of tracks near the end but got a bit bored in between. I like his smooth sound.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
4

Used to listen to this albums quite a bit back in the early 90’s but admittedly, it’s been at least over a decade since my last full listen of it. Great beats, dope rhymes. Still a great album all the way through. The fact that Run the Jewels took their name from a line in “Cheesy Rat Blues” tells you how influential this album was.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

the name LL cool J reminded me of a C tier famous person in bad mtv shows, but this album is surprisingly good. Lyrically very nice and the beats are also creative enough.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Nice listen.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Never knew how far back in time LL had music! Old school style for sure. Pretty clean overall, beats and lyrics.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

LL Cool J isn't my thing sadly.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

Finally, some hip hop! After trying to get through fancy pants Rush for a few days, the steady beats of golden age early 90s rap is just what I needed. I’m learning some things about myself with this whole processs - namely, I don’t want my music to be some sonic journey, I want my music to be simple. Simple simple simple but you know, simple but interesting isn’t so easy! Enter rap! Give me that beat, that hook, and let’s not let go of it for four minutes! Old school rap just scoots me along, pushing me forward through the haze of tween sleepovers, dirty dishes, dog diarrhea, and unread email. Just like in the streets! So, now we see why this era of rap is the ultimate culmination of all greatest music - peak melodic perfection, boiled down and distilled into… um, peak melodic perfection. But let us now come to Ladies Love Cool J. If only I could sexually harass women the way he does and have them laugh and tell me I so crazy. If only I had the swagger to rap a song comparing women to breakfast cereal. For the entirety of the song. LL is not one finds himself at the emergency vet at 6am on a Saturday, LL probably has a perfectly calm and dangerous Rottweiler that never eats garbage and that the ladies equally love. I have emotionally neurotic belle, who growls at small children. But me and belle both have LL, and his masterful collection of pop rap gets us through. We don’t need to actively listen to innovative artistry that push’s the bounds of music, we need to listen to music. Good music that sounds even better around the way with the jinglin babies in a booming system while eating milky cereal and telling every female that my name is Mr. Good Bar.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
4

I like this kind of rap, just that late 80s/early 90s thing before G-funk took over the entire genre. I've never heard this album but it really ticks the box. Would be a full score except it's just that bit too long. 4/5.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
4

Dope

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

Ihan letkeetä menoa ja en juuri muuta muistanut kuin tuon suurimman hitin.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

Probably my favourite 90s hip hop album on this lost (so far) some good rhymes, beats, bass. Some annoying tracks. Not really something I'd listen to regularly.

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Sun May 30 2021
3

Selvästi paras listan tähänastisista amerikkalaisista rap-levyistä. Letkeän groovaavaa menoa ilman suurempaa angstailua ja uhoamista, vaikka levyn kannesta tulikin hieman pahat etukäteisvibat. Biiseistä jäi mieleen erityisesti Around The Way Girl. Tähän voisi jopa palata myöhemmin joskus!

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Thu Mar 25 2021
3

Solid but nothing I’m obsessed about.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
3

No offense kinda corny but so were some of the early Beatles songs can’t fault LL for trying his hand at something that went from a fad to an institution.

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Fri May 21 2021
3

Eh, not really my thing. For the first 5 tracks I was seriously thinking of awarding 2 stars because it just seemed like unreflective brag rap with fairly basic rhymes. It did approve a bit after that. Fave track - "Cheesy Rat Blues" - a much more interesting listen than most of the other tracks. Plus it's where Run the Jewels got their name! The title track is also a pretty good tune, tbf

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

No one of the great rap artists in my opinion, and not one of the greatest albums. This is actually LL's last good album.

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Thu May 20 2021
3

At least 3 stars for the title track alone. The other tracks are a lot of fun. I love 90's rap, and I feel like this album starts to bridge the gap between old school and more 2000s-style gangster rap. I wish I knew more about the genre, I feel inadequately equipped to fairly appraise it.

