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Exit 13 (Bonus Edition)

LL Cool J

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Wrapped in what is possibly the most prog rock sleeve design in hip-hop history, Exit 13 marks LL Cool J's departure from Def Jam, the pioneering label the MC helped build. It begins with the blustery and overblown "It's Time for War," an embittered reclamation where he sounds more like he's shooing kids off his lawn than reigning over his territory. There are a couple tracks where LL sounds as on fire as ever, usually when his targets are specific rather than general, as on "You Better Watch Me" and "This Is Ring Tone M..." But the album's tone tilts toward the reactionary in its clear desire to sound just like a standard 2008 mainstream rap album, with unnecessary references to Petron and Cognac and in-your-face evidence that LL really wants you to know he's not behind the times: "Let's take our clothes off, bombs away/Pick a song -- Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, or Ray-J." Head-scratching career low points are more common than highlights, from the horndog patriotism of "American Girl" ("I'm so glad the French helped us out/Now you're free to walk around and let your cleavage bounce"; "You go, girl, you make me wanna holler/I'll take George off and put your boobs on the dollar") to the sub-50 Cent "Come and Party with Me." Out with a whimper, not a bang, Exit 13 is an off-ramp leading to a boulevard of several mismanaged White Castle knock-offs.
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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1
It's Time For War (Album Version (Explicit))
LL Cool J
00:05:06

James Todd Smith, ComposerLyricist - Larry Gold, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Elvis Aponte, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Glen Marchese, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Chestek, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Clauss, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LL Cool J, MainArtist - Michael Makowski, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Stahl, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Montez Roberts, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Cartisano, ComposerLyricist - Ray Burghardt, ComposerLyricist - Jarrid Mendelson, ComposerLyricist - Mike Jarosz, Unknown, Other - Sabrina Jacob, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Suits & Ray Burghardt, Producer

℗ 2008 The Island Def Jam Music Group

2
Old School New School (Album Version (Explicit))
LL Cool J
00:03:40

James Todd Smith, ComposerLyricist - Glen Marchese, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ryan Leslie, Producer, ComposerLyricist - LL Cool J, MainArtist - Starr Blackshere, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Rich Torres, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2008 The Island Def Jam Music Group

3
Feel My Heart Beat (Album Version (Explicit))
LL Cool J
00:03:20

James Todd Smith, ComposerLyricist - Curtis Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Mark Curry, ComposerLyricist - Brian Stanley, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kenton Nix, ComposerLyricist - LL Cool J, MainArtist - 50 Cent, FeaturedArtist - Ky Miller, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Donald Woolfolk, ComposerLyricist - Kaplan Kaye, ComposerLyricist - The Dream Team, Producer

℗ 2008 The Island Def Jam Music Group

4
Get Over Here (Album Version (Explicit))
LL Cool J
00:05:48

James Todd Smith, ComposerLyricist - Dan The Man, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glen Marchese, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LL Cool J, MainArtist - Lyrikal, FeaturedArtist - Absolut, Producer - It's Ya Girl Nicolette, FeaturedArtist - Jiz, FeaturedArtist - Ticky Diamondz, FeaturedArtist - Alfredo Rivera, ComposerLyricist - Shaune Muir, ComposerLyricist - Josh Horn, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Frado, Producer

℗ 2008 The Island Def Jam Music Group

5
Baby (Album Version (Explicit))
LL Cool J
00:04:01

Christopher Stewart, ComposerLyricist - Terius Nash, ComposerLyricist - James Todd Smith, ComposerLyricist - Jaycen Joshua, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glen Marchese, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Pensado, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Wuepper, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - C. "tricky" Stewart, Producer - Pat Thrall, Unknown, Other - LL Cool J, MainArtist - The-Dream, FeaturedArtist - Terius "The-Dream" Nash, Producer - Brian "B-Luv" Thomas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2008 The Island Def Jam Music Group

6
You Better Watch Me (Album Version (Explicit))
LL Cool J
00:04:19

James Todd Smith, ComposerLyricist - Marlon Williams, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Aponte, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glen Marchese, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Rio, ComposerLyricist - LL Cool J, MainArtist - Vincent Davis, ComposerLyricist - Marly Marl, Producer - Joel Roper, ComposerLyricist - Marlon Williams Jr., Producer, Additional Producer - Mari Koda, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2008 The Island Def Jam Music Group

