Neighbors, before their was a Drake, their was an LL Cool J giving us those love rap songs and appealing to the ladies. When it came to rapping and stepping outside of that box to create love songs as well, LL Cool J said he paved the way for it to be okay for rap artists to do that.
In an interview with Complex, Mr. Cool J, talked about how when he stepped outside of that hardcore rap box back in the day and transition into making rap love songs like, “I Need Love,” that he ended up receiving some backlash. Back in the day hip-hop’s gatekeepers didn’t allow anything that wasn’t considered hardcore or “street” through its carefully guarded doors. He’s glad that he’s opened up that lane though for these new rap artists.
“I’m very grateful, very thankful and I’m glad that it created a genre,” he said. “I’m glad that now, years later, a Fabolous can go out and do his thing and still be very well-respected as a lyricist,” he said. “A Jadakiss can do his love song and still be well-respected as a lyricist.”
He added, “I put Loveland that female, that vibe in there that gives dudes, like, you know, these guys a lane. People compare me to Drake all the time, but we’re very different artists because I have a lot of hard records and I’m very diverse. But in that aspect of my career, it paved the way for guys like that… who I’m happy for. I like a lot of his music too.”
Neighbors, what y’all think?