Week 12.docx - Jan 7th 2013 FIRST CLASS OF WINTER SEM LL Cool J stands for Ladies Love Cool James He says hes been rapping since 9years young Skeptical

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Jan 7 th , 2013 FIRST CLASS OF WINTER SEM LL Cool J – stands for Ladies Love Cool James He says hes been rapping since 9years young Skeptical people states In hip hop – artists have a short career in 80s and 90s o What rises usually falls o Public enemy is an example (they have their time, but longevity is a concern People are doing demos at this time in casket tapes (hoping to get signed by a record label) LL cool J sent a lot of demos to a lot of record label but only Def Jam accepted him In the beginning, he was so significant o 1984 when we first heard LL Cool J - I need a beat (single) He was only 16years old 100,000 copies sold This also helped Def Jam Def Jam labels sounded better compared to other record labels just like Sugarhill record labels o 16years old first album called RADIO In order to do that he decides to drop out of high school Unlike Run DMC who decided to go to university LL first rapper to release an album and a single in DEF JAM This first album went platinum (sold over 1M) Help shaped hip hop into something more significant o LL COOL J – I CANT LIVE WITHOUT MY RADIO (single) o The boombox was a big thing, it showed your identity, you made friends that way. Hearing music is not common so people liked it. It also showed that you were strong b/c boomboxes are heavy He was a sex symbol at a very young age. 17years old, first movie appearance called Fresh Groove? Fresh CREW?
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