DEFinition

The DEFinition

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by LL Cool J
     
 
It's great to hear LL Cool J so unrestrained and so inspired on "Hush," one of the fantastic tracks on the more hit than miss The DEFinition. The track segues into the much lesser "I'm gonna do this to you, I'm gonna do that to you" Penthouse letter that's "Every Sip," but there's more here to bounce to than on 2002's mushy 10

Overview

It's great to hear LL Cool J so unrestrained and so inspired on "Hush," one of the fantastic tracks on the more hit than miss The DEFinition. The track segues into the much lesser "I'm gonna do this to you, I'm gonna do that to you" Penthouse letter that's "Every Sip," but there's more here to bounce to than on 2002's mushy 10, and you can thank Timbaland for that. He's in the producer's chair for the banging kickoff single, "Headsprung," where LL meets the South with crunk beats and a slowed-down, syrup-sipper's chorus. He adds that Art of Noise-styled, mystic pan flute synth to "Can't Explain It" and a buzzing-in-your-ear melody to "Feel the Beat." LL responses to all these fresh sounds with vigor, spitting out the rhymes swiftly, and comes up with a couple things that make you go "dang!" without a trip or stumble. As good as Timbaland's beats are, it's 7 Aurelius who steals the show with his work on "Hush." It's more lovers' rap from LL, but Aurelius' beats and tricks should appeal to XY and XX chromosomes equally. Same goes for his team-up with R. Kelly, "I'm About to Get Her," making "Every Sip" the only romantic yawner. LL offers up "you rap for the thugs/I rap for the ladies" on the album, but there's some tough, near-"Mama Said Knock You Out"'s here, and from any hardcore thug's point of view, he's getting better at splitting the difference.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/31/2004
Label:
Def Jam
UPC:
0602498626092
catalogNumber:
000293902

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

LL Cool J   Primary Artist
Paul Bushnell   Guitar,Keyboards,Beatbox
Paul Graham   Vocals
Tony Love   Guitar
Cornelius Mims   Bass
7 Aurelius   Keyboards,Vocals,Vibes
Aurelius   Track Performer
Kevin Rudolf   Guitar
Candice Nelson   Vocals

Technical Credits

R. Kelly   Arranger,Composer,Vocal Producer
Ian Allen   Business Consultant
Paul Bushnell   Programming
LL Cool J   Producer,Executive Producer
Robert Sims   Art Direction
Eric Williams   Producer
N.O. Joe   Producer
Timbaland   Producer
Kevin Crouse   Engineer
Abel Garibaldi   Engineer
Tim Mosley   Composer
C. Nelson   Composer
7 Aurelius   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Demacio Castellon   Engineer
P. Graham   Composer
J.T. "Tiny" Smith   Composer
Glen "It's Crazy" Markazi   Engineer
Antoinette Trotman   Business Consultant

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The DEFinition 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I RECKON FOR A MAN BEING AROUND FOR TWENTY YEARS HE IS BETTER THAN EVER. MAYBE NOT AS GREAT LYRICALLY BUT THE BEATS ARE HOTT! EVERY TRACK PRODUCED BY TIMBALND WAS GOLDEN. DEFINELTLY COP THIS ALBUM. OUTSTANDING TRACKS ARE: HEADSPRUNG, APPLE COBBLER, FEEL THE BEAT, MOVE SOMETHIN', SHAKE IT BABY,
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I bought LL's new album. I thought to myself ok, it will be smooth r&b/rap just like he always is. But on this one his face is the only thing thats had a lift. His music has too, like on the track Headsprung, it has a younger edge and appeals more to the fad thats in now a'la Little Jon. But other songs on the album get you in the mood and slow things down a bit. which is what i think LL does best, like in the song , Can't Explain It. All in all though I think that LL continues to be a driving and innovative mainstay in the world of hip-hop.
Guest More than 1 year ago
LL IS THE GREATEST, RAPPERS ARE GOOD, BUT 20 YRS AND COUNTING, STILL BRINGING THE HITS...LL IS THE ABSOLUTE KING, MUSIC LOVERS BOW DOWN..PAY HOMMAGE....COS WE HAVE GOT TO HUSH! (get it)