8)LL Cool J – I’m Bad

Song: Im Bad

Album: Bigger & Deffer

Year: 1987

Sure there was the goofiness of “Rapper’s Delight”, the cool of Run-DMC,  Kurtis Blow and a pantheon of early slick talkers, but Hip-Hop’s braggadocio may as well have been born with LL Cool J’s “I’m Bad”. I was all of 7 years young when this came out, but I have to imagine James Todd Smith became the man everyone wanted to be and every woman wanted to be with around this time. This was just unbelievable levels of domination, confidence, presence and just slaughter even if cats like Rakim and Kane would go on to prove themselves superior with the lyrics down the line. To say LL ripped it here would be quite the understatement.

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