G.O.A.T. (Explicit Version) CD (2000)

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Hordes of hopeful contenders have claimed to be it. Rabid rap fans will debate and argue about it from sundown to da break of dawn. But in the world of hip hop what does it truly take to be The Greatest Of All Time? Lyrics. Charisma. Personality. Versatility. Longevity. L.L Cool J has this.

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Label Uni/def Jam
SKU 60433365
UPC 731454681926
UPC 14 00731454681926
Format CD
Release Date 9/12/2000
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Author L.L. Cool J
Compilation Appearance Jason's Lyric
Compilation Appearance Show (Explicit Version)
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Compilation Appearance Def Jam Greatest Hits (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Levert.Sweat.Gill
Compilation Appearance Vol. 1-Traffic Jams (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Mtv Presents: Hip Hop Back In The Day
Compilation Appearance Out Of Business/Greatest Hits (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Blackout (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Love Songs
Compilation Appearance Legacy: Greatest Hits Collection
Compilation Appearance Legacy: The Greatest Hits Collection (Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance Island Def Jam Recording Presents 1
Compilation Appearance Madea's Family Reunion
Compilation Appearance Hip Hop Essentials (Ltd) (Box)
Compilation Appearance Brass Knuckles(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Funkmaster Flex Presents:mix Tape V1
Compilation Appearance Legacy (Greatest Hits)
Compilation Appearance All World:greatest Hits Vol. 2(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Wheelhouse
Compilation Appearance Ncis:los Angeles (Ost)
Compilation Appearance Essential
Compilation Appearance DEF JAM 30TH ANNIVERSARY:GREATEST HIT(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance ICON:EPMD(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Unbreakable Smile
Associated Artist/Work Dre, Dr.
Technical Info
CatalogID 546 819
Lable Name Def Jam (USA)
Released 09/12/2000
Original Release 2000
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 72m : 59s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00731454681926
Musical Guests
Redman
Method Man
Kelly Price
Xzibit
Snoop Dogg
Ja Rule
DMX
Prodigy
Kandice Love
Tiki Diamond
Carl Thomas
Amil
Jayo Felony
Album Notes and Credits
Contains a hidden track after "Ill Bomb."
Personnel includes: LL Cool J, Kelly Price, Method Man, Redman, DMX, Prodigy, Snoop, Jayo Felony, Xzibit, Ja Rule, Amil, Carl Thomas, Tiki Diamond, Candice Love.
Producers include: James "Bimmy" Antney, Rockwilder, Vada Nobles, DJ Scratch, Adam F.
Recorded at The Hit Factory and Mirror Image Studios, New York, New York.
One of the last hip-hop veterans standing, with many platinum albums and leading film roles to his credit, LL Cool J has taken the art form to a higher level than the music industry could have ever imagined back when he "rocked the bells" in 1985. Still sporting his battle rhyme style, LL returns with yet another classic album, G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time).
His collaborations on this album show that LL's very aware of the current hip-hop audience, teaming up with Mobb Deep's Prodigy on his hometown dedication "Queens," and Snoop Dogg and Xzibit on the West Coast-flavored "You Can't Fuck with Me." Those jams will have the hardcore fans satisfied, but then, as usual, LL gets freaky, with songs such as "Hello," featuring Amil, and "Imagine That" featuring LeShaun, that should please the ladies. LL's versatile persona proves that he is, indeed, the G.O.A.T.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (9/28/00, p.58) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...[It] highlights LL's greatest talent: to be everything to everybody. A freaky hybrid of bad boy and good guy, LL is hard as a ny gangsta but can also be cuddly and sincere..."
Entertainment Weekly (9/24/00, p.78) - "...[LL] in near top form. Talking trash, passing the mic to guests like DMX and Snoop Dog, reeling off endlessly inventive boasts - he makes it seem easy..." - Rating: B
Q (12/00, p.126) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...He still has it and, unsurprisingly, he is not slow to alert his audience..."
Vibe (9/00, pp.239-40) - 4 records out of 5 - "...[His] most enthralling album in years.....delivering uncharacteristically bad-tempered put-downs, froths at the mouth, denounces his critics and maintains that [his] ability to compete with grittier contemporaries [has not weakened]..."
NME (Magazine) (9/16/00, p.36) - 7 out of 10 - "...He still sounds fresh..."
Artist Bio
Hordes of hopeful contenders have claimed to be it. Rabid rap fans will debate and argue about it from sundown to da break of dawn. But in the world of hiphop what does it truly take to be The Greatest Of All Time? Lyrics. Charisma. Personality. Versatility. Longevity. A command of the studio as well as the stage. The ability to conquer any and all obstacles from a brash newcomer or wily veteran picking a rhyme fight to the changing tastes of a fickle rap audience and emerge stronger than ever. As many living legends as hip hop has produced within its 20 years of recorded history, only one artist can honestly count all of these qualifications amongst his arsenal of talents: LL Cool J. From the moment a teenaged "young legend in leather" named James Todd Smith exclaimed "I Need A Beat" to the world in 1984 as Def Jam Records' Flagship artist, LL Cool J has blazed an unprecedented legacy of achievements. A two-time Grammy Award winner, respected television and feature film actor, author, humanitarian and devoted family man, he has never gone less than gold on any of his eight album projects. The St. Albans, Queens native is also the first rap artist to amass six consecutive platinum-plus selling albums and six gold singles. Now, with his ninth effort, G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time), LL officially and rightfully assumes the title that has eluded all others.
Disc 1
1 Intro
2 Imagine That
3 Back Where I Belong - (featuring Ja Rule)
4 II Cool J - (featuring Kandice Love)
5 Take It Off
6 Skit
7 Fuhgidabowdit - (featuring DMX/Method Man/Redman)
8 Farmers - (featuring Tiki Diamond)
9 This Is Us - (featuring Carl Thomas)
10 Can't Think
11 Hello - (featuring Amil)
12 You And Me - (featuring Kelly Price)
13 Homicide
14 U Can't F**k With Me - (featuring Snoop/Jayo Felony/Xzibit)
15 Queens Is - (featuring Prodigy)
16 G.O.A.T., The
17 Ill Bomb - (bonus track, with Funkmaster Flex & Big Kap)
18 Hidden Track
Reviews
ReviewSource Billboard
Review ...With eight albums under his belt, LL is arguably the best MC to ever touch the mike. With his latest offering, G.O.A.T., LL attempts to end the argument--and he makes a pretty good case... this is no stroll down memory lane... LL...seems to have regained the fire that was sorely missing from his previous release, Phenomenon.
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ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review ...LL has been rocking the bells since his 1985 debut, which is a century in rap years... and G.O.A.T. glows with the heat of his rhymes. G.O.A.T. highlights LL's greatest talent: to be everything to everybody. A freaky hybrid of bad boy and good guy, LL is as hard as any gangsta but can also be cuddly and sincere. And he's got showmanship to spare.
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Reviewer Matt Diehl
ReviewRating 9

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