10 Great Rap Songs Ruined by Hip-Hop Nerds

LL Cool J "Mama Said Knock You Out" (1990)

Album: Mama Said Knock You Out
Producer: Marley Marl, Bobby "Bobcat" Ervin
Label: Def Jam Records

LL's been here for years—and so has this song. When we heard it back in 1991, his aggro flow over a Marley Marl beat was like a jolt of electricity, a shot in the arm for one of hip-hop's great pioneers. When we hear it in 2012 we start gritting our teeth, hoping nobody is going to start the same old tired debates-whether Todd James peaked with his debut, what "Pink Cookies in a Plastic Bag" really means, if he jerked Canibus by re-recording his verse, and who really is the G.O.A.T.?

All of these points will be argued while mimicking L.L.'s boxing ring video moves. Ding ding. Standing eight. TKO. Let's call this one off before somebody gets hurt for real. And please don't call it a comeback.

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