LL Cool J was born dangerous, which means born to be considered one of hip-hop's most underappreciated superstars. “By the point I received that gear, I used to be already a rapper," LL advised The New York Occasions in 1987. "I received into it once I was about 9, and since then all I needed was to make a file and listen to it on the radio."
The Queens rapper, generally known as James Todd Smith, cemented his status because the baddest rapper within the recreation, courting again to 1987 when he launched the lead single “I’m Unhealthy” off his Larger and Deffer (BAD) album. The venture had the identical, rock-rap vibe as his Rick Rubin-produced debut, Radio, besides this time, the venture’s supervising producer, Russell Simmons, recruited L.A. Posse to put down the beats. What resulted was an aggressive observe that sampled the S.W.A.T theme tune by Rhythm Heritage, Federal Sign Company’s Q2B siren and the observe “Rock the Bells,” from the rapper’s earlier work.