The DEFinition From tracks that sound like Missy Elliott castoffs (courtesy of producer Timbaland) to a glut of hook-girl pop, LL Cool J's latest, The DEFinition ,… The DEFinition From tracks that sound like Missy Elliott castoffs (courtesy of producer Timbaland) to a glut of hook-girl pop, LL Cool J's latest, The DEFinition ,… 2004-08-31 LL Cool J Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

The DEFinition (2004)

LL Cool J | CHIN UP At least you still LOOK good, LL
CHIN UP At least you still LOOK good, LL
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Aug 31, 2004; Lead Performance: LL Cool J; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

From tracks that sound like Missy Elliott castoffs (courtesy of producer Timbaland) to a glut of hook-girl pop, LL Cool J's latest, The DEFinition, seeks to make one of hip-hop's longtime and most singular rhymers once again appear relevant. But the party jams and lovemaking odes are merely competent genre exercises that bury his still-sharp voice. And why didn't someone stop him from revealing his rich-and-removed cluelessness with lines like ''I'm still a teen pop idol, like Hanson''?

Originally posted Sep 10, 2004 Published in issue #782-783 Sep 10, 2004 Order article reprints