Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Ll Cool J|
Walking With a Panther (Clean)
Genres: Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop
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WALKING WITH A PANTHER?
Patrick Frierson | chicago, Il | 09/18/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"LL has always been one of my favorite rappers. In a way, he was the Richard Roundtree (John Shaft) of his day. A cool dude who defined the masculine black man down to the Tee. Through claiming his microphone superiority, Having all the women, and firing back at any MC who dare oppose or questions his skills, He was (and still is) a Bad muthaf*cka in his own right.
Walking with A Panther has his best as well as his most dreadful tracks he ever recorded. If this overlong 20 track album was trimmed down to a 12 track opus, It would rival Mama Said Knock you Out as being his best album. But as it stands, classic gems like "Droppin Em" and "Im that Type of Guy" are seqeunced with forgettable tracks like the rap ballads One shot at love, You're my Heart, and Two Different Worlds. While Big Old Butt is one of his classic skirt chasing (A** chasing rather) tracks, 1-900 Cool J tries to duplicate that potency to no avail. This CD should be remastered with and trimmed down by dropping the filler
Desired track selection:
1. Droppin Em
2. Smokin Dopin
3. Fast Peg
4. Clap Your Hands
6. I'm That type of Guy
7. Why do you think They call it Dope?
8. Going Back To Cali
9. It gets No Rougher
10.Big ole Butt
12.Jack the Ripper
This would of made a 4.5 star album instead of a barely above average album.
A good, if uneven, effort
Robert Johnson | Richmond, KY USA | 08/16/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Though a big commercial success upon it's release (it hit the Top Ten and sold Platinum), WALKING WITH A PANTHER is largely considered to be a disappointment by many of LL's biggest fans. True, it is not in the same league as RADIO or BIGGER AND DEFFER in terms of consistency and cohesiveness, but PANTHER is actually quite good on it's own terms.
LL's emotional range as a performer remains as impressive as ever. He can run the gauntlet from explosively bold ("Nitro") to smoothly seductive ("You're My Heart") to deliriously horny ("Jingling Baby") and back again. The best track is easily the sophisticated jazz-rap tour de force "Going Back To Cali" (#31 Pop, #12 R&B), which had been previously released on the LESS THAN ZERO soundtrack. This surprising maturity is also found in the deep lyrics to "Jealous" (which is one of the more sparsely-produced tracks here) and the disturbing "Fast Peg" (which starts out like a typical ode to lust but comes to a chilling end).
The album's biggest hit was the boasting "I'm That Type Of Guy" (#15 Pop, #7 R&B, #1 Rap), but the disc's best macho anthem is actually the tight and very funny "Clap Your Hands." Unfortunately, LL's humor mostly falls flat elsewhere, with the dull "Big Ole Butt" and "1-900 LL Cool J" (both of which have no hooks or wit) being the prime offenders. Even worse are the crop of "I Need Love"-rip-offs. "You're My Heart" succeeds due to LL's intense performance, but "One Shot At Love" and "Two Different Worlds" are almost laughably lame.
The biggest problem with PANTHER is that it does not have enough quality material to justify it's long 76 minute runtime and many of the strong tracks get bogged down by filler. However, PANTHER has more than enough strong moments to make it a good release. Interestingly enough, the B-side to the "Going Back To Cali" single (the terrific "Jack The Ripper") wasn't included here, even though it's actually much better than half the songs that did make the cut."
LL Cool J definitely among Top 5 of the oldest of old school
robthompson43 | Memphis, TN USA | 08/21/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"While Cool James and rappers like Ice T and Kool Moe Dee may have had their differences, there is no denying that LL Cool J is representative of the mid to late 80s rap scene. Partly due to his flamboyant style (whose idea was it to put a gold chain on a panther anyway?) and boyish good looks and partly due to his ability as a rapper, LL Cool J was part of the crowd (including party-anthem writer Rob Base and Kid-N-Play - remember House Party?) that helped to push rap out of the streets and into suburban malls.While LL Cool J's abilities as a lyricist are at times questionable (ok, you're dope, we got it), songs like I'm That Type of Guy and Going Back to Cali are classic LL. My personal favorite, Big Ole Butt, is clearly a precursor to Sir Mix A Lot's One-Hit-Wonderdom, and Jingling Baby reinforced why LL was LL (ladies love him). There are several other songs on this album that are significant for one reason or another, but as with most things, success in pop culture continues to define the albums overall success almost 15 years later.Bottomline: If you are a big fan of 80s rap, grab this one. If not, pass. But either way, more people remember LL than Kool or T (despite his being crowned the world's greatest pimp), so ole' James must have been doing something right!"