LL Cool J Says He Paved The Way For Artists Like Drake To Make Rap Love Songs
In a recent interview with Complex Media, Hip Hop legend LL Cool J discussed his legacy, and how he paved the way for certain artists to make RAP love songs.
The Queens icon expressed the backlash he received for making his hit song “I Need Love” during a time when rap was supposed to be very hardcore.
“You gotta remember, hip-hop was, still is to a certain extent, but back then it was really conservative and if the energy wasn’t testosterone, like I’m punching you in your face, kicking the door down, you don’t get a lot of credit.”
LL Cool J went on to address his comparisons to artists like Drake, and stated:
“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.”
Take a look at the clip below: 8:42 mark