Rap Was Changed Forever When This Record Dropped 25 Years Ago

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LL Cool J is one of the most consistent MC’s in the game, and has been around since hip hop was just taking off in the mid-80’s. The rapper has been going hard on the microphone since he signed to Def Jam in 1985, but there were some monumental music moments that still go down in history since then. This past week, LL recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of his critically acclaimed “Mama Said Knock You Out” single being released to the public. This is definitely something we need to acknowledge and celebrate within hip hop as a community.


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Read more on the “Mama Said Knock You Out” anniversary on the following pages.

The anniversary of “Mama Said Knock You Out”

25 years ago, today. More to come…

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The track was the title track to the 4th studio album released by LL back in September of 1990. It climbed up to being no. 17 on the charts after its release, and was produced by Marley Marl. It also landed LL a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance.

Inspiration behind the song

London with the Beastie Boys. #TBT

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The inspiration for the song was actually triggered by LL Cool J’s grandmother at the time. While many believed that his career was waning, his grandmother told him to go out and “knock out” the competition at the time. The single was a huge success, along with the album, and it completely worked.