40) Armond White Music Review of LL Cool J’s albums Walking With A Panther and Mama Said Knock You Out. -1990-
“The title track Mama Said Knock You Out is a rewrite of the “I’m Bad”
boast: It achieves greatness by summing up the history of masculine indoctrination. Depicting his aggression as a culturally determined reflex. James Todd Smith goes back to the beginning of what made him the rapper he is…
In the four years since his 1986 debut Radio (released when he was seventeen), LL Cool J has raised boasting to an art form…
it is through dramatizing himself that LL Cool J has been able to describe and clarify adolescent make biases and confusions. He explicates the attitudes that most rappers take for granted.
“I’m That Type Of Guy,”
and “Big Ole Butt”
were shockingly convincing expositions of authentic, modern male sensibilities…On “The Boomin’ System“–the greatest car song in almost two decades”
LL Cool J answers the crazy-countrified intro by Marley Marl with a Testarossa smoothness. The warmth of LL Cool J’s voice sneaks him into your consciousness–it’s the ideal way to campaign for the automobile boom-box culture because it conveys the…”
To read more of Armond White’s take on LL Cool J’s art on the Walking With A Panther and Mama Said Knock You Out albums, purchase a new or used copy of The Resistance: Ten Years Of Pop Culture That Shook The World.
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