Every LL Cool J Album Ranked, Worst to Best

Over his 30-year-long profession, LL Cool J (nee James Todd Smith) put Def Jam on his again and helped outline what a rapper seems to be like — each in character and longevity within the rap recreation. We've ranked all of his albums within the gallery beneath, from worst to finest.

Taking his cues from fellow Queens rappers Run-DMC, he turned the personification of a B-boy together with his Kangol hats, dookie gold jewellery, Troop jackets and matching sneakers. In 1985, LL made his mark with Radio, delivering bombastic rhymes over Rick Rubin's productions utilizing a sampler and the TR-808 drum machine. It wasn't till Bigger and Deffer (aka BAD), that Uncle L rose in reputation confirmed followers his susceptible aspect with the basic rap ballad, "I Need Love."

LL has had some ups and downs in his distinguished profession, however by means of all of it, he has been capable of bounce again, which additionally makes him essentially the most resilient MC within the recreation. Albums like Mama Said Knock You Out, Mr. Smith and The DEFinition all got here out at a time when critics questioned LL's relevance in rap. In each occasion, the rap veteran proved the naysayers incorrect and confirmed that he's not prepared for retirement simply but.

In honor of Uncle L's historic rap profession, the Boombox took a have a look at his expansive discography and ranked his studio albums from worst to finest. It goes with out saying that LL Cool J is the G.O.A.T. ("Greatest of All Time") in hip-hop and, sure, he's nonetheless larger and deffer than your favourite rapper.