LL Cool J – Year of the Hip Hop (Previously Unreleased)

Cover art by Joe Buck

You know that we are all about the Hip Hop here at FMF, or shall I say good Hip Hop. A few months back we showcased Paul Nice feat. Masta Ace with “BK We Don’t Play” from Slice-of-Spice Records, and now we have this unearthed treasure trove of goodness from 1994 featuring Marley Marl star student K-Def and young LL Cool J. Here’s how the story goes according to the label:

“Back in 1994 K-Def was working on some beats out of the B Room in Marly Marl’s House Of Hits when LL Cool J walked in on his session and said “let’s make some tracks together”. Uncle L had always wanted to rhyme on a track using the famous ESG breakbeat ‘UFO’, so he had Def lay it down with some scratches and then went to town with the mic. Both thought they had a sure fire hit on their hands but unfortunately it was never used.

The DAT tape of the studio session was feared lost for several years before it eventually turned up stuck behind a radiator! Now, 17 years later, K-Def and Slice-of-Spice are proud to present ‘Year Of The Hip Hop’ in all its vinyl glory.”

Here’s what you get with the vinyl release:

  • Full color cover done by the great Joe Buck
  • 3mm spine on cover
  • Hand numbered from press of 500

Of course you get this 17 year old behind the radiator Uncle L joint with K-Def flipping the “UFO” beat, which I think is brilliant.

Pre-order this Slice of Spice goodness here.


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One response to “LL Cool J – Year of the Hip Hop (Previously Unreleased)

  1. Wow, the good old days of hip hop. LL gets hardly any credit but his style really changed hip hop to what it is today. Nobody else rapped like he did when he first came out. Classic.

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