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LL Cool J|Mr. Smith (Deluxe Edition)

Mr. Smith (Deluxe Edition)

LL Cool J

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On the strength of the slow-burning Boyz II Men duet "Hey Lover," LL Cool J returned to the top of the charts with Mr. Smith, meaning the album is somewhat of a comeback for the veteran rapper. LL Cool J's skills had never deserted him, but his previous album, 14 Shots to the Dome, was an exercise in hardcore that only worked in fits and spurts. There are a couple of hard moments on Mr. Smith, but the album is at its most successful when he concentrates on his seductive, romantic side. LL has gotten a bit dirtier since the teenage days of "I Need Love," but he never steps over into the explicit, lewd come-ons of R. Kelly, preferring to suggest everything with a series of double entendres, metaphors, and analogies. Mr. Smith isn't a perfect record -- there are too many slack moments for it to qualify as one of his best -- but it proves that LL Cool J remained vital a decade after his debut.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
The Intro (Skit)
LL Cool J
00:01:34

PAUL LANI, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LL Cool J, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Track Masters, Unknown, Other - Rich Travali, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Samuel J. "Tone" Barnes, Producer - Jean-Claude "Poke" Olivier, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1995 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Make It Hot
LL Cool J
00:04:32

Etterlene Jordan, ComposerLyricist - Eldra DeBarge, ComposerLyricist - William DeBarge, ComposerLyricist - PAUL LANI, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LL Cool J, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Track Masters, Unknown, Other - Rich Travali, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Samuel J. "Tone" Barnes, Producer - Jean-Claude "Poke" Olivier, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1995 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Hip Hop
LL Cool J
00:05:00

S. Barnes, ComposerLyricist - TERRY LEWIS, ComposerLyricist - JAMES HARRIS, ComposerLyricist - PAUL LANI, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LL Cool J, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - J. Nicholas, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Track Masters, Unknown, Other - Rich Travali, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Samuel J. "Tone" Barnes, Producer - Jean-Claude "Poke" Olivier, Producer

℗ 1995 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Hey Lover
LL Cool J
00:04:45

Tone, Producer - Rod Temperton, ComposerLyricist - LL Cool J, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Boyz II Men, FeaturedArtist - Track Masters, Unknown, Other - Rich Travali, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Miller, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jean-Claude "Poke" Olivier, Producer, Co-Producer - Jim "Jiff" Hinger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Lubrauna, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1995 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Doin' It
LeShaun
00:04:54

James Todd Smith, ComposerLyricist - Tony Smalios, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - LL Cool J, MainArtist - LeShaun, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Grace Jones, ComposerLyricist - Jerry Callender, ComposerLyricist - LeShaun Torreau, ComposerLyricist - Issac Wright, ComposerLyricist - Burton Rashad Smith, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1996 The Island Def Jam Music Group, Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International Division - a division of Universal Music GmbH

6
Life As...
LL Cool J
00:02:44

Easy Mo Bee, Producer - LL Cool J, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Harvey O. Moesant, ComposerLyricist - Mike Iverson, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1995 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
I Shot Ya
LL Cool J
00:03:51

Jean Claude Olivier, ComposerLyricist - James Todd Smith, ComposerLyricist - JAMES BROWN, ComposerLyricist - LL Cool J, MainArtist - J. Nicholas, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rich Travali, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Samuel J. "Tone" Barnes, Producer - Jean-Claude "Poke" Olivier, Producer - Lyn Collins, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1995 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Mr. Smith
LL Cool J
00:03:59

Hubert Laws, ComposerLyricist - C. PARKER, ComposerLyricist - LL Cool J, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Rich Travali, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Miller, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Chyskillz, Producer

℗ 1995 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
No Airplay
LL Cool J
00:05:43

Jerry Peters, ComposerLyricist - Maurice White, ComposerLyricist - LL Cool J, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Thomas, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Chad James "Dr. Ceuss" Elliott, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1995 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Loungin (Album Radio Edit)
LL Cool J
00:04:12

George Karras, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - LL Cool J, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Burton Rashad Smith, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1995 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Hollis To Hollywood
LL Cool J
00:03:59

S. Barnes, ComposerLyricist - Burt Bacharach, Composer - Hal David, Author - LL Cool J, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Rich Travali, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Miller, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Samuel J. "Tone" Barnes, Producer - Jean-Claude "Poke" Olivier, Producer

℗ 1995 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
God Bless
LL Cool J
00:03:48

