LL Cool J Showcases Some Storytelling On The Ills Of Street Life (Video)

In the ’80s reign of Def Jam Records, LL Cool J was credited for many things: a ferocious delivery, the ability to engage both sexes as fans, and of course, this ability to put together stellar albums. However, storytelling was more label-mate Slick Rick’s gift, not something regularly associated with the pride of Farmers Boulevard.

On his fourteenth solo LP, G.O.A.T. 2, LL isn’t holding back that gift. “The Hustler” might seem like a chameleon-like effort for a onetime B-Boy to make a Trap track. However, Cool J and Mavado’s street cut is more of a third-person tale about somebody going too hard, too far, too fast.

For the visual, LL hits the New York City streets surrounded by his posse. Now a star on CBS, Cool J shows he’s no stranger to the block.

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