LL Cool J has always said he was the greatest rapper of all time but now he says he has another reason to give him that status! The rapper turned actor said he was the first rapper to add heartfelt love songs into the genre!
The Queens born Icon in an interview talked about his career in the industry and he touched on his 1987 song “I Need Love” paving the way for other rappers to do love songs.
Although the track is considered a classic now, LL said he got a lot of backlash back then for going against traditional hip-hop norms, even though the song was a huge hit at the time. He talked about when he got booed at a concert in London when he performed the hit.
“They didn’t even understand this idea at the time that hip-hop could go there. But, you know, that’s part of being a pioneer,” LL said.
He agreed that it did feel like he had to “carry the cross so that the guys of today can do the same” but he doesn’t regret it.
“I’m glad that it created a genre. I’m glad that now, years later, a Fabolous can go out and do his thing and still be very well respected as a lyricist,” he told Complex. “A Jadakiss can do his love song and still be well respected as a lyricist.”
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