Flashback Friday: LL Cool J and Common

Playa, what a tumultuous week in music. MGK trying to go to war with Eminem, Nas airing dirty laundry with his ex Kelis, EVERYBODY SO MAD. This Friday, we try to bring the love back.

bigger and deffer

LL Cool J, Bigger and Deffer (1987)

If you know rap like I know rap, the SECOND you hear this beat drop you immediately say:

When I’m alone in my room
Sometimes I stare at the wall
And in the back of my mind
I hear my conscience call
Telling me I need a girl who’s as sweet as a dove
For the first time in my life, I see I need love

Now THAT is a hip-hop classic, and LL’s Bigger and Deffer album is one of his career standouts.

Also check out:

“I’m Bad”

“Go Cut Creator Go”


Common, Like Water for Chocolate (2000)

Like Water for Chocolate is the crown jewel of Common’s discography and nothing burns brighter than “The Light,” one of the best odes to black love ever recorded. Of course, this is far from a one-track album. Like Water for Chocolate was way ahead of its time – it’s very culturally relevant for today’s times.

Also check out:

“The 6th Sense”

“Geto Heaven Part 2”

Now, it’s your turn. Email soulinstereoblog@gmail.com  hit me up on Twitter @etbowser, or stop by the comments section and share your Flashback Friday album. Leave a couple of sentences describing what makes it so great. I’ll feature your album on the blog.


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