James Todd Smith popularly known as LL Cool J has contributed immensely to the rap game. He flows really hard like “Mama Said Knock You Out” or keeps it slow for the ladies like he did in “I Need Love”. It comes as no surprise people compare his style to Drake. In a recent interview with Complex, LL reminded all hip hop faithfuls that he “paved the way” for the likes of the Canadian rapper, Fabolous, Jadakiss and others.
“I’m very grateful, very thankful and I’m glad that it created a genre,” he said. “I’m glad that now, years later, a Fabolous can go out and do his thing and still be very well-respected as a lyricist. Jadakiss can do his love song and still be well-respected as a lyricist.
“I put that love [and] female [based] vibe in there that gives dudes, like, you know, these guys a lane. People compare me to Drake all the time, but we’re very different artists because I have a lot of hard records and I’m very diverse. But in that aspect of my career, it paved the way for guys like that … who I’m happy for. I like a lot of his music too.”
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