News: LL Cool J Tosses Out Retirement Talk, Reveals Comeback Album [Video]

Tuesday, Jun 8, 2010 10:15AM

Written by Rosario Harper

Rap veteran LL Cool J recently announced his intention to drop a follow-up to his "final" 2008 release, Exit 13.

The rap pioneer said he's not going to rush the untitled record.

"I will take my time, and if it takes two more years, it will take two more years," he said in an interview. "But it will be relevant for who I am at this point in my life as a human being. And those who want to hear it will be able to live with it and love it and those who can't appreciate it because it doesn't sound 'pop' enough, can absolutely ignore it. And I'm comfortable with that." (Hip Hop N More)

Last July, LL hinted at possibly making a return to the rap game.

"Two things, first of all, making albums is a way of expressing my creativity," LL explained. "So I can express my creativity through business. I can express my creativity through my clothing line. I can express my creativity through the different ventures I have. I still wanna do live music and I still do live concerts so people will see me on tour. I'm just not running around looking for a record deal like 'Please listen to my demo.' [laughs] Like right now, that's not what I want to do right now." ("The View")

His last album, Exit 13, dropped in 2008 and marked his final release under Def Jam.

The album title refers to the fact that this is LL's 13th album on Def Jam and the last on his contract. It's been a rocky relationship, with LL questioning some of Jay-Z's managerial decisions and claiming the label didn't properly promote some of his albums, but he says things are better now. "We're back on the same page, it feels great," says the MC, who has said he's glad that Jay-Z is no longer running the label. "It's my last record on the contract." (Rolling Stone)

LL previously spoke with SOHH about the project's overall feel and how much of an impact 50 Cent had on the release.

"50 is not executive producing the whole album be we did a whole album together and I used like four or five songs," he explained. "I didn't want to be '51 Cent.' I want to make sure that I was giving them L. God knows that the last thing I needed to do is wait 'til my 13th album and play son-son and all that." (SOHH)

No further details have been revealed as of now.

Check out LL Cool J's interview down below:

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