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L.L. Cool J rips Def Jam, Jay-Z, praises 50 Cent
Although all the promotion in the world could not have saved L.L. Cool J's latest album, in our opinion, he still put some of the blame on Def Jam president Jay-Z. Now, L.L. is making threats about taking his act to another label, and is making it sound like his next album is going to be the equivalent of a baseball player having a career year in a contract season. "How am I gonna re-sign with competition?" L.L. asked MTV. "I'm not an idiot. I can't depend on that man to promote my record while he's somewhere writing rhymes. I'm L.L. Cool J. I ain't doing that."
As for his next -- and possibly final -- album for Def Jam, L.L. said he plans to take The 411 Online's advice, ditch the R&B and put out some classic Cool J. "It's like a Mama Said Knock You Out type of record or Mr. Smith type of record. It's a very good record. My last three records were R&B and more of me getting kinda into the emotional side of what I do. This is the aggressive side. Just ego." Much like Paris refocused Public Enemy on their collaborative effort, it seems working with fellow Queens native 50 Cent has inspired L.L. "My man has a great sensibility," L.L. told MTV. "He knows what I like. We're from Queens. We're seven years apart in age. He knows what I'm into. We come from the same experience, so the music reflects that. And let's face it, 50 reminds me of a place I was in a while ago. I have been running around on tours. I have been in the suites, and I haven't been on the blocks smelling like Guinness lately. It's fun to work with somebody who rekindles those flames and makes me hungry again. It's definitely working." And there's always a chance, if this next album is a big hit, that L.L. will end up back on Def Jam. "I would rock with Def Jam if they wrote a big enough check. Me and Jay would be on that yacht like, 'Hov! Hov! Write that check, homie.'"
-- The 411 Online
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