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10-02-2005, 10:51 PM
LL Cool J Says Lyrics Needs Balance
by: Michael Ivey
Sun, October 2nd, 2005

VH1’s recent “Hip Hop Honors” lifetime achievement award recipient, LL Cool J, feels there are too many gangsters in rap.

According to one of the longest tenured professionals in music today (twenty plus years) the only way hip hop can lose it’s violent image is if emcees stop coming out as shooters and crack dealers.

LL Cool J is definitely encouraged by the lucrative business the music generates, saying “I think it’s afforded a lot of people great lifestyles.” However, his knowledge of the social impact rap lyrics have on youth and casual listeners prompted a call for more positive messages. He says, “so many people who are not really used to rap or don’t know anything about it think that that’s all there is.”

As an entertainer known more for his female oriented songs and hard core delivery, not content, LL feels the culture as a whole would benefit from more balance.


10-03-2005, 03:12 AM
very true.