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Mon Jul 12 2021
3

Probably the first time I've given this dude an extended listen. Around the Way Girl is a classic.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
3

Definitely better than Eminem

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

I liked the R&B style beats but some of this was extremely corny and grating. 6

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

Torn... I wanted 4 but just can’t. If MTV unplugged was in then it would be

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

Fairly middle of the road 90s hip hop - title track is the clear stand out.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

A real evolution of LL's craft as seen on "Radio" - lots of great beats and rhymes delivered with the utmost conviction.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

De klassieke hip hop

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

Viel me alleszins mee. Moest grinniken om teksten als ‘I’m hot like pastrami’. En wat was er de hele tijd met Fendi-tassen?

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

De titel-track is echt een geweldige classic. Maasr de rest van het album vond ik ook nog best te pruimen. Beetje gedateerd, maar niet zo schreeuwerig en van die stoerdoenerij als bij veel andere rap uit die tijd.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

Cool! Mama said knock you out! Dat is echt nostalgie. Rest van de plaat wel ok.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

ll cool j oder j rocs kuseng. nowateimsäin. Das Album schiebt den Hosenbund zurück auf den Hüftäquator. Olde schule, ziemlich fly und cool, j. Abseits des geglückten Inhalts spricht mich auch das Cover an. Können diese Lippen küssen? One can only dream.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

Actually not bad

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Fri May 07 2021
3

I’ve never liked LL Cool J’s persona, too much, “c’mon girl,” too cool for school swagger. But, I can’t deny this album, solid samples, great production, only a few songs dated and LL’s glow isn’t too bad. Quite a few catchy songs. I would say this album isn’t really my cup of tea, pretty straight forward and it was way too long. I found my ears creeping away and listening to other things. I would’ve cut out a couple of songs, the more dated ones, from the end. Overall I was impressed but not floored.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
3

It's all right -- catchy, good sound and rhythms. Can't say I really relate to the lyrics. Probably a 3; we'll see if there are more songs that jump out at me besides "Around The Way Girl" and "Mama Said..." It was pretty good. 3 is fine.

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Thu May 20 2021
3

Good fun, I appreciate the lighthearted style

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Mon May 03 2021
3

First hip hop listen and I still only gave it a 3 🤣

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Sun Mar 07 2021
3

Admittedly had this playing as more of a background album so didn't really take in many of the lyrics. Some solid early 90s hip-hop sounds, though. Best track: Around the Way Girl

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Sun Mar 07 2021
3

A couple of stand out tracks buried amongst a lot of tracks where I struggled to connect with or even process the lyrics. The Power of God is a great song though and just about pulls up the album up to 3 stars.

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Sun Mar 07 2021
3

Favourite Songs: Jingling Baby & The Power of God

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Mon Apr 12 2021
3

Not as good as I expected it to be.

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Wed May 19 2021
3

Pretty good

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

Not usually on my radar, but decent album

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Tue Jun 08 2021
3

3.5/5 alright, good but not amazing

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Tue May 11 2021
3

good, especially the title track

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Sat May 22 2021
3

Decent instrumentals, but like a lot of the rap from this era, it feels incredibly dated now.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
3

I liked some tracks as time capsules of 1990, but the whole album got too "cheesy" for me.

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Sun Jul 25 2021
3

Classic hiphop

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Tue Jul 27 2021
3

Good old skool hip-hop.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
3

Good lyricist. Early 90s Hip Hop, but it isn't that memorable for me.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
3

It was ok

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

Pretty fun album actually, a lot better than I thought it would be. I'm probably not going to go out of my way to put it on, but I enjoyed it.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

Not super impressed apart from one or two songs.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
3

De old school vibe vind ik altijd leuk; maar het was weer iets te lang

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Fri Oct 08 2021
3

“I want a girl with extensions” (Around the Way Girl). Boy, nothing dates the album like this. (Although, to be fair, the diversity of hair clip use these days could give this line a new lease of life…) The very conservative use of samples and loops makes me realise, belatedly, that this album was pointed directly at the mainstream. Got there just in time too - The Chronic and Gangster Rap reshaped that landscape just a year or so later…) On the whole, a period piece rather than a classic. Mama Said Knock You Out is still banging, tho…

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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

Liked it a lot more than I thought. A couple of stand out tracks. Mr. Goodbar Murdergram

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Wed Oct 27 2021
3

@runthejewels

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

Not too bad but not mah thang

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

just okay to me.