JAMES BROWN, ComposerLyricist - Tony Smalios, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - LL Cool J, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Burton Rashad Smith, Producer, ComposerLyricist - J. Brown, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1995 UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Get The Drop On Em
LL Cool J
00:03:58

LL Cool J, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Rich Travali, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Miller, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Samuel J. "Tone" Barnes, Producer - Jean-Claude "Poke" Olivier, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1995 UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Prelude (Skit)
LL Cool J
00:00:30

LL Cool J, MainArtist - Rich Travali, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Samuel J. "Tone" Barnes, Producer - Jean-Claude "Poke" Olivier, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1995 UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
I Shot Ya (Remix)
LL Cool J
00:05:04

Jean Claude Olivier, ComposerLyricist - James Todd Smith, ComposerLyricist - Keith Murray, FeaturedArtist - JAMES BROWN, ComposerLyricist - Fat Joe, FeaturedArtist - Foxy Brown, FeaturedArtist - LL Cool J, MainArtist - J. Nicholas, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rich Travali, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Samuel J. "Tone" Barnes, Producer - Jean-Claude "Poke" Olivier, Producer - Lyn Collins, ComposerLyricist - Prodigy, FeaturedArtist

℗ 1995 UMG Recordings, Inc.

16
Doin' It (Unarmed Mix)
LL Cool J
00:04:06

James Todd Smith, ComposerLyricist - Tony Smalios, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - LL Cool J, MainArtist - Grace Jones, ComposerLyricist - Jerry Callender, ComposerLyricist - LeShaun Torreau, ComposerLyricist - Issac Wright, ComposerLyricist - Burton Rashad Smith, ComposerLyricist - Greena Jr., Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Statto, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1996 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

17
Hey Lover (Street Mix)
LL Cool J
00:04:05

Rod Temperton, ComposerLyricist - LL Cool J, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Boyz II Men, FeaturedArtist - Samuel J. "Tone" Barnes, Producer - Jean-Claude "Poke" Olivier, Producer

℗ 1996 The Island Def Jam Music Group

18
Loungin (Who Do Ya Luv) (Remix)
LL Cool J
00:03:49

Rashad Smith, Producer - Bernard Wright, ComposerLyricist - LL Cool J, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Lenny White, ComposerLyricist - Burton Rashad Smith, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1996 The Island Def Jam Music Group

19
Doin' It (Main Remix)
LeShaun
00:03:58

James Todd Smith, ComposerLyricist - Tony Smalios, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - LL Cool J, MainArtist - LeShaun, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Grace Jones, ComposerLyricist - Jerry Callender, ComposerLyricist - LeShaun Torreau, ComposerLyricist - Issac Wright, ComposerLyricist - Burton Rashad Smith, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1996 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

20
Papa Luv It
LL Cool J
00:04:56

Tyrone Fyffe, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Grover Washington, Jr., ComposerLyricist - J.T. Smith, ComposerLyricist - Brandon Barnes, ComposerLyricist - LL Cool J, Producer, MainArtist - BRIAN MCKNIGHT, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Thomas, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob "Bassy" Brockman, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1995 The Island Def Jam Music Group

21
Ain't Nobody
LL Cool J
00:04:37

Rashad Smith, Producer - LL Cool J, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David James Wolinsky, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1996 The Island Def Jam Music Group

22
Candyman
LL Cool J
00:03:56

LL Cool J, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Chad James "Dr. Ceuss" Elliott, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1994 The Island Def Jam Music Group

23
Summer Luv
LL Cool J
00:04:38

LL Cool J, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Burton Rashad Smith, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Rodriquez Mario F. Rigual, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1996 The Island Def Jam Music Group

Album Description

On the strength of the slow-burning Boyz II Men duet "Hey Lover," LL Cool J returned to the top of the charts with Mr. Smith, meaning the album is somewhat of a comeback for the veteran rapper. LL Cool J's skills had never deserted him, but his previous album, 14 Shots to the Dome, was an exercise in hardcore that only worked in fits and spurts. There are a couple of hard moments on Mr. Smith, but the album is at its most successful when he concentrates on his seductive, romantic side. LL has gotten a bit dirtier since the teenage days of "I Need Love," but he never steps over into the explicit, lewd come-ons of R. Kelly, preferring to suggest everything with a series of double entendres, metaphors, and analogies. Mr. Smith isn't a perfect record -- there are too many slack moments for it to qualify as one of his best -- but it proves that LL Cool J remained vital a decade after his debut.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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