David Browne
December 20, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

All World: The Greatest Hits

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
LL Cool J
Producers
Def Jam
genre
Reissues, Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it an A

One of rap’s original B-boys, LL Cool J, didn’t survive on his charm or waggish vocal chops alone. As the relentlessly engaging hits package, All World, proves, he deftly segued from snarling boasts to cuddly come-ons, just as his tracks kept improving — from the early electro-beats of ”Rock the Bells” through the funky swing of ”Jingling Baby” and beyond. An essential hip-hop collection — even if it doesn’t include 1989’s naughty-by-nature ode ”I’m That Type of Guy.” A

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