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9. Mama Said Knock You Out (1991)

After the somewhat forgettable release of “Walking With A Panther,” fans were a little concerned about LL’s career choices. But it wouldn’t take too long for the Queens rapper to release of “Mama Said Knock You Out.” The title track samples Sly & The Family Stone and it’s hard to think that LL was talking about comebacks only six years after coming on the scene but fickle fans and critics were set straight.

8. Jingling Baby (remix) (1990)

This was the last single from third album “Walking With A Panther”, and although the album didn’t exactly have audiences taking a walk with any kind of panther, Marley Marl remixed this track and delivered a solid single. The track won Best Rap Solo Performance at The Grammy Awards and made its way up to number 32 on the Hot R&B/ Hip-Hop Songs.

7. I’m Bad (1987)

This song was the first single from LL’s sophomore album, 1987’s “Bigger and Deffer.” Riding a menacing bassline courtesy of “Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse” and dramatic sounds from “Theme From S.W.A.T,” LL took his declaration of bravado to the next level and made everyone wonder where they could get Cool J Cookies.

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