Label: Def Jam/Columbia/CBS Records
Worst Song: "You're My Heart"


In 1989, times were changing and Afrocentrism and Black Power were the prevailing themes in rap. It looked like LL was adapting to the times by putting a black panther (get it?) on the cover of his third album but none of the songs on the actual album followed that pattern. LL was left looking super out of touch in hip-hop's new conscious climate. The album did have a few minor hits, but there's a reason why the lead single of his following album, Mama Said Knock You Out, opened with the line, "Don't call it a comeback," even though it was.

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