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Bigger & Deffer
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is a strong album by one of the top rappers of all time. LL was really at the top of his game here. His rhymes were fresh and often funny. And his deejay Cut Creator provided some excellent samples for him to rap to. The album included his first hit single, "I Need Love", which was also the first important rap ballad. Fans of old school rap should enjoy this album a lot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2010
Format: MP3 Music
This is possibly one of my favorite albums of all time. I remeber hearing songs off this when I was like in third grade. Matter of fact I need love is what really got me hooked on Rap/Hip-Hop. I can pretty much listen to this album start to finish and not skip through a song. LL was a beast back then. Your talkin about a guy who used to murder cats in a battle. Some say Uncle L has fell off and maybe his subsequent albums have not been as good, but this album right here is the truth. I used to listen to this album every day in fourth and fifth grade and it inspired me to write lyrics of Cool J's in love letters to girls(too funny). This album will always hold a special fondness in my heart. Here is the breakdown of my ratings:

1. I'm Bad-5 Stars
2. Kanday-5 Stars
3. Get Down-4 Stars
4. The Bristol Hotel-5 Stars
5. My Rhyme Ain't Done-5 Stars
6. .357-Break It On Down-3 Stars
7. Go Cut Creator Go-3 Stars
8. The Breakthrough-4 Stars
9. I Need Love-5 Stars
10. Ahh, Let's Get Ill-5 Stars
11. The Do Wop-5 Stars
12. On the Ill Tip-1 Star

Usually Skits, Intros, Interludes, and Outros only get a one star rating (definitely if all there is talking). 5 Stars go on my favorites Playlist. It should also be stated that my ratings are based purely on how much I like the Songs. I don't take too much into the popularity of a Song. My ratings are not always a sign that I think a Song or Album are better than another.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2006
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
A very good work-----even though i am not a fan of rap, this album is great---funny, lots of rhythum, i think it is probably one of the best albums of rap and LL is terrific!!! and this from a 56 year old classical fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is is my favorite release by LL cool J besides the first album Radio. This album follows the same format of the first a lot of dope boom bap with one love song and one song about a girl. This version of LL is hungry, spits lyrics, and just isn't soft. The way he is spitting the lyrics and the way his voice sounds you can tell he was in the booth giving everything that he had to make the songs/album dope. That is the LL I know and love. The current LL that makes 90 percent of his albums love fluff with wack guest appearances is horrible. Even his love songs during this era are more hip hop than the one's he drops now. Ah well, if only he could return to the type of emcee he was on releases like this.

Standouts
Bad
Kanday
I need love
My rhyme ain't done
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This was my very first rap album. After listening to it just once, I was hooked. His fluidity is amazing on this album. If you ask me he was way ahead of his time. I will never say anything bad about LL, his longevity and hit list is too great. There is a good amount of versatility on this album, something rap of today lacks. Not one of the songs have anything similar except rapping. His hooks are always solid. His word play is stellar. LL has always been underrated and its really a shame. If you've never bought an LL album, this is a great one to start with. If you are not familiar with this old school classic, you should do yourself a favor and get it. This is seriously one of the greatest rap albums and I think anyone who has it or hears it would agree.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Not the tired, indistiguishable stuff currently out there. LL is a wordsmith, something sorely missing in today's brand of jams. An excellent album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2005
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Though more predictable and less intriguing than RADIO, BIGGER AND DEFFER is an excellent follow up to a classic. This album was also a huge hit, peaking at #3 on the Hot 200 and selling Platinum. The production is much fuller here than the previous disc, but thankfully LL's commanding voice is never lost in the mix.

Two classic singles were scored from this disc, including the macho anthem "I'm Bad" (#84 Pop, #4 R&B) and the genuinely tender crossover hit "I Need Love" (#14 Pop, #1 R&B). In addition to the hits, BIGGER AND DEFFER finds LL at his best when he's attacking the more hard-hitting, "Rock The Bells"-like rhymes like "Get Down," "The Breakthrough" and (my personal favorite) "Ahh, Let's Get Ill." And with "My Rhyme Ain't Done" and "The Bristol Hotel," LL's wickedly humorous side (really only hinted at on Radio) starts to fully emerge. The mixing of genres on "The Do Wop" sounds a little awkward, but it's an interesting experiment (the type of thing LL would continue to keep trying).

On the negative side, the use of samples is much more obvious here than on the more discreet RADIO. The James Brown sample on "Kandy" works far better than it should, but the modified Chuck Berry sample on the lame "Go Cut Creator Go" was a bad idea from the beginning. However, BIGGER AND DEFFER unifies nicely as a whole and was a big chart success, blowing the notion of a sophomore jinx right out of the water. RADIO is definitely the place to start, but BIGGER AND DEFFER is another prime example of vintage LL.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 1999
Format: Audio CD
For a lot of the younger fans, L.L. Cool J is no doubt seen as primarily a smoothed out loverman, rocking over R&B grooves with Boyz II Men and Keith Sweat. But don't sleep kids. Back in the 80s, before he was Mr. Smith, L.L. was straight up the baddest motherf*cker on the planet. His rhymes were rough, cocky, hard as hell, and he just didn't give a damn. He was the best and he knew it. For my money, this is one of the best rap albums of all time, and it displays one of the greatest MCs of all time at his roughest. Talking about guns and blunts doesn't necessarily equal hardness. Hardness is conveyed through your flow, your lyrics and your attitude. As far as I'm concerned, two MCs stand out from any who came before or after them as far as pure hardness, DMC and L.L. Cool J. Pick up this album and hear why Canibus should have known better than to challenge James Todd Smith.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Bigger and Deffer was possibly the first album that I ever loved. I stole my sister's copy of this when I was about 5, and it remains one of my all-time favorites. It starts off "I'm Bad," which is a rather rediculous-sounding boast of being tough, but it is entertaining nonetheless. "Kanday" has a great beat, as does "The Bristol Hotel" (though this one is sampled from Wilson Pickett's "Get Me Back on Time, Engine Number Nine"). "I Need Love" is kind of sappy, but even after all these years, this album remains one of my favorite ones to listen to from start to finish.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2010
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I love this album. Sure not all the songs are great, but the ones that hold up are I'm bad, Kanday, go cut kreator, the breakthrough, i need love and the do-wop. Which is more than half the album.

This record shows that LL was a force to be reckoned with.
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