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Mon Dec 20 2021
3

It's OK I guess.

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Sun Jan 16 2022
3

Slightly dated pop rap album

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

3.3 - A commercial breakthrough for hip hop - "Mama Said Knock You Out" and "Around the Way Girl" were on constant blast, even in my white town. LL Cool J cultivated just enough of a bad boy image to appeal to the youth without scaring our parents. Artistically, this album sounds stale. Songs revolve around two themes: "I'm a great MC and a cool guy (PS: you're neither of those things)" and "I have sex."

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Sun Feb 27 2022
3

Better than expected. Some good ones up front but didn’t wow me.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
3

Most rap albums get 1 or (rarely) 2 stars from me and I only listen to about a minute of the first 4-5 songs. This album on the other hand I found absolutely decent and only skipped forward once or twice and otherwise listened to the whole album. I'm still not a fan of rap and I wouldn't actively listen to this album again. But it was totally fine and I didn't mind it at all, which is more than I can say for 95% of all rap.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
3

Some songs were very powerful (title track, Illegal Search) while others were dated and did not age well (6 Minutes of Pleasure that clocked in at under 5 minutes, casual sexist mentions.) A conflicted 3/5

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Wed Mar 16 2022
3

I like this much more than I expected. There's some filler, but the combination of beats, samples and lyrics often works extremely well.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

Not a big rap guy so it's always hard to judge a genre I don't really enjoy. Still this had good beats. Wasn't always a huge fan of the lyrics, but the production was good although it suffers from that 90s era run-time length. It didn't need to be 60

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Thu Mar 31 2022
3

Wasn't sure at first, didn't sound like anything special but I was enjoying it by the end, got some funky fresh sounds. LL Cool Jay did a rap with Elmo on Sesame Street once.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
3

I actually got really into this by the end - and I enjoyed the variations of the samples. Fun and funkayy!

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Thu Mar 31 2022
3

This is tricky to rate... I love Around the Way Girl love the beats love the energy in general and the samples. Howeverrrr I don't like the aggressive masculinity or the fact that that was so acceptable in the 90s. Hm I'll have to go in the middle I think but it's a shame because I feel super strongly on both negative and positive sides!

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Mon Apr 04 2022
3

When it's good (Opener, title track, anywhere he's trying to start a fight) it's great, but there is a lot of filler on here. It's probably the first real attempt to make rap pop. Half the album goes from good to brilliant, but there's also some overlong attempts at romance or comedy, neither of which land particularly well. But again, at its height it's ace.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
3

Hip hop

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Fri Apr 15 2022
3

No es malo, realmente no es malo... pero yo no soy de hip hop, ni rap. Me gustó pero solo eso

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Wed Apr 20 2022
3

Beatovi jebeni i sve to, al iskreno mi je malo dosadno bilo.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
3

Dobar je al se ne bi nikad vratila na njega. Mama said knock you out je klasik pjesma.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
3

This was so edgy when it came out. Now it sounds like hip hop with training wheels on. It's so innocent, it's cute. The production still sounds great, and the title track still kicks ass.

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Thu May 05 2022
3

Dude was hungry while writing this album. Food references dropped everywhere

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Thu May 05 2022
3

Only really heard the title song before. Meh. He's a better actor.

