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Authentic by LL Cool J
Released: Apr 2013
Label: 429 Records
The key song here is "Closer," wherein LL Cool J argues why he still makes music: "LL, grown ass man/ Couldn't give a damn if a young boy's my fan/ As long as his momma two-step to my jam." He's not the lyrical beast he once was, and no one will mistake anything on Authentic with vintage "Mama Said Knock You Out" Uncle L. But he still spits honest lyrics, and manages to expand his repertoire of battle raps and R&B jams -- his collaborators include Eddie Van Halen, Brad Paisley, Seal and Snoop Dogg -- while forgoing pop fads like "the techno and the glowsticks." It's a small victory.
Mosi Reeves
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