Todd Smith

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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
On his 12th album, LL Cool J proves -- with the help of an all-star roster of guests -- that he can still hang with the young guns. Todd Smith (Cool J's real name and the moniker of his clothing line) boasts cameos by Juelz Santana on the street-credible "It's LL and Santana," by Philly rap star Freeway on the frenetic "What You Want," and by R&B singer Lyfe Jennings on the soulful "Freeze." Perhaps the most surprising guest appearance is from Any Given Sunday costar and former foe Jamie Foxx, who sings on the sexy "Best Dress." Although the disc is sure to generate a few radio-friendly hits -- notably the old-school, "Planet Rock"-inspired single "Control ...
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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
On his 12th album, LL Cool J proves -- with the help of an all-star roster of guests -- that he can still hang with the young guns. Todd Smith (Cool J's real name and the moniker of his clothing line) boasts cameos by Juelz Santana on the street-credible "It's LL and Santana," by Philly rap star Freeway on the frenetic "What You Want," and by R&B singer Lyfe Jennings on the soulful "Freeze." Perhaps the most surprising guest appearance is from Any Given Sunday costar and former foe Jamie Foxx, who sings on the sexy "Best Dress." Although the disc is sure to generate a few radio-friendly hits -- notably the old-school, "Planet Rock"-inspired single "Control Myself," featuring J. Lo, and the club thumper "Preserve the Sexy," featuring Beyoncé-biter Teairra Mari -- lyrically LL seems to have resigned himself to playing the MC lover man persona he's carefully crafted over the years, leaving diehard Cool J fans still yearning for the capable MC to make another raw energy-charged track like "Mama Said Knock You Out" or a block party-starting single like "Jingling Baby." The rapper's lite Todd Smith, however, is enough to tide us over until the real Uncle L stands up.
All Music Guide
LL Cool J himself would warn listeners against calling it a comeback, because he's been around since the mid-'80s churning out records the whole time. And while 2006's Todd Smith doesn't pack near the punch of Radio or even '90s material like Mama Said Knock You Out, the album proves that Cool James always has and always will have wit and style to spare. At this point, LL makes few pretenses to being street, and Todd Smith is straight commercial pop-rap, with production from industry heavyweights Pharrell, Timbaland, and Scott Storch, among others. The rapper also brings on a whole host of guest stars, including Jennifer Lopez on the album's lead-off single "Control Myself", Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, and Jamie Foxx, among others. The result is solid radio-friendly hip-hop from a veteran of the genre.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/11/2006
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 602498798645
  • Catalog Number: 000615802
  • Sales rank: 117,125

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's LL and Santana (3:00)
  2. 2 Control Myself (3:53)
  3. 3 Favorite Flavor (3:26)
  4. 4 Freeze (4:52)
  5. 5 Best Dress (3:57)
  6. 6 Preserve the Sexy (3:39)
  7. 7 What You Want (4:24)
  8. 8 I've Changed (3:50)
  9. 9 Ooh Wee (4:02)
  10. 10 #1 Fan (3:17)
  11. 11 Down the Aisle (4:01)
  12. 12 We're Gonna Make It (4:55)
  13. 13 So Sick (6:55)
  14. 14 Control Myself (4:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
LL Cool J Primary Artist
Debra Killings Background Vocals
Robert Taylor Guitar
Ryan Toby Background Vocals
Eric Johnson Bass
Teairra Marí Track Performer
David Baldford Keyboards
Miredys Peguero Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Patrick Magee Engineer
S. Barnes Composer
T.C. Campbell Composer
Jermaine Dupri Producer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
J.C. Phillips Composer
Peter Wade Engineer
Poke Producer
Corey Rooney Vocal Producer
Jim Caruana Engineer
Alli Truch Art Direction
Ralph Cacciurri Engineer
Brian Garten Engineer
Angelo Aponte Engineer
A. Baker Composer
The Neptunes Producer
R. Harrell Composer
John Horesco IV Engineer
Tone Producer
Andrew Coleman Engineer
L. James Composer
Gimel Keaton Engineer
S. Garrett Composer
James Todd Smith Executive Producer
Jun Ishizeki Engineer
Asif Ali Engineer
Tadd Mingo Engineer
Eric Weissman Sample Clearance
Jason Agel Engineer
Lyfe Jennings Producer
Carter Administration Executive Producer
Justin Shtturtz Engineer
Rob Kinelski Engineer
Keezo Kane Producer
C.J. King Composer
A. Elias Composer
Rev. E.D. Campbell Composer
R. Toby Composer
Carol Corless Package Production
James Goldring Contributor
Dave "Scooter" Honig Trainer
Narcotics Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Still On Top

    This has to be one of the most solid albums that LL has ever made. No rhyme out of place, no step ever missed, no beat off kilter. LL cool J still has what it takes to blow away the compition.

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