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Thu May 12 2022
3

C'est OK. Les beats sont nices, mais overall c'est un peu cheezy

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Wed May 18 2022
3

Ladies Love Cool James but I thought this was only ok. 90s rap gets pretty samey after a while. Ofc Mama Said Knock You Out is great

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Wed May 18 2022
3

I don't really care for rap, but I do like LL Cool J. And I love the hook of the title track.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

title track a banger. the rest not so much.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
3

LL Cool J kind of makes me giggle. I think it is something about his ?sexy? smile. Anyways, the album was fine but maybe not the most engaging. I mean, I found myself really wanting to skip to the end of some of the tracks, once I got the hang of how they sounded.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

3.5/5

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Thu Jun 30 2022
3

A few classics. Mama said knock you out is top notch.

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Sun Jul 03 2022
3

écouté d'une oreille

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Thu Jul 14 2022
3

90s hip-hop is just such a vibe. I've gotta be in the mood but when I am nothing else scratches the itch. Lyrically I'm kind of lukewarm on this album by and large but his flow and the beats are on point.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
3

Better than I was expecting.

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Sun Jul 17 2022
3

He sounds "hard and funny" and raps about "crass materialism" and "life's simple pleasures". Okay... (5/10) FT: Mama Said Knock You Out, Around the Way Girl

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Thu Jul 21 2022
3

Rapsy, ale takie lepsze

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

Album is pretty good, but it was good to learn about LL Cool J's early career.

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Sun Jul 31 2022
3

I like it, chill rap vibes decent lyrics and songs

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

Bailed out of the first listen. Came back the following day to give it another crack, and it's actually pretty smooth. I didn't like the album too much, but it isn't bad and came away with some songs saved to the playlist. Guess stuff like this is what the generator is about.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

I didn't know my earphones had such good bass. The album is just OK.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
3

Historical artefact this, from I guess when major labels still wanted rappers to produce MTV-friendly fodder rather than controversy. LL is an engaging enough presence, but NWA were about to blow this kind of rap completely away. Only one track with an explicit warning! Bless.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

Slick.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

Lyrics didnt age well, beats were cool

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

Decent early rap release, but doesn't reach the heights of some of his contemporaries, like Tribe, De La Soul or Eric B & Rakim.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

early 90's rap had great beats and nice mixing. LL was not bad as well. good stuff

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Mon Sep 12 2022
3

Leuk werk met ritme. Ga nu niet nog 'ns luisteren ofzo

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

Outside of the title track this album suffers from being a little corny. There are a few gems throughout this but otherwise it just doesn’t work that well.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

This album is the exact definition of a 3 stars. Tracks are not bad, not solid, just enough to be good and enjoyable. Not a masterpiece, not a bad album. In fact, I have nothing to say about it, positive or negative.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

Nice old school hiphop but not a masterpiece neither

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

Good old school hip hop that gets kind of samey as the album unfolds.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

If you're in the mood for some rap then this is a good a place as any to listen to some

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

This album dates from the middle of my high school days, but I was too busy listening to God knows what (although this was also my Bangles phase, which I don't regret in the slightest). So besides the title track, I hadn't heard any of this album. "Second wave" rap like this - after the early pioneers ("Rapper's Delight", anyone?) but before rap took its hard "East Coast vs. West Coast" turn later in the 90s still really shows its roots as improvised street poetry from the Bronx. I mean, you still get lines like "your rhymes are so cheesy, you found them in a mousetrap", which would be unthinkable coming from Biggie or Tupac. It didn't take itself so seriously, but at the same time being serious. So while I don't LIKE most rap, I definitely RESPECT rap as an art form - I mean, the Illiad and Beowulf were basically "rapped" for hundreds of years before they were written down in their final form - as bards improvised their lyrical rhymes to tell the story. This stuff has a LONG history. So, because the day was so busy, I ended up listening to this in the car with the kids - as Claire aptly put it, "I don't know if I like this, or hate it" - agreed. I don't think I'll be pulling this up, but like Alex said, "it make sense that this would be on the 1001 list".