7
Cry (Album Version (Explicit))
LIL' MO
00:04:14

Kenneth Gamble, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Atkins, ComposerLyricist - James Todd Smith, ComposerLyricist - Cynthia Loving, ComposerLyricist - Irving Lorenzo, ComposerLyricist - Bunny Sigler, ComposerLyricist - Brian Stanley, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LIL' MO, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - LEON HUFF, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Palazzole, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - LL Cool J, MainArtist - Robert Mays, ComposerLyricist - Andreas Dombrowski, ComposerLyricist - Darlisa Blackshere, ComposerLyricist - Starr Blackshere, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Raw Uncut, Producer

℗ 2008 The Island Def Jam Music Group

8
Baby ("Rock Remix" Album Version (Explicit))
LL Cool J
00:03:07

James Todd Smith, ComposerLyricist - Larry Gold, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Glen Marchese, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richie Sambora, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Jeff Chestek, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Clauss, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LL Cool J, MainArtist - John Stahl, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Cartisano, ComposerLyricist - Ray Burghardt, ComposerLyricist - Suits, Producer - Mike Jarosz, Unknown, Other

℗ 2008 The Island Def Jam Music Group

9
Rocking With The G.O.A.T. (Album Version (Explicit))
LL Cool J
00:03:43

George Spivey, ComposerLyricist - J.T. Smith, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Aponte, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glen Marchese, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LL Cool J, MainArtist - DJ Scratch, Producer

℗ 2008 The Island Def Jam Music Group

10
Ringtone M... (Album Version (Explicit))
LL Cool J
00:02:51

James Todd Smith, ComposerLyricist - George Spivey, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Aponte, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Glen Marchese, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anthony Palazzole, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Clauss, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LL Cool J, MainArtist - Curtis Brown, ComposerLyricist - DJ Scratch, Producer - Grandmaster Caz, FeaturedArtist

℗ 2008 The Island Def Jam Music Group

11
Like A Radio (Album Version (Explicit))
LL Cool J
00:03:34

James Todd Smith, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Aponte, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Glen Marchese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ryan Leslie, Producer, Recording Engineer, FeaturedArtist, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - LL Cool J, MainArtist - Rich Torres, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2008 The Island Def Jam Music Group

12
I Fall In Love (Album Version (Explicit))
LL Cool J
00:03:57

James Todd Smith, ComposerLyricist - Larry Gold, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Elvis Aponte, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glen Marchese, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Chestek, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Clauss, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Elan Rivera, ComposerLyricist - LL Cool J, MainArtist - John Stahl, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Montez Roberts, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Cartisano, ComposerLyricist - Ray Burghardt, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Suits, Producer - Elan of the DEY, FeaturedArtist - Darlisa Blackshere, ComposerLyricist - Starr Blackshere, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Jarosz, Unknown, Other

℗ 2008 The Island Def Jam Music Group

13
Ur Only A Customer (Album Version (Explicit))
LL Cool J
00:02:18

James Todd Smith, ComposerLyricist - John Whitehead, ComposerLyricist - Gene McFadden, ComposerLyricist - Damon Blackmon, ComposerLyricist - Brian Stanley, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - LL Cool J, MainArtist - Ky Miller, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jerry Cohen, ComposerLyricist - Dame Grease, Producer

℗ 2008 The Island Def Jam Music Group

14
Mr. President (Album Version (Explicit))
LL Cool J
00:04:35

James Todd Smith, ComposerLyricist - Larry Gold, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Glen Marchese, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anthony Palazzole, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - WYCLEF JEAN, FeaturedArtist - Jeff Chestek, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Clauss, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LL Cool J, MainArtist - Michael Makowski, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Stahl, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Montez Roberts, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Cartisano, ComposerLyricist - Ray Burghardt, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Suits, Producer - Darlisa Blackshere, ComposerLyricist - Starr Blackshere, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Jarosz, Unknown, Other - Sabrina Jacob, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2008 The Island Def Jam Music Group

15
American Girl (Album Version (Explicit))
LL Cool J
00:04:25

James Todd Smith, ComposerLyricist - Larry Gold, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Jed Cappelli, ComposerLyricist - Matthew Friedman, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Aponte, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glen Marchese, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Chestek, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Clauss, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LL Cool J, MainArtist - John Stahl, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Montez Roberts, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Starr Blackshere, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - ILLFONICS, Producer - Mike Jarosz, Unknown, Other

