LL Cool J has come a long way from the days of wearing adidas tracksuits, Kangol bucket hats, gold chains, and reppin’ that old school sound. Although he doesn’t go as hard on the mic these days, he has become quite the businessman in the industry, and has established himself as a rapper with one of the longest-running careers in the game. Today, however, fans should reflect back on his beginning days much more heavily, as it’s the 30th anniversary of the release of his debut album, Radio.
The project was released via Def Jam Records, and was the very first major release from the label started by Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin. At the time, LL was one of the first artists signed to them at just 19 years old, and quickly became a ladies man, hence his stage name. The album had his earliest rhymes on it, with tracks like “I Need A Beat,” “I Need Love,” and the project’s signature, “I Can’t Live Without My Radio.”
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30 years ago, LL Cool J set things off in hip hop with his debut album.