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Radio Explicit Lyrics, Original recording reissued

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Format: Music CD, Def Jam Records. Rock music CD release from LL Cool J with the album Radio. Released on the label Def Jam Records. Hip-Hop music CD. This hard to find pre-owned music CD is fully guaranteed.

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There are a few unmistakable footprints any fan of hip-hop can instantly recognize: the woodwind twist of Run DMC's "Peter Piper," Doug E. Fresh's "La Di Da Di," and the ferocious, burning, wax-and-metal battle cry of "LL Cool J is hard as hell!" on "Rock the Bells," from LL Cool J's 1986 debut, Radio. Although just a teenager at the time of this recording, LL booms with shocking authority on tracks like "I Can't Live Without My Radio" and "I Need a Beat." Rick Rubin completes the soundscape with Def Jam's early signature arena-rock guitar strangulations and mechanical drum fills. LL's bravado and vocal presence--despite the imperfect production on the CD and the juvenilia of "You Can't Dance" and "I Want You"--remain inescapable on Radio. --Todd Levin
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 28, 1995)
  • Parental Advisory ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Def Jam
  • ASIN: B0000024JP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,122 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Run Dmc sat the standards for how Hip Hop was going to sound in 1984 with Run-D.M.C. and 17 year old LL Cool J continued the trend the following year with this one that became another classic. This album was also the first album to be released from Def Jam that had been founded by Rick Rubin with the help from Russell Simmons the previous year. "Radio" demonstrates Rick Rubin's production style more then any other album with it's minimalistic beats and stripped down no BS sound that often also used rock beats, just like Run Dmc. The album is throughout cohesive, considering that Rubin produced all of the songs and for a Rap album at the time it gained considerable attention. Ll Cool J on the other hand sound exactly like a product of the 80's old skool rap with b-boy attitude and street smart lyrics about anything from having fun to charming the girls to cockyness. The opener "I Can't Leave Without My Radio" that also appeared on "Krush Groove" is the best example of 80's Hip Hip and what to expect the rest of the album to sound. "You Can't Dance" and "Dangerous" about having fun shows alot of scratching and b-boy attitude while it's pretty obvious that he's not having high thought of the girl from "Dear Yvette" but certain words are not used, infact LL never sued foul words in his music. However, the majority of songs about women on LL recordings are tender ballads like "I Can Give You More" and "I Want You". These songs can be noted as the first Hip Hop ballads even if the minimalistic sound here make it hard to distinguish, he later perfected it with the seminal "I Need Love" from his following album Bigger and Deffer.Read more ›
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Sparse, yet beat-heavy, arrangements lend RADIO a raw stripped down feeling, which is enormously appealing compared to the almost laughably grandiose production that plagues much of today's hip hop. The best aspect to this minimal production is that it puts LL's voice into the foreground, and let's him loose to do his thing. Whether he's putting on his loveman persona ("I Can Give You More," "I Want You") or delivering his trademark kiss-offs ("Dear Yvette," "That's A Lie"), LL's undeniable charisma shines through brighter on RADIO than anywhere else.

The ratio of production and performance strike a perfect balance on the hard-hitting classics "Rock The Bells" (#17 R&B) and "I Need A Beat," both of which really give LL meaty hooks to sink his teeth into. The album sold Platinum despite narrowly missing the Top 40 on the Hot 200, while the semi-title track, "I Can't Live Without My Radio," was also a single and charted at an impressive #15 on the R&B chart. With the uncluttered production, clever lyrics, and impassioned delivery, RADIO represents hip hop at it's purest.
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Very few hip hop albums have stood the test of time but LL Cool J's Radio has. Especially since you consider that it has a totally 80's B-Boy sound. A sparse sound with hard hitting drum beats, guitar riffs, awesome scratches by DJ Cut Creator and of couse LL's signature flow. The production style is unique to that era and it kind of brings LL's rapping to the forefront. Gives it a little more kick but his lyrical skills were so good that he probably could have rapped over any beat. This and Bigger and Deffer are my favorite albums by him. Anyone who thinks that LL got soft in his later years really needs to listen to this album. At the time he really raised the bar for other rappers. The album itself is a good listen from beginning to end and there really aren't any weak tracks on it. At the time people were listening to cassette tapes and bumping them in boom boxes. I think Rick Rubin produced this album so that it would be hard hitting from beginning to end. That way you could jam this cassette in your box without having to skip or fast forward any tracks. With only 11 songs including the little bonus El Shabazz skit, the album really isn't that long but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality. As I've said the whole album is great. In a way this album is like the hip hop version of Michael Jackson's Thriller. They both have only a few songs but all of them are great. They both sold very well for their genres. They both can be listened to time and time again without sounding old or dated. I'll probably be listening to both albums until I'm well into my seventies. Maybe longer than that if I live that long. At 17 years old LL was rapping better than rappers twice his age. Now in 2011 there aren't any new rappers that can match him lyrically.Read more ›
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A lighthearted teenager with swagger and some bragadoccio sprinkled in steps on the scene and delivers a strong album. LL was 16 years old at the time. Compared to the current young rappers in that age group, not only is his album very complex, but it trumps a lot of the stuff being put out now. This album is a very solid effort, and after listening to what's on the airwaves right now, this album has an effect comparable to when you open up a window to a room with stagnant air. Not only do you feel refreshed, but you regain some of the brain cells that you lost when you turned on todays radio.

All rap fans should do themselves a favor and put this one in their cd players every once in a while. It'll renew your spirits and help you remember why you loved hip hop in the first place.
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