LL Cool J Proud To Pave The Way For Drake, Others

'It's pretty obvious that what Dr. Dre and N.W.A did for gangsta rap music, I did for romantic music,' LL tells MTV News.

When it comes to hip-hop lotharios, [artist id="932"]LL Cool J[/artist] pretty much set the blueprint for romantic rap when he dropped “I Need Love” in 1987. Now, nearly every rap release includes at least one song that pulls on the heart strings of women, and artists like Ja Rule, Fabolous and Drake have dedicated much of their catalog to the fairer sex.

For an artist like [artist id="2545682"]Drake[/artist], his ability to speak to women on songs like “Best I Ever Had,” “Find Your Love,” “Fancy” and “Marvins Room” has earned him an adoring and dedicated female fanbase. The “Mama Said Knock You Out” MC admitted that he enjoyed DJ Khaled’s Drake-featuring “I’m on One,” but outside of that, no one in rap’s newest generation has really caught his attention.

“It’s pretty obvious that what Dr. Dre and N.W.A did for gangsta rap music, I did for romantic music and music with females,” Uncle L told MTV News on the black carpet for the BET Hip Hop Awards , where he will be rewarded with the I Am Hip Hop lifetime-achievement award when the show airs next Tuesday.

“I basically started a section of a genre and created it and put it out there, and now lots of people are doing it. I think it’s great. The more, the better. It’s better than downing them and telling [women] they ain’t nothing,” LL said before speaking of Drizzy’s catalog specifically. “So I’m happy for him and I’m glad he decided to go that lane, and I wish everybody the best.”

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