MIAMI — LL Cool J may not know how many more albums he has left in him, but he definitely plans to bring some fire to his 11th opus, DEFinition, which he began recording recently.
"I'm just gonna work on this record," said L, who was honored at The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards held October 13 (see "50 Cent, Nelly, Lil' Kim Win Big At Source Awards; Ja Rule Gets Booed"). "God willing, I'm going to make one of the best records I have ever made. Really focus on it, have a good time with it and just do what I do. That's my plan."
While walking the Miami Arena's red carpet earlier that evening, the microphone legend explained that his album title reflects what he thinks is fly about hip-hop and what he does. To ensure that his records maintain flavor, the Queens, New York, native is looking toward Kentucky native 7 Aurelius and Virginia's Neptunes and Timbaland.
"Me and Timbaland are talking about working together real soon, actually," he said. "I got a couple of other producers I'm working with. Me and Pharrell have been talking about doing more records. 7 has been talking about doing records. Whether I have some guest appearances or not, I'm not sure, but we'll see. I won't say no. I've been talking to a lot of different artists in passing, and we're always saying, 'Let's do something.' I got a few joints already. I like them, but I'm just starting, just getting my feet wet. And God willing, it will be better than my last album."
It's still up in the air like a jump ball whether or not LL's next movie, "Mind Hunters," will be better than his last flick, "S.W.A.T." But he says one area his January thriller with Val Kilmer and Christian Slater has "S.W.A.T." beat is in the blood-flow department (see "LL Cool J, Christian Slater To Take On New Jobs In 'Mindhunters' ") .
"It's a gory, crazy, nuts type of movie about a serial killer who's hunting serial-killer profilers and knocking them off one by one. It's bizarre, crazy. I play a Philadelphia homicide detective who gets thrust into the middle of all these murders.
"I have another movie coming out: 'Slow Burn,' with Ray Liotta, Mekhi Phifer and Taye Diggs. It's like 'The Usual Suspects' meets 'Body Heat.' My character is hard to describe because it's one of those crazy, all-over-the-place movies."
Will there be a "S.W.A.T." sequel? "I'm not sure," answered the chiseled MC . "If they decide to make one, I will have a little something to do with it, God willing."