℗ 2008 The Island Def Jam Music Group

16
Speedin On Da Highway/Exit 13 (Album Version (Explicit))
LL Cool J
00:04:48

James Todd Smith, ComposerLyricist - Larry Gold, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Glen Marchese, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anthony Palazzole, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Chestek, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Clauss, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LL Cool J, MainArtist - Michael Makowski, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Funkmaster Flex, FeaturedArtist - John Stahl, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Cartisano, ComposerLyricist - Ray Burghardt, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Suits, Producer - Mike Jarosz, Unknown, Other - Sabrina Jacob, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2008 The Island Def Jam Music Group

17
Come And Party With Me (Album Version (Explicit))
LL Cool J
00:04:36

James Todd Smith, ComposerLyricist - Sean Jacobs, ComposerLyricist - Joseph Cartagena, ComposerLyricist - Jed Cappelli, ComposerLyricist - Matthew Friedman, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Aponte, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Fat Joe, FeaturedArtist - Glen Marchese, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anthony Palazzole, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Clauss, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LL Cool J, MainArtist - Michael Makowski, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sheek Louch, FeaturedArtist - Starr Blackshere, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - ILLFONICS, Producer - Sabrina Jacob, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2008 The Island Def Jam Music Group

18
We Rollin' (Album Version (Explicit))
LL Cool J
00:03:01

James Todd Smith, ComposerLyricist - Willie Clarke, ComposerLyricist - Brian Stanley, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Clarence Reid, ComposerLyricist - LL Cool J, MainArtist - Ky Miller, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Quentin Staples, ComposerLyricist - Cue Beats, Producer

℗ 2008 The Island Def Jam Music Group

19
Dear Hip Hop (Album Version (Explicit))
Larry Gold
00:04:26

James Todd Smith, ComposerLyricist - Marlon Williams, ComposerLyricist - Larry Gold, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Shawn Moltke, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Aponte, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Infamous, Additional Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Bristol, ComposerLyricist - Glen Marchese, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anthony Palazzole, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Chestek, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Clauss, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LL Cool J, MainArtist - Michael Makowski, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Stahl, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Montez Roberts, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Doris McNeil, ComposerLyricist - Nicholas Warwar, ComposerLyricist - DJ Scratch, Unknown, Other - STREETRUNNER, Producer - Mike Jarosz, Unknown, Other - Sabrina Jacob, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2008 The Island Def Jam Music Group

20
New York, New York (Bonus Track (Explicit))
LL Cool J
00:00:18

Elvis Aponte, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Glen Marchese, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Chestek, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Kander, Composer - Fred Ebb, Author - LL Cool J, MainArtist - Suits & Ray Burghardt, Producer

℗ 2008 The Island Def Jam Music Group

21
New York (Bonus Track (Explicit))
LL Cool J
00:03:38

James Todd Smith, ComposerLyricist - Larry Gold, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Aponte, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Glen Marchese, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Chestek, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Desalvo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Clauss, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LL Cool J, MainArtist - John Stahl, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Montez Roberts, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Cartisano, ComposerLyricist - Ray Burghardt, ComposerLyricist - Suits & Ray Burghardt, Producer

℗ 2008 The Island Def Jam Music Group

Album Description

Wrapped in what is possibly the most prog rock sleeve design in hip-hop history, Exit 13 marks LL Cool J's departure from Def Jam, the pioneering label the MC helped build. It begins with the blustery and overblown "It's Time for War," an embittered reclamation where he sounds more like he's shooing kids off his lawn than reigning over his territory. There are a couple tracks where LL sounds as on fire as ever, usually when his targets are specific rather than general, as on "You Better Watch Me" and "This Is Ring Tone M..." But the album's tone tilts toward the reactionary in its clear desire to sound just like a standard 2008 mainstream rap album, with unnecessary references to Petron and Cognac and in-your-face evidence that LL really wants you to know he's not behind the times: "Let's take our clothes off, bombs away/Pick a song -- Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, or Ray-J." Head-scratching career low points are more common than highlights, from the horndog patriotism of "American Girl" ("I'm so glad the French helped us out/Now you're free to walk around and let your cleavage bounce"; "You go, girl, you make me wanna holler/I'll take George off and put your boobs on the dollar") to the sub-50 Cent "Come and Party with Me." Out with a whimper, not a bang, Exit 13 is an off-ramp leading to a boulevard of several mismanaged White Castle knock-offs.
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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