Just short of a year in the making, L.L. Cool J's eighth album, "The G.O.A.T." (The Greatest Of All Time), set to be released on August 22, boasts a bevy of hip-hop and R&B's hitmakers, as was revealed at a listening party on Tuesday in New York.
Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, and Jayo Felony join Uncle L. on the track "Can't Think," which addresses L.L.'s well-publicized troubles with actor-comedian Jamie Foxx on the set of the 1999 film "Any Given Sunday." R&B crooner Kelly Price, who will soon release her second album, "Mirror Mirror," guests on the track "U & Me."
Following in the tradition of L.L.'s last posse cut "4, 3, 2, 1," which featured DMX, Redman, Method Man, Canibus, and Master P on the remix (and prompted the lyrical battle between L.L. and Canibus), "Forget About It" spotlights verses from the returning DMX, Red, and Meth.
Mobb Deep's Prodigy guests on a track titled "Queens Sh**" produced by Havoc, the other half of the Queens hip-hop duo. Other producers
featured on the project include EPMD's DJ Scratch, Q-Tip, Lofey, Self, Trackmasters, Ty Fyffe, and Vada Nobles.
The album's first single, "Imagine That," produced by Da Rockwilder, has already hit radio, while the Hype Williams-helmed clip for the second single "Hello," starring Amil of the Roc-A-Fella camp, is set to debut early July.
Meanwhile, L.L. Cool J is currently filming "Kingdom Come" with Whoopi Goldberg, and next month the MC-turned-actor will begin filming a remake of the '70s classic "Rollerball" (see "Toni Braxton Joins L.L. Cool J In 'Kingdom Come'").
Here's what you'll find on "The G.O.A.T." when it arrives on August 22 (with tracks listed in no particular order):
- "Imagine That"
- "L.L. Cool J"
- "Queens Sh**"
- "Mirror Mirror"
- "Legendary N****"
- "East To West"
- "U & Me"
- "Forget About It"
- "Can't Think"
- "Back Where I Belong"
- "Live Me Life"
- "Ill Bomb"