Rap veteran LL Cool J has continued talks of his post-rap retirement album and said he would not let commercial records dictate his music.
The 42 year-old emcee also said he did not have a time table on when to drop his next album.
“I’m starting to think about it and I am going to do it,” he told Extra when asked about a possible musical comeback. “The key is for me is that when I do it, it has to be really important and it has to be something original. It can’t be me trying to sound like what’s acceptable because this is what is played on the radio today because that is so tired and boring and no one really cares about it…It has to be something with some substance and some depth…Until I can create that kind of record I’m not putting anything out. I don’t care how many years it takes.” (Music Rooms)
Last month, LL said he was not going to allow fan pressure to control what type of records he made.
“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 September 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)
Check out LL Cool J speaking on a post-retirement album down below: