"LL Cool J has a place in history as being one of the greatest MCs of all time. But if you heard this album alone, you would wonder why. This album is complete garbage. LL Cool J sells out and tones down his style. He colloborates with P. Diddy, Jennifer Lopez, and Dru Hill, leaving behind his skill to rock the mic. The album includes boring love tracks like "Paradise" and "All I Have.", plus lame materialistic songs like "Mirror Mirror", and "After School." Sure, "Throw Ya L's Up" and "10 Million Stars" have decent verses, which could be an attempt to redeem himself to hardcore rap fans. But if you compare those tracks to 90 percent of the songs from any of the previous nine albums, it will be disappointing. As far as I'm concerned, the only song that has any meaning is " Luv U Better". Although it is another love song, it has great production (by the Neptunes) and great lyrics. This album is called "10", so it's supposed to be a milestone. But he blew it, and made his tenth the worst album yet. LL, apparently it's over for you as an MC. Please stick to acting."
W. LEE | poconos | 07/31/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I love LL, but this was his first album I actually THREW away. Please LL: Stick with the old school, true hard hip hop. All this smoothed out R&B garbage sucks. Really awful. Never measure up to PHENOMENON or 14 SHOTS TO THE DOME, and certainly not up to any of his earlier work. Bad. Really bad."
LL's Last Good LP (Rating: 8 out of 10- -4.0 stars)
Chandler | Atlanta (College Park), Georgia | 03/23/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Wow, not many rappers can make it to their 10th album. That is a huge accomplishment, especially from LL, one of the pioneers of our rap generation. Some say that LL's last good album was Mr. Smith, but in my opinon "10" was his last great one. I think the reason why people didn't like this is because this album was catered to the females, but not as much as his recent LP. I really wasn't feeling the frist single "Luv U Better" but I gave it a try anyway. The second single "Paradise" with Amerie was straight fabolous. It's one of those songs that makes guys appreciate their girlfriend. A lot of these songs were bumping, up tempo tracks, and that is the reason why I like this album. "Born To Love You" and "Fa Ha" were both excellent songs. Even when he uses his deep voice and names every hit song he made on "Mirror Mirror", it's still dope. Even the dedication to his grandmother "Big Mama (Unconditional Love)" was a great song.
As for anything bad. There are a few songs that I think are skippable. "After School" with P. Diddy, I didn't like. Also "Niggy Nuts" is an easily forgettable song. And as I said before, I wasn't feeling the first single "Luv U Better". The production will be the biggest standout on this album. People may hate on this, but this is an excellent album from LL. This was also the very last time when he went strong, and actually put some effort into his albums. This album is more balanced for females, but guys like me enjoy it as well. It's all down hill from this album for Uncle L. 4.0 stars.
Lyrics: B Production: A- Guest Appearances: B Musical Vibes: A- Overall: B+
My Favorite Tracks: Born To Love You, Paradise, Fa Ha, Amazin', U Should, 10 Million Stars, Mirror Mirror, Big Mama (Unconditional Love)
Chandler | 02/20/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"the only thing im mad about is that i got it before track 16 was on the album so i only have the first 15 songs (which is the original version).
best songs: "Unconditional Love" F/Dru Hill "Luv U Better" "Paradise" F/Amerie "After School" F/P. Diddy "Fa Ha""
Kickin...new for his styles...great for groovin to!!!!
johnny martinez | CHI TOWN REPPIN (chicago, illinois) | 02/09/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"he's done it again yall!!! these tracks are bumpin, jumpin, and crunk!!! he mixes his old school style with the new school sound and makes it sound like nothing else!!! HOLLA!!!"