Today In Hip-Hop: LL Cool J Releases ‘Radio’

On this day, November 18, in hip-hop history... 1985: Recorded when he was a mere 17 years old, LL Cool J's Radio is a true landmark in the history of hip-hop. As the first full-length album released on the legendary hip-hop label Def Jam, Radio made an indelible mark on rap music for not only the historic nature of its release but the powerful quality of the music. "Reduced by Rick Rubin" as the back cover credits the celebrated superproducer, Radio features Rubin's aggressive, skeletal production—at times, merely amped up beat-boxing and DJ scratching—and LL's brash, confident rhymes; both elements come together ...

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