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LL Cool J|Mama Said Knock You Out (Deluxe Edition)

Mama Said Knock You Out (Deluxe Edition)

LL Cool J

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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 album ever. Part of the credit is due to producer Marley Marl, whose thumping, bass-heavy sound helps LL reclaim the aggression of his early days. Mama Said Knock You Out isn't quite as hard as Radio, instead striking a balance between attitude and accessibility. But its greater variety and more layered arrangements make it LL's most listenable album, as well as keeping it in line with more contemporary sensibilities. Marl's productions on the slower tracks are smooth and soulful, but still funky; as a result, the ladies'-man side of LL's persona is the most convincing it's ever been, and his ballads don't feel sappy for arguably the first time on record. Even apart from the sympathetic musical settings, LL is at his most lyrically acrobatic, and the testosterone-fueled anthems are delivered with a force not often heard since his debut. The album's hits are a microcosm of its range -- "The Boomin' System" is a nod to bass-loving b-boys with car stereos; "Around the Way Girl" is a lush, winning ballad; and the title cut is one of the most blistering statements of purpose in hip-hop. It leaves no doubt that Mama Said Knock You Out was intended to be a tour de force, to regain LL Cool J's credibility while proving that he was still one of rap's most singular talents. It succeeded mightily, making him an across-the-board superstar and cementing his status as a rap icon beyond any doubt.
© Steve Huey /TiVo

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1
The Boomin' System
00:03:40

David Kennedy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marley Marl, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Karras, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LL Cool J, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Ivan "Doc" Rodriguez, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marlon Lu' Ree Williams, ComposerLyricist - Everette, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - DJ Clash, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1990 The Island Def Jam Music Group

2
Around The Way Girl
00:04:06

David Kennedy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Todd Smith, ComposerLyricist - Marlon Williams, ComposerLyricist - Marley Marl, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Karras, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LL Cool J, Producer, Co-Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ivan "Doc" Rodriguez, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - DJ Clash, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1990 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Eat Em Up L Chill
00:04:36

Marley Marl, Producer - LL Cool J, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Marlon Lu' Ree Williams, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1990 The Island Def Jam Music Group

4
Mr. Good Bar
00:03:41

Marley Marl, Producer - LL Cool J, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Marlon Lu' Ree Williams, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1990 The Island Def Jam Music Group

5
Murdergram
00:03:52

Marley Marl, Producer - M. WILLIAMS, ComposerLyricist - LL Cool J, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1990 The Island Def Jam Music Group

6
Cheesy Rat Blues
00:05:05

Marley Marl, Producer - M. WILLIAMS, ComposerLyricist - LL Cool J, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1990 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Farmers Blvd. (Our Anthem)
00:04:25

Marley Marl, Producer - M. WILLIAMS, ComposerLyricist - LL Cool J, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1990 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Mama Said Knock You Out
00:04:49

David Kennedy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marlon Williams, ComposerLyricist - Marley Marl, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Karras, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LL Cool J, Producer, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ivan "Doc" Rodriguez, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Mccants, ComposerLyricist - Leroy Mccants, ComposerLyricist - Bob Erwin, ComposerLyricist - Everette, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - DJ Clash, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Ervin, Producer, Assistant Producer

℗ 1990 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Milky Cereal
00:03:53

Marley Marl, Producer - M. WILLIAMS, ComposerLyricist - LL Cool J, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1990 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Jingling Baby (Remixed But Still Jingling) (Remix)
00:04:55

Dwayne Simon, ComposerLyricist - Marley Marl, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - LL Cool J, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Brian Latture, ComposerLyricist - D. Coffey, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1990 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
To Da Break Of Dawn
00:04:32

James Todd Smith, ComposerLyricist - Marlon Williams, ComposerLyricist - Marley Marl, Producer - LL Cool J, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1990 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
6 Minutes Of Pleasure
00:04:33

Marley Marl, Producer - M. WILLIAMS, ComposerLyricist - LL Cool J, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1990 UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Illegal Search
00:04:31

Marley Marl, Producer - M. WILLIAMS, ComposerLyricist - LL Cool J, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1990 UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
The Power Of God
00:04:20

M. WILLIAMS, ComposerLyricist - LL Cool J, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1990 UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 2

1
Mama Said Knock You Out (12" Remix)
00:06:20

Marlon Williams, ComposerLyricist - Marley Marl, Producer - LL Cool J, Producer, MainArtist - James Mccants, ComposerLyricist - Leroy Mccants, ComposerLyricist - Bob Erwin, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2014 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Mama Said Knock You Out (Hot Mix - Long)
00:04:35

