LL Cool J – The Year Of The Hip Hop

January 16, 2012

As the story goes…

Back in 1994 K-Def was working on some beats out of the B Room in Marley Marl’s House Of Hits when LL Cool J walked in on his session and said “let’s make some tracks together”. Uncle L had always wanted to rhyme on a track using the famous ESG breakbeat ‘UFO’, so he had Def lay it down with some scratches and then went to town with the mic. Both thought they had a sure fire hit on their hands but unfortunately it was never used.

The DAT tape of the studio session was feared lost for several years before it eventually turned up stuck behind a radiator! Now, 17 years later, K-Def and Slice-of-Spice are proud to present ‘Year Of The Hip Hop’ in all its vinyl glory.

The recording has been restored/touched up by K-Def in 2011. Joe Buck has done a fine job with the artwork and Slice Of Spice have cut no corners with the bright orange pressing, gold numbering and overall mind blowing end product. What suprises me most is how such a dope track can go missing….

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