*LL Cool J has nothing more to prove.
Over a career that spans roughly three decades (yes, he’s that old), LL has managed to conquer just about every mountain in hip-hop, and then some.
Since there is a word limit to this story, it would be imprudent to take inventory of LL’s career. That would require several pages of space, and we keep it brief here at EURweb.
However, it would be criminal not to make note of the Grammy award winning rapper’s longevity and continued success in the genre.
Granted, his latest album “Authentic” was released to little mainstream fanfare and to date has only sold about 26,000 copies.
But do we really need to hop in “Doc” Brown’s DeLorean for a trip down memory lane?
LL Cool J has produced more knockout hits than “Iron Mike” in his prime.
But platinum albums aside, LL simply makes good music, and has for a very, VERY long time.
This qualifies him to judge the new school, and apparently Uncle L aint too impressed.
During a recent interview with The Urban Daily, LL opened up about how fans are reacting to his tour, the mixed reviews he’s getting about his album and how the game has changed since he got his start as a 16-year-old track suit wearing kid from Farmers Blvd.
The Urban Daily: How’s your “King of the Mic” tour featuring Ice Cube, De La Soul, and Public Enemy going?
LL Cool J: It’s going real good. It’s so exciting being back on the road. The response from the people is so crazy. I mean, it’s unbelievable. If you go on my Facebook, you can see the pictures. Like, I got the pictures to document it. I’m not just saying it. It’s unbelievable! It’s crazy!
TUD: What has been the response to your latest album “Authentic”?
LL: The response is mixed. The people who are a little more progressive and into actual art, for real, love it. The people who just want pure street, gutter music, aren’t in love with it. It’s just not on their wavelength. But that’s to be expected. You gotta do what you love to do and you gotta be willing to challenge your audience. I promise you they may not get it now, but some of them three, four, five years from now will get it. I promise you, you’ll hear other rap artists imitating what I did. Maybe they’ll dumb it down or do it in a way that people can relate to and then people will get it. And that’s all the art is for. I’m not making music for a living. I’m making music for the love. So I feel good about it.
TUD: If you weren’t LL Cool J, never became a rapper and were just regular James Todd Smith chilling on the couch, what rappers out now would make you want to be a rapper?
LL: There is not a rapper in this game that would make me want to rap right now. [laughs]
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