LL Cool J is many things— husband, father, actor, rapper, sex symbol, etc— but a "forefather of pop rap," he is not. Now, we're not sure who gave the MC such a title, but he took to Twitter to set the record straight.
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The Queens native tweeted, "me being called the forefather of pop rap is very confusing. What the f*** are you even talking about?" LL is credited as one of the first rappers to merge hardcore Hip Hop with sultry R&B. How can one forget when he opened "Loungin'" in a smooth voice saying, "how you doin', miss? My name is L, I'm from Queens..." Not to mention, the song sampled 80s R&B classic, "Who Do You Love," by Bernard Wright.
LL didn't have to say much after the tweet because his fans took to Twitter to defend his honor and legacy. One user replying, "probably home in their rooms, staring at the wall. In the back of their minds they maybe heard their conscience call. Just spitballing. 4321 reasons why they are wrong"— referencing two of LL's hits, "I Need Love" and "4,3,2,1," featuring Method Man, Redman & the late legend, DMX.
Another fan declared, "only someone who chooses to be willfully ignorant of the culture and its history would even dare say something like that. Spectacular vernacular miraculous raw shyt scooped off the concrete make a hit. That's pop-rap? Fuggedaboutit."
On 1985's "Rock The Bells," LL kicked off the song boldly expressing, "L.L. Cool J. is hard as hell/Battle anybody I don't care who you tell," and that's really all that needs to be said regarding this silly pop-rap conversation. He is a Hip-Hop/Rap superstar and we encourage you to put his discography back into your rotation if you need a reminder.
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