Authentic is LL Cool J's 13th studio album and his first album in five years. He still sounds fresh and youthful. The album starts off with Bath Salt, a great club track. He immediately slows it down on the second track "Not Leaving You" with Eddie Van Halen coming in for his first of two guest appearances he has on here. New Love is a bouncy club track featuring legend Charlie Wilson on the hook. We Came To Party has LL Cool J coming thru in his old-school flow, I like this alot. He talks about being the oldest person in the club, going to down south, and the new generation of youth. Give Me Love features award winning r&b singer Seal, LL goes Ladies Love mode on here, it almost sounds like he's whispering his lyrics. Something About You (Love The World) is hit song with Charlie Wilson and Earth, Wind & Fire. Bartender Please about staying real and not acting out of character, swagging out. Whaddup features Chuck D and Tom Morello, this is another 80's rap sounding track. Between the Sheets is one of my favorite tracks, it's a classic Ladies love track in the current times flavor. Give it up is LL on a new-jack style R&B beat. We're the Greatest is a hip-hop/rock song featuring Eddie Van Halen and Travis Barker, this is my favorite track and personal favorite, it's not really commercial or mainstream, but I don't care. Waiting for you is another song for the ladies with r&b legend Babyface on the hook. Jump On It is LL spittin real hip hop lyrics over a dope beat. Take It features r&b singer Joe, its a great hit song, I'm glad he saved a great song for the end. Remember Me is the final track, he talks about youth, congress, jail time, drug dealing, remembering where you came from. A song that was left off the album was "Ratchet" this track LL talks about a scandalous girl who goes all-in for your money, I personally like this track a lot but it was cut from the tracklisting due to people's outrage over it.
Overall I give this album 5 out of 5 stars. I was extrememly satisfied with this album. LL delivered on his lyrics and the all star cast of R&B singers are amazing, Babyface, Seal, Earth Wind & Fire, Eddie Van Halen. Wow. LL's been doin music a while and he seems to entwine every age of hip hop in his music, he can instantly switch into old school then to 90's rap, then to the current style in a split second.
- SIC ILL
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