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Authentic (2013)

Artist: Ll Cool J
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Format: CD
Sku: 248709759
UPC: 795041792921
UPC 14: 00795041792921
Release Date: 4/30/2013
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Bath Salt
2. Not Leaving You Tonight ~ (featuring Eddie Van Halen/Fitz & the Tantrums)
3. New Love ~ (featuring Charlie Wilson)
4. We Came to Party ~ (featuring Fatman Scoop/Snoop Dogg)
5. Give Me Love ~ (featuring Seal)
6. Something About You (Love the World) ~ (featuring Earth, Wind & Fire/Melody Thornton/Charlie Wilson)
7. Bartender Please ~ (featuring Snoop Dogg/Travis Barker/Bootsy Collins)
8. Whaddup ~ (featuring Tom Morello/Travis Barker/Z
9. Between the Sheetz ~ (featuring Mickey Shiloh)
10. Closer ~ (featuring Monica)
11. Live for You ~ (featuring Brad Paisley)
12. We're the Greatest ~ (featuring Eddie Van Halen/Travis Barker)
13. Jump On It
14. Hell Yeah
15. Whaddup

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Z-Trip (scratches).
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: LL Cool J.
Muze PNote Recording information: Fenix Studios, NY; Henson Studios; Opra Music Studios; Westlake Recording Studios.
Muze PNote Photographers: Leann Mueller; Janette Beckman.
Muze PNote When LL Cool J dubs his 2013 effort Authentic, the veteran rapper is referring to an album that's authentically LL Cool J circa 2013, and not one that's authentically hip-hop. That's important to remember as the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink effort overflows with guests from every genre, like Public Enemy's Chuck D, blink-182's Travis Barker, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, and electro-rocker Z-Trip. That busy jumble of names is not only on the same album, but on the same track, as in "Whaddup," a pop-protest number that's admirable enough, and one that sounds more natural than "Accidental Racist," LL's much-maligned duet with Brad Paisley. Authentic gets its own Paisley team-up with "Live for You," a glossed-up, jukebox country redo of LL's "I Need Love," although when it comes to updates to Cool J's classics, the "Mama Said Knock You Out" return "We're the Greatest" is a better choice, with Eddie Van Halen wailing away as the rapper does a Mike Tyson impression, intentional or not. This variety hour on wax comes alive when characters like Bootsy Collins (making the party number "Bartender Please" sound Deee-Lite-ful), Snoop Dogg (on the club worthy "We Come to Party"), and Charlie Wilson (swaggerfest "New Love" wins just for the line "honk your horn if she's walking by right now") show up, but even so, the album doubles down on some of its best ideas, and Eddie, Snoop, Travis, and Uncle Charlie all return for lesser numbers. LL sounds rusty and a bit under-rehearsed as he belts out his iffy punch lines and motivational anthems, but he pours his heart into the pop numbers and sounds at home during the nostalgic throwbacks. Don't call it a comeback of any sort, but good intentions abound and in a primetime television star manner, the album's title remains true. ~ David Jeffries

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Eddie Van Halen
Muze Guest Artist Fitz and the Tantrums
Muze Guest Artist Charlie Wilson
Muze Guest Artist Fatman Scoop
Muze Guest Artist Snoop Dogg
Muze Guest Artist Seal
Muze Guest Artist Earth, Wind & Fire
Muze Guest Artist Melody Thornton
Muze Guest Artist Travis Barker
Muze Guest Artist Bootsy Collins
Muze Guest Artist Tom Morello
Muze Guest Artist Z-Trip
Muze Guest Artist Chuck D
Muze Guest Artist Mickey Shiloh
Muze Guest Artist Monica
Muze Guest Artist Brad Paisley

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Jason's Lyric
Muze Music Compilations Levert.Sweat.Gill
Muze Music Compilations Mtv Presents: Hip Hop Back In The Day
Muze Music Compilations Out Of Business/Greatest Hits (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Island Def Jam Recording Presents 1
Muze Music Compilations Madea's Family Reunion
Muze Music Compilations Hip Hop Essentials (Ltd) (Box)
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Traffic Jams (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Brass Knuckles(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Funkmaster Flex Presents:mix Tape V1
Muze Music Compilations Legacy (Greatest Hits)
Muze Music Compilations All World:greatest Hits Vol. 2(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Essential
Muze Music Compilations DEF JAM 30TH ANNIVERSARY:GREATEST HIT(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations ICON:EPMD(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Unbreakable Smile
Muze Music Compilations Love Songs
Muze Music Compilations Ncis:los Angeles (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Wheelhouse

Associated Artists and Works

Dre, Dr.

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 04/30/2013
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2013
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : FTN 17929
Music Label Name Label : 429 Records
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00795041792921

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.70)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "[H]e remains a personality first, who injects all his songs -- party anthems, boasts, come-ons -- with friendliness and fun."

Billboard (p.45)
- "[H]e spits classic rap flavor on the Snoop Lion-assisted 'We Came to Party'..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Ll Cool J
Product attributeLabel:   Savoy Jazz Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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