Authentic CD (2013)

Artist: Ll Cool J

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Label Savoy Jazz/fontana
SKU 248709759
UPC 795041792921
UPC 14 00795041792921
Format CD
Release Date 4/30/2013
Author Ll Cool J
Associated Artist/Work Dre, Dr.
Technical Info
CatalogID FTN 17929
Lable Name 429 Records
Released 04/30/2013
Original Release 2013
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 47m : 52s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00795041792921
Musical Guests
Eddie Van Halen
Fitz and the Tantrums
Charlie Wilson
Fatman Scoop
Snoop Dogg
Earth, Wind & Fire
Melody Thornton
Travis Barker
Bootsy Collins
Tom Morello
Chuck D
Mickey Shiloh
Brad Paisley
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Z-Trip (scratches).
Liner Note Author: LL Cool J.
Recording information: Fenix Studios, NY; Henson Studios; Opra Music Studios; Westlake Recording Studios.
Photographers: Leann Mueller; Janette Beckman.
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
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'..."
Disc 1
1 Bath Salt
2 Not Leaving You Tonight
3 New Love
4 We Came to Party
5 Give Me Love
6 Something About You (Love the World)
7 Bartender Please
8 Whaddup
9 Between the Sheetz
10 Closer
11 Live for You
12 We're the Greatest
13 Jump On It
14 Hell Yeah
15 Whaddup
Product Attributes
Artist Ll Cool J
Label Savoy Jazz Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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