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

Good

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

Some bangers on here, overall nothing too thrilling to me though. 3.5 rounded down.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

Helt bra men för långt

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Thu Nov 17 2022
3

A few really good tracks, and a lot of bloat. Nothing here really astounded me, but it certainly wasn't a bad or unpleasant experience. That cereal track was so stupid, it wrapped back around to hilarious though.

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Wed Dec 07 2022
3

Gangsta rap may have been conquering the charts, but a few lighter efforts like this one managed to slip by. LL sounds like he’s having fun, and the beats are mostly decent, but there are too many misogynistic and clunky lyrics to call this a truly classic album.

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Wed Sep 30 2020
2

Hasn’t stood the test of time. Boring by numbers hip hop. I remember it as better than it sounds now

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Mon Oct 12 2020
2

Not for me

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Thu Oct 01 2020
2

1990. Key Songs: Mama Said Knock You Out

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Wed May 05 2021
2

I mean it's FINE, but I'd like to take a break from 90's Hip-Hop...

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Thu Feb 04 2021
2

nice...

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

Amazing that this is what rap was. Bass, drums, one did who I can understand

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Fri Jul 02 2021
2

Not terrible, just really not my thing.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
2

Sorry, musste wieder weirden Metal peitschen.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

Didn't do much for me. Title track slaps. Neat to hear where "RTJ" comes from. The beats sound like they would be background beats for every alt 90s/early00s tv show/movie. In other words, I bet Spike Lee loves this album

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Wed Feb 03 2021
2

I don't like the style of the bases at all. Very old school rap

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Fri Feb 19 2021
2

El rap mai m'ha atret. Quan he vist que em tocava escoltar un altre disc d'aquest estil, m'hi he resistit. Finalment, però, l'escolta ha resultat més refrescant del que esperava. M'ha agradat la producció, les línies de baix, els samplers. En alguna ocasió m'ha fet pensar en els Red Hot Chili Peppers... És un disc de rap força tranquil, molt més soul que per exemple el dels Public Enemy. No aconseguirà que em capbussi en el rap, però he de reconèixer que no m'ha desgradat del tot.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
2

4/10, was much too long. Milky Cereal was pretty funny, and generally liked the bits where the lyrics were just dumb jokes, which was most of it. But, it wasn't funny enough or interesting enough to work for a whole hour. I don't know that I agree with the reviewer here who thinks LL Cool J played Warhammer in high school, but I'll bet he at least did all the assigned readings in English class, like even when they were Jane Austen.

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Sun May 30 2021
2

Pakko tunnustaa, että vähän negatiivisella asenteella lähdin kuuntelemaan, joten saattoi olla hankalaa sitten vaihtaa sitä ennakkokäsitystä. Sinänsä leppoisaa flowta, mutta ei kovin mukaansatempaavaa. Ja se funkin ja laulelun määrä meni vähän yli. Teemana vähän pehmeämpää kuin monet muut listan gangsta-suuntauksen levyt. Levyn kohokohta oli sanonta "Wouldn't bust a grape in a fruit fight". Olen luullut että se on Jay-Z:n oma läppä 99 Problems -biisistä (2004), mutta näköjään se on löytynyt jo tältä 1990 julkaistulta levyltä.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
2

Niet voor mij; behalve het refrein van zijn hitje vind ik er weinig aan.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
2

Tja, niet echt stoer, beetje Will Smith-achtig. Ik was er snel klaar mee

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Thu Feb 25 2021
2

Ja ne gibt deutlich besseres aus der Era

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Fri May 07 2021
2

Ladies love Cool James, but Josh isn't the biggest fan. Some catchy tracks, but a little too sexy for my sexless sensibilities.

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Mon May 03 2021
2

(C)rap

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Mon May 03 2021
2

Great MC with very average lyrics and music - very dated even in 1990

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Sun Mar 07 2021
2

Bit of a struggle to get through the whole of this whopper. Enjoyed some of the tracks, beats and the odd line but it didn't grab me.

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