Celebrate 30 years of 'Mama Said Knock You Out' with LL COOL J's track-by-track special featuring Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Queen Latifah, & more
LL COOL J's iconic fourth album, Mama Said Knock You Out, has been here for years — 30 years, to be exact — and LL COOL J's Rock the Bells Radio (Ch. 43) on SiriusXM is celebrating the special LP anniversary with an exclusive track-by-track special, hosted by the hip-hop legend himself.
30 Years of LL COOL J's Mama Said Knock You Out on LL COOL J's Rock the Bells Radio will feature LL COOL J as well as special guests including Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Queen Latifah, Busta Rhymes and more taking you through every song from the album, including the legendary title track, as well as "Around the Way Girl," "To da Break of Dawn," and "The Boomin' System."
The special will air on LL COOL J's exclusive SiriusXM channel today, September 10 at 10:00 pm ET with rebroadcasts throughout the weekend and will be available On Demand on the SiriusXM app.
Full Broadcast Schedule (all times EST):
- Thursday, September 10 at 10pm
- Friday, September 11 at 8am and 9pm
- Saturday, September 12 at 2am, 7am, 12pm, 5pm, and 9pm
- Sunday, September 13 at 6am, 11am, 3pm, and 8pm
- Monday, September 14 at 12am
Eminem Introduces "Mama Said Knock You Out":
"'Mama Said Knock You Out' to me it was such an unorthodox hit. Like it's another way that I'm saying like LL has been such an innovator is because a song like that, for a song like that to be a hit. He, he is so raw on that song that something like that could become a hit is it just changed the whole game because you didn't have to have like a singy pop hook or anything like that to like get on the radio and radio played the fuck out this song. And to me it was not even a in attempt. It wasn't even an attempt to make a hit. It was more like him getting his shit off his chest, but the song was so good that you couldn't front on it. And it just became something that was just organic. Like it's, it's a, it gives you chills, man. This is 'Mama Said Knock You Out'. Let's get into it on Rock the Bells Radio."
Eminem Introduces "Eat Em Up L Chill":
"Yeah, Marshall here! We are on Rock the Bells Radio, and we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of 'Mama Said Knock You Out'. One of the reasons to me that this album, it makes it so significant is because it was LL Cool. J's fourth album. And to me, it was his fourth classic in a row. So one of my favorites on this album, I'll start with 'Eat Em Up L Chill'.
Bring on the mo's and ho's
Don't snooze or doze
'Cause I'm rippin up shows
Hold your nose, dead bodies are around
I leave scratch marks under the tears of a clown
Like that. His vocal tone on that and the way the beat shout to Marley Marl, by the way, cause the beat on this fucking song is crazy in the way LL's rhyme schemes compliment this beat and vice versa is incredible."
Queen Latifah Introduces "Around the Way Girl":
"This is Queen Latifah and you're listening to 30 years of 'Mama Said Knock You Out'. It's not even fair to ask somebody to pick their favorite record off the 'Mama Said Knock You Out' album. I mean, when it comes to street, power, 'Mama Said Knock You Out' would be that record. But for me, I mean, I really feel like L owed me some money because I literally went and got a system put in my car because I had to knock 'The Boomin' System'. 'The Boomin' System' was the song that was like, what? Yo, I had so many kickers in my car. I had subwoofers, I had tweeters. It cost me a lot of money. Plus I had a seven 35 BMW was my first fresh whip off this hip hop money. So, you know, I had to give fly with it…. I'm going to have to go with '[The] Boomin' System' as, as the song that really resonated in, in, in a serious way like that. But truthfully, as a woman, I got to give it up to 'Around the Way Girl', that song made me feel like somebody was speaking to me, not speaking to me in a derogatory way, but really just giving me a shout out me and all of the girls like me from the neighborhood, you know, because I think a lot of people thought, Hey, you give some money, a guy get some money and he wants to get some Superfly supermodel, but you know, LL made us feel like the supermodels. He made us feel like the queens, he made us feel like we were worthy of everything that he was working towards, that empire he was working to build. So, you know, I got to give it up for, for him for giving it up for the girls around away."
Busta Rhymes Introduces 'Mama Said Knock You Out':
"'The Mama Said Knock You Out' album is significant because not only did it display a different kind of level of skill set, passion, conviction, and performance ability from L, but it also displayed for the first time to our culture, what it was to be the MC that was an elder statesman that displayed a clear and a concise performance ability of what it was to be current new and fresh in the marketplace and in the streets and in the clubs. And it was just a real powerful exemplification of what superstardom was for our city and for the whole culture and for the whole art form, like just globally, you know what I'm saying? Around the world, like people was able to look at L as one of the first examples of what it was to be a don like bow down and kiss the ring. Fuck you doing like, fuck you talking about, you know what I'm saying? So the diversity, the range, the ability to make shit that appealed to the street, the ability that L made shit to appeal to mainstream America, it was just profound. And 'Mama Said Knock You Out' was a clear display of the perfect balance. So, you know, with that being said, I just think, we owe it to L in a whole another kind of way. Not only to give it up to him and salute him as one of the greatest to ever do it, but also give it up to him and salute him as being a one of one to be one of the greatest and one of the best to ever do it, because the way he did it, it ain't really never been done. Like how he did it before him, during him or after him ever again, to this day, we love you L! I salute you big bro. And thank you for everything you gave me directly and indirectly."