LL Cool J is a true legend of the game, there is little doubt about that. A bonafide innovator, in the halls of fame his reputation is secured. But aside from "Radio", "Bigger and Deffer", “Walk Like A Panther” and "Mama Said Knock You Out", aside from the multi-platinum sales and G.O.A.T highlights of a long and stellar career there is another, slightly more unconventional reason to herald Ladies Love. We are referring of course, to his position as the originator and possibly still undisputed king of romantic rap. Come on now, we know you can rap along to ‘Hey Lover’ and of course ‘I Need Love’. Don't front now that everyone is watching!
We were rocking ‘Bigger and Deffer’ recently, the massive album that spawned ‘I Need Love, and got to thinking about our own It’s All Love statement and other notable love songs in rap. And perhaps surprisingly there are some other classics vying for the title of best rap ballad. You may have your own favorite, but a quick recall throws up some tunes that can also claim to be truly great records. ‘Song Cry’ is immense, a song that showed Jay-Z as the hustler with a heart. At one end of the spectrum is Biggie's ‘Me And My Bitch’, as strong a gangster's declaration of affection as you are likely to hear, while at the other end perhaps is Tribe and ‘Bonita Applebum’. The Lost Boyz’ ‘Renee’ is somewhere in the middle. Ghostface and Mary, ‘All That I Got Is You’ and perhaps the best of them all, Method Man and Mary’s storming ‘All I Need’?
So while you are pondering which It’s All Love tee to buy, why not just pause to give some props to the other side of the game, the side that eschews ho-ism for true emotional flowism. You might not agree, but then you're not the one walking around with Ladies Love in front of your name.