Exit 13

Exit 13

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by LL Cool J
     
 

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Wrapped in what is possibly the most prog rock sleeve design in hip-hop history, Exit 13 marks LL Cool J's departure from Def Jam, the pioneering label the MC helped build. It begins with "It's Time for War," an embittered reclamation where he sounds more like he's shooing kids off his lawn than reigning over his territory. There are a couple tracks where LL

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Wrapped in what is possibly the most prog rock sleeve design in hip-hop history, Exit 13 marks LL Cool J's departure from Def Jam, the pioneering label the MC helped build. It begins with "It's Time for War," an embittered reclamation where he sounds more like he's shooing kids off his lawn than reigning over his territory. There are a couple tracks where LL sounds as on fire as ever, usually when his targets are specific rather than general, as on "You Better Watch Me" and "This Is Ring Tone M..." Still, the album's tone tilts toward the reactionary in its clear desire to sound just like a standard 2008 mainstream rap album, with unnecessary references to Petron and Cognac and in-your-face evidence that LL really wants you to know he's not behind the times.

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The 19-track set begins with the intro "It's Time for War," which finds him reconfirming his place in hip-hop history and addressing the naysayers. "It's okay if you call it a comeback / and let them know I'm ready for combat / tell those dumb motherf*ckers to fall back," he raps over bells and violins.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2008
Label:
Def Jam
UPC:
0602517753068
catalogNumber:
001150302

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

LL Cool J   Primary Artist
Davis A. Barnett   Viola
Larry Gold   Conductor
Charlene Holloway   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Paula Holloway   Choir, Chorus
Peter Nocella   Viola
Dana Paul   Piano,Rhythm Section
Greg Riley   Horn,Tenor Saxophone
Barbara Walker   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
DJ Scratch   scratching
Olga Konopelsky   Violin
Emma Kummrow   Violin
Igor Szwec   Violin
Gregory Teperman   Violin
Lil' Mo   Vocals
Monica Morrow   Leader
Teresa Williams   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Infamous   Keyboards
Scratch   scratching
Alexandra Leem   Viola
Jennie Lorenzo   Cello
Ghislaine Fleischmann   Violin
Mike A. Jarosz   Trumpet,Horn
David Nelson   Timpani
David Nelson (Dahveed Ben Israel)   Timpani
Louigi Mazzoechi   Violin
Mariko Koda   Background Vocals
Phil Arbogast   Horn,Bass Trombone,Tenor Trombone
Dave Clauss   Guitar
Luigi Mazzocchi   Violin
Ahmad Barack   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Starr Blackshere   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jennifer Burton   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Brian Farr   Drums,Rhythm Section
Thomas Flanagan   Sitar
Paul Gehman   Bass,Rhythm Section
Nahemma Harper   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Janice Kinjo   Leader
Tamae Lee   Violin
Brian Mavi   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Lawrence Newton   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Leonard Sideman   Tabla
Lyric Tucker   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jon Virtue   Trumpet,Horn
Paul Arbogast   Bass Trombone,Tenor Trombone
Infamous   Keyboards
Sharise Jackson   Vocals
Paula Hollaway   Vocals
Dan Paul   Piano
Arnold Tucker   Vocals
Matt Gallagher   Trumpet
Charles Parker   Violin

Technical Credits

Bunny Sigler   Composer
Dream Team   Producer
Jeff Chestek   Engineer
Larry Gold   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Horn Conductor,String Conductor
Marley Marl   Producer,Audio Production
DJ Scratch   Producer
Glen Marchese   Engineer
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart   Producer,Audio Production
Frankie Hill   Contributor
A. Rivera   Composer
Grease   Audio Production
Chris Atlas   Marketing
Scratch   Audio Production
Ryan Leslie   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Mike A. Jarosz   Associate Arranger
The-Dream   Audio Production
Carol Corless   Package Production
Ky Miller   Engineer
Dream Team   Audio Production
Anthony Palazzole   Engineer
Dave Clauss   Engineer
Alex Haldi   Art Direction
Raw Uncut   Audio Production
Brent Behrenshausen   Contributor
Illfonics   Producer,Audio Production
Zach Larimer   Contributor
Gabriel Staznik   Contributor
Suits   Audio Production
Ray Burghardt   Audio Production
Marlon Williams   Audio Production
Cue Beats   Audio Production
Streetrunner   Audio Production
Frado   Audio Production
Absolut   Audio Production
Brian "B-Luv" Thomas   Engineer
Brian Stanley   Engineer

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Exit 13 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't heard LL Cool J sound this inspired in a minute. Granted I'm not a huge LL fan, but I have a few of his albums, This is probably one of my favorite albums by him. It mixes up the more aggressive songs with some party songs and love songs, though there's nothing too romantic or sexy here. Cry is probably the one most geared towards the ladies, but that's it. It kicks off nicely with It's Time For War, a banging track that &quot predictably&quot is LL claiming his king-like status in the game and it's all about him making his comeback and returning to form. It's hot nonetheless, though. The following, Old School New School is good. Feel My Heartbeat, I didn't like at first, though now it's grown on me a little. Get Over Here, I think it's called, is LL joined by a couple of young proteges, if that's what you wanna call 'em, over a more South-flavored beat. They flow faster to it and keep it pretty bouncy. That one's hot, too. Baby is a good song, but I think it's started to become a little old and overplayed to me now. The remix was a nice touch, though. Definitely an interesting rock remix of the song. Rockin' With the G.O.A.T. is a good, hard track as is You Better Watch Me. Ringtone Murda is hot, too, with a more street edge. Grandmaster Caz hopped on that one to give LL a hand with the chorus. I don't have time to go through the whole CD, but it's good. I've read customer reviews that say otherwise, but I don't think they gave it a chance. If you're an LL fan, I can't see you not liking this. It's a return to form. LL even said himself that this is the first album he's made in years that he wasn't working on other things on the side. It shows. This is his best album in years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately for me, LL's new album felt more like a sampler CD of new unusual ideas that he was just throwing around in the studio one restless night. The tracks are a mixed bag of hit or miss songs that may or may not make the hit list, with some fresh old school styled club bangers to some been there done that rehashed sounds. Not a bad last ditch effort for the label he helped launch and put on the map, Def Jam, but not his strongest. I feel his last album, Todd Smith, had an LL Cool J personality and didn't sound like the rest of the run of the mill rap crowed. Exit 13 started off strong but towards the end the week moments like American Girl and Mr. Presindent which didn't quite fit, brought the CD down a notch, with an anti-climactic ending. I'll give it a 31/2, because I like LL's style and delivery, but not in this package.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am oldschool, and a lot of the hip hop out there today, sucks and is based on "catchy hooks" and one-hit wonders, this CD is nice I like it, but I have been an LL Cool J fan for years. I really enjoy bumping this CD when I am riding. Favorites on the CD "oldschool,new school" "Baby" & "Baby" remix (Rock style); "Cry", "We Rolling"; Mr. President; Rocking with the G.O.A.T. and all the other songs, too! Get this CD you won't be disappointed I wasn't, because the quality is there in every song, beat and LL's flow is awesome....Love this CD, one of my favorites of 2008.