Radio [Bonus Track] [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Run-D.M.C. was the first rap act to produce cohesive, fully realized albums, and LL Cool J was the first to follow in their footsteps. LL was a mere 17 years old when he recorded his classic debut album Radio, a brash, exuberant celebration of booming beats and B-boy attitude that launched not only the longest career in hip-hop, but also Rick Rubin's seminal Def Jam label. Rubin's back-cover credit "Reduced by Rick Rubin" is an entirely apt description of his bare-bones production style. Radio is just as stripped-down and boisterously aggressive as any Run-D.M.C. album, sometimes even more so; the instrumentation is basically just a cranked-up beatbox, punctuated by DJ ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Run-D.M.C. was the first rap act to produce cohesive, fully realized albums, and LL Cool J was the first to follow in their footsteps. LL was a mere 17 years old when he recorded his classic debut album Radio, a brash, exuberant celebration of booming beats and B-boy attitude that launched not only the longest career in hip-hop, but also Rick Rubin's seminal Def Jam label. Rubin's back-cover credit "Reduced by Rick Rubin" is an entirely apt description of his bare-bones production style. Radio is just as stripped-down and boisterously aggressive as any Run-D.M.C. album, sometimes even more so; the instrumentation is basically just a cranked-up beatbox, punctuated by DJ scratching. There are occasional brief samples, but few do anything more than emphasize a downbeat. The result is rap at its most skeletal, with a hard-hitting, street-level aggression that perfectly matches LL's cocksure teenage energy. Even the two ballads barely sound like ballads, since they're driven by the same slamming beats. Though they might sound a little squared-off to modern ears, LL's deft lyrics set new standards for MCs at the time; his clever disses and outrageous but playful boasts still hold up poetically. Although even LL himself would go on to more intricate rhyming, it isn't really necessary on such a loud, thumping adrenaline rush of a record. Radio was both an expansion of rap's artistic possibilities and a commercial success for its time, helping attract new multiracial audiences to the music. While it may take a few listens for modern ears to adjust to the minimalist production, the fact that it hews so closely to rap's basic musical foundation means that it still possesses a surprisingly fresh energy, and isn't nearly as dated as many efforts that followed it including, ironically, some of LL's own.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/28/1995
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 731452735225
  • Catalog Number: 527352
  • Sales rank: 24,360

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Can't Live Without My Radio (5:27)
  2. 2 You Can't Dance (3:37)
  3. 3 Dear Yvette (4:07)
  4. 4 I Can Give You More (5:07)
  5. 5 Dangerous (5:56)
  6. 6 [Untitled Track] (1:18)
  7. 7 Rock the Bells (4:01)
  8. 8 I Need a Beat (4:32)
  9. 9 That's a Lie (4:41)
  10. 10 You'll Rock (4:41)
  11. 11 I Want You (4:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
LL Cool J Primary Artist, Vocals
Technical Credits
Steven Ett Engineer
LL Cool J Composer
Herb Powers Mastering
Rick Rubin Composer
Nelson George Liner Notes
Ad-Rock Composer
James Todd Smith Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The first million dollar b-boy

    There will never be another LL. You may sell more.(Hammer) You may be more visable (2Pac) But when L busted on the scene, no one had ever heard anything like it. This song is a classic. From ''Radio'' to ''Dear Yvette'' You can't go wrong with this sh1t!

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