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Mr. Smith L.L. Cool J Mr. Smith (Def Jam) As a hip-hop pioneer in the '80s, L.L. Cool J was an archetypal B-boy prodigy. Now, as a ...Mr. SmithHip-Hop/Rap L.L. Cool J Mr. Smith (Def Jam) As a hip-hop pioneer in the '80s, L.L. Cool J was an archetypal B-boy prodigy. Now, as a ...1995-12-08
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Mr. Smith

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap; Status: In Season

L.L. Cool J Mr. Smith (Def Jam) As a hip-hop pioneer in the ’80s, L.L. Cool J was an archetypal B-boy prodigy. Now, as a prime-time TV star, he’s an elder statesman. This belated return to the studio finds him on familiar ground, playing equal parts cutup, seducer, and gangsta. And while his cutting-edge days are well behind him, this is far from the self-parodying effort we had every reason to expect. B

Originally posted December 8 1995 — 12:00 AM EST

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