Sun. Dec. 05, 2021

LL Cool J – I Need Love (Def Jam Recordings)

Classics: LL Cool J – I Need Love (Def Jam Recordings)

“I Need Love”… Not exactly what you might have expected hearing in the Rap scene as a matter of fact. With a big majority of its protagonists dealing with in yer face themes. Such as street life, ghetto thangz. Not to mention gangsterism during the following years.
The second single from LL Cool J‘s 1987 ‘Bigger And Deffer’ album (his second effort), ‘I Need Love’ is referred to as the first Rap ballad (* Wikipedia). Most likely a mellow jam as a matter of fact which would be for much on the reputation of the man as the collest rapper for some time…

Some deeper research and we realize ‘I Need Love’ didn’t come as a coincidence. Meanwhile finding its influence (he melody and the beats) in ‘Zoraida’s Heartbeat. An obscure instrumental which Brooklyn songwriter Jayson Dyall had recorded 3 years before. Sadly (or badly) enough, Dyall never received ackowledgement for his work. Neither from the rapper nor from his label at the end…

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