- Released: March 31, 1998
- Label: Def Jam
Q - 9/95, p.1243 Stars
- Good - "...he was still relentless and 'I Need Love' surpris[ed] the hard core crew by coming on all lovey-dovey..."
Melody Maker - 7/22/95, p.35
"...'I'm Bad' [is LL Cool J's] masterpiece....'I Need Love' [is] acknowledged...as rap's first ballad..."
- 1.I'm Bad
- 3.Get Down
- 4.The Bristol Hotel
- 5.My Rhyme Ain't Done
- 6.357 - (with Break It On Down)
- 7.Go Cut Creator Go
- 8.The Breakthrough
- 9.I Need Love
- 10.Ahh, Let's Get Ill
- 11.The Do Wop
- 12.On the Ill Tip
Personnel includes: LL Cool J (rap vocals); Bobby "Bobcat" Erving (scratches).
Producers: LL Cool J, The L.A. Posse, Darryl Pierce, Dwayne Simon, Bobby Erving.
Recorded at Chung King House Of Metal, New York, New York.
Personnel: Bobby Erving (scratches).
Audio Mixer: Steven Ett.
Recording information: Chung King House Of MEtal, New York, NY.
Photographer: Glen E. Friedman.
BIGGER AND DEFFER was the album which took LL from up-and-coming artist to the mantle of both pop star and rap legend. The title track, the album' s opening mission statement was only one of BIGGER AND DEFFER's memorable hits--"I Need Love," a disarmingly gentle ballad pushed the rap genre in a new direction, contrasting the album's otherwise hard edge with "soft" keyboard track and a confessional, vulnerable lyric. "Go Cut Creator Go" blends crushing guitars and myriad other samples in what remains one of hip-hop's slickest turntable tracks. Though the requisite hometown shoutouts abound, LL extols the virtues of one of New York's less-frequented attractions in "The Bristol Motel," a sordid spot in his native Queens.