Mr. Smith

Mr. Smith

by LL Cool J

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Mr. Smith

On the strength of the slow-burning Boyz II Men duet "Hey Lover," LL Cool J returned to the top of the charts with Mr. Smith, meaning the album is somewhat of a comeback for the veteran rapper. LL Cool J's skills had never deserted him, but his previous album, 14 Shots to the Dome, was a exercise in hardcore that only worked in fits and spurts. There's a couple of hard moments on Mr. Smith, but the album is at its most successful when he concentrates on his seductive, romantic side. LL Cool J has gotten a bit dirtier since the teenage days of "I Need Love," but he never steps over into the explicit, lewd come-ons of R. Kelly, preferring to suggest everything with a series of double entendres, metaphors, and analogies. Mr. Smith isn't a perfect record -- there's too many slack moments for it to qualify as one of his best -- but it proves that LL Cool J remains vital a decade after his debut. [Mr. Smith

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Release Date: 11/21/1995
Label: Def Jam
UPC: 0731452958327
catalogNumber: 529583

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