Following his controversial “Accidental Racism” collaboration with Country singer Brad Paisley, LL Cool J now gives fans the opportunity to stream his new album Authentic.
LL’s 14th album is released on April 30th through 429 Records and serves as his comeback album after a five year acting hiatus – his last release was 2008’s Exit 13. With features galore, the likes of Charlie Wilson, Joe, Snoop Dogg, Seal, Travis Barker and Chuck D all make appearances. In fact, the only track where LL goes it alone is on the album opener “Bath Salt.”
Authentic was originally going to be called Authentic Hip Hop… Perhaps LL realised what he was making was not Hip-Hop – because, after breezing through the 12-track [supposed] collection of authentic beats and rhymes [as a huge fan, and also a firm believer that LL is top 5 material, this is hard], this might be the first time that Uncle L well and truly needs to be told to hang up the mic. Either that or make an actual Hip-Hop album.
LL once rapped, “Don’t call it a comeback.” After a quick glimpse of Authentic there’s no chance of ever calling it that. Stick to acting Mr. Smith. To make your own mind up you can stream the full album via Amazon.
In the meantime here’s a reminder of LL in his prime.