Marlon Williams, ComposerLyricist - Bobby "Bobcat" Ervin, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Marley Marl, Producer - LL Cool J, Producer, MainArtist - James Mccants, ComposerLyricist - Leroy Mccants, ComposerLyricist - Bob Erwin, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Mama Said Knock You Out (7 A.M. Mix)
00:04:38

Marlon Williams, ComposerLyricist - Marley Marl, Producer, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - LL Cool J, Producer, MainArtist - James Mccants, ComposerLyricist - Leroy Mccants, ComposerLyricist - Bob Erwin, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1990 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Mama Said Knock You Out (For Steering Pleasure)
00:04:48

Marlon Williams, ComposerLyricist - Marley Marl, Producer, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - LL Cool J, Producer, MainArtist - James Mccants, ComposerLyricist - Leroy Mccants, ComposerLyricist - Bob Erwin, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1990 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Around The Way Girl (Untouchables Remix)
00:04:45

James Todd Smith, ComposerLyricist - Marlon Williams, ComposerLyricist - Marley Marl, Producer - The Untouchables, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - LL Cool J, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1990 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Around The Way Girl (Crypt 12" Remix)
00:04:48

James Todd Smith, ComposerLyricist - Marlon Williams, ComposerLyricist - Marley Marl, Producer - LL Cool J, Producer, MainArtist - Crypt, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1991 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Around The Way Girl (Jerv's 12" Rub Mix)
00:04:46

James Todd Smith, ComposerLyricist - Marlon Williams, ComposerLyricist - Marley Marl, Producer - LL Cool J, Producer, MainArtist - The Outfit, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1991 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Around The Way Girl (Marley Rub)
00:04:52

James Todd Smith, ComposerLyricist - Marlon Williams, ComposerLyricist - Marley Marl, Producer - LL Cool J, Producer, MainArtist - The Outfit, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1991 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
To Da Break Of Dawn (Remix)
00:05:31

James Todd Smith, ComposerLyricist - Marlon Williams, ComposerLyricist - Marley Marl, Producer, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - LL Cool J, Producer, Remixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1990 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
To Da Break Of Dawn (Bug Out Mix)
00:04:28

James Todd Smith, ComposerLyricist - Marlon Williams, ComposerLyricist - Marley Marl, Producer, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - LL Cool J, Remixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1990 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
6 Minutes Of Pleasure (Hey Girl Remix)
00:04:35

Marley Marl, Producer, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - M. WILLIAMS, ComposerLyricist - LL Cool J, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2014 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
The Boomin' System (The Underground Mix)
00:04:24

Marley Marl, Producer - LL Cool J, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Marlon Lu' Ree Williams, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2014 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Eat Em Up L Chill (Chill Remix)
00:05:04

Marley Marl, Producer, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - LL Cool J, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Marlon Lu' Ree Williams, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2014 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Strictly Business (Strictly Business / Soundtrack Version)
00:04:11

James Todd Smith, ComposerLyricist - Marlon Williams, ComposerLyricist - LL Cool J, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist - Marly Marl, Producer

℗ 1991 Geffen Records

Album Description

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 album ever. Part of the credit is due to producer Marley Marl, whose thumping, bass-heavy sound helps LL reclaim the aggression of his early days. Mama Said Knock You Out isn't quite as hard as Radio, instead striking a balance between attitude and accessibility. But its greater variety and more layered arrangements make it LL's most listenable album, as well as keeping it in line with more contemporary sensibilities. Marl's productions on the slower tracks are smooth and soulful, but still funky; as a result, the ladies'-man side of LL's persona is the most convincing it's ever been, and his ballads don't feel sappy for arguably the first time on record. Even apart from the sympathetic musical settings, LL is at his most lyrically acrobatic, and the testosterone-fueled anthems are delivered with a force not often heard since his debut. The album's hits are a microcosm of its range -- "The Boomin' System" is a nod to bass-loving b-boys with car stereos; "Around the Way Girl" is a lush, winning ballad; and the title cut is one of the most blistering statements of purpose in hip-hop. It leaves no doubt that Mama Said Knock You Out was intended to be a tour de force, to regain LL Cool J's credibility while proving that he was still one of rap's most singular talents. It succeeded mightily, making him an across-the-board superstar and cementing his status as a rap icon beyond any doubt.
© Steve Huey /TiVo

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