Throwback Thursday: LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out


Fear Not! There will not be a repeat of last week’s cock up because alas Throwback Thursday is here!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything hip hop related so I thought it was about time I corrected that. This track is from probably one of the most underrated MC’s of all time. You mention LL Cool J to people these days and they will probably go ‘oh yeah that dude from NCIS L.A.’ Wrong! Well not totally because he is that dude from NCIS L.A, but way before that LL was one of the biggest rappers on the planet bar none. He was signed to legendary label Def Jam in the mid-late 80’s when they were running hip hop, his debut album is considered a classic by many (me included) and over the course of his career he has produced hit after hit.

Back in 91 though, his career was considered to be on the slide. ‘Walking With A Panther’ was just plain crap and everyone knew it. Radio seemed a long time ago. But LL fought back. The album ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’ is one of the greatest hip hop records of all time and happens to be one of my personal favourites. ’Round The Way Girl’ is a serious record off that album you people should definitely check that one out.

But the biggest record off that album was its title track. LL took charge of the beat and smashed it with an aggression that had been missed, there are shots at critics as well as Kool Moe Dee in there, and for me this shows LL at his finest.

So check this out… turns out that dude for NCIS can really rap!


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