Today’s Flashback looks back at LL Cool J’s second album, Bigger And Deffer (BAD for short). While LL established himself as a force to be reckoned with with his 1985 debut, Radio, Bigger And Deffer catapulted him to another level of success and respect among his peers. The album peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Hip Hop/R&B charts (number 3 overall) and featured several fantastic tracks, including ‘Kanday’, ‘Go Cut Creator Go’ (a very under-appreciated LL track), and the smash hit ‘I’m Bad’ (my personal favorite on the record).
That said, Bigger And Deffer is perhaps best known for the groundbreaking Hip Hop love ballad, ‘I Need Love’. This track, arguably the first of its kind, introduced a softer, female fan friendly style to Rap music and proved to the masses that LL Cool J (an acronym for Ladies Love Cool James) had a lot of range. Sporting his trademark Kangols and gold chains, LL Cool J pushed Hip Hop to new heights with Bigger And Deffer and for that we salute him!
“No rapper can rap quite like I can! I take a muscle-bound man and put his face in the sand!”