1987 has been called a pivotal year in Hip-Hop music. Almost as if we were seeing the passing of the torch, several influential acts began their careers by launching projects in 1987.
One of the most polarizing figures of the 1980s, LL Cool J welcomed BAD: Bigger and Deffer to the world. Although the album is colorful, fun and features one of the most well-known and boastful songs in hip-hop history(I’m Bad), it’s a step down from the pure, unadulterated rawness that was Radio. Though with the power of “I’m Bad” and the original hip-hop love ballad “I Need Love,” LL Cool J still scored another hit as the album achieved mainstream success once again.
Not everything was good for Cool J though. Kool Moe Dee, a member of the pioneering Hip-hop group The Treacherous Three, began denouncing LL Cool J for plagiarizing his style and being a bit too cocky after his mainstream success. It was in 1987 that Kool Moe Dee released “How Ya Like Me Now” which featured LL’s trademark red Kangol hat being crushed under a jeep. Continue reading