Rap Recall Friday

Comin' atcha from 1991: a boxing-themed song about how a rapper will fuck you up without any boxing at all, which, unsurprisingly, is a hell of a lot better than a song about how Mike Tyson beat a rapper's 103-pound ass.

"Mama said knock you out" - LL Cool J

Mmm. Mmmmm.

Okay, the song:

The song itself isn't genius, but it's good for lifting or running, although LL is a contender for creepiest hip-hop "crying baby" loop, which he wins on account of Aaliyah's* being much less intrusive. The lyrics fall apart a little on the third verse--I always appreciate how rappers can mention gats and God in the same line without blinking--but he pulls it out with shots of his abs. The end totally makes it--LL Cool J can try to be tough, but women love his sense of humor (and he knows it), and he pulls it off in a much less doofy, Ritalin-deprived way than Will Smith. He's a lover, not a fighter.

Bonus Jam: "Going back to Cali" - a better video overall, this song purely showcases the Smooth Factor that made LL a household name (and that makes Old Spice sell like pancakes with maple-heroin syrup) and that he seems to be railing against in MSKYO. I venture to say that any woman would take both sides of him, plus whatever's in between.

* That video is worth it for the shit-tastic 3-fer of gross literal interpretation (a hawk? really?), tired choreography, and hamfisted movie-tie in, doubly terrible because the movie is Dr. Doolittle.


Anonymous said…
There's a reason that LL stands for Ladies Love! Mmmm mmmm MMM! He can eat crackers in my bed anytime...

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