Rock The Bells – LL Cool J (1985)

“Rock The Bells” was the third single from LL Cool J’s debut album, “Radio”. It was released in 1985 for Def Jam Recordings, was written by LL Cool J and produced by Rick Rubin. “Rock The Bells” peaked at #17 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Despite the song’s title, no bells can be heard in the album recording. The song was later sampled by LL Cool J himself for his song “Mama Said Knock You Out”, from his album of the same name. The song is widely regarded as a classic by many in the hip-hop community. Eminem, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and The Roots performed “Rock The Bells” on the VH1 Hip-Hop Honorsprogram as a tribute to Def Jam Recordings, and several artists, including Eminem and Goodie Mob, have referenced the song in their own songs. “Radio” was the debut album of American rapper LL Cool J, released November 18, 1985 on Def Jam Recordings in the United States. It serves as the label’s first full-length album release. Recording sessions for the album took place during 1984 to 1985 at Chung King House Of Metal in New York City. The album was primarily produced by Rick Rubin, who provided a sparse and minimal production style.”Radio” also features a sound that is punctuated by DJ scratching, mostly brief samples, and emphasis of the downbeat. LL Cool J’s b-boy lyricism conveys themes of inner city culture, teenage promiscuity, and braggadocio raps. The album experienced a significant amount of commercial success and sales for a hip-hop record at the time, earning U.S. Billboardchart success and selling over 500,000 copies within its first five months of release. On April 19, 1989, “Radio” was certified platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), following sales in excess of one million copies in the United States. Initial criticism of the album was generally positive, as LL Cool J’s lyricism and Rick Rubin’s production were praised by several music critics. It has since been recognized by many critics as LL Cool J’s greatest work. Reflecting the new school and ghettoblaster subculture in the U.S. during the mid-1980s, “Radio” belongs to a pivotal moment in the history and culture of hip-hop. Its success contributed to the displacement of the old school with the new school form and to the genre’s mainstream success during the period. Its success also served as a career breakthrough for LL Cool J and Rick Rubin.”Radio” has been recognized by music writers as one of the first cohesive and commercially successful hip-hop albums. In 2003, the album was ranked number 478 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. James Todd Smith (born January 14, 1968), better known as LL Cool J (abbreviation for Ladies Love CoolJames), is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and actor from Bay Shore, New York.He fell in love with hip-hop at the age of nine, and by 11 he was writing lyrics and making his own songs with some DJ equipment his grandmother gave him to stop him from riding motorcycles or doing karate. Influenced by Grandmaster Flash, AfrikaBambaataa, funk legend Rick James, and pioneers Run-DMC and Kurtis Blow, LL started to create his own rap style.He has released thirteen studio albums and two greatest hits compilations, has appeared in numerous films, and currently stars as NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna on the CBS crime drama television series “NCIS: Los Angeles”.This channel is dedicated to all the great rap music from back in the day. The music that started the whole hip-hop revolution, the incredible music from the 70s, the 80s, and the early 90s . . . The Roots Of Rap are here!

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  1. Damir Issakov 8 months ago

    тоже после интервью Рика с Фарелом?

  2. ajazmin68 8 months ago

    Best music, 80s n 90s… good timz

  3. Michael Saba 8 months ago

    pharrell and rick led me here

  4. Toni Twitty 8 months ago

    I miss old skool rap

  5. falcon man 8 months ago

    i never noticed that go go break in the hook before I watched the rick pharrell interview crazy

  6. GeeTee eighF 8 months ago

    P n R.

  7. Leonard Ferrell 8 months ago

    Best 2 rapper but juco world is still ahead

  8. donutszumkaffee 8 months ago

    I hear Denzel Curry🍛 in this

  9. K Gibbs 8 months ago

    This most definitely a GoGo beat #DCorNothing

  10. Tarantula Pyjamas 8 months ago

    Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys discovered LL Cool J and the Beasties brought him up in the industry. Adam Horovitz wrote the beat on his first LL’s first record on a $250 808 drum machine.

  11. Everything Colossal 8 months ago

    here after rick Rubin and Pharrell interview

  12. SPOOKYDUKE 8 months ago

    pharrell and rick

  13. earthwatcher2012 8 months ago

    this guy is a lightweight punk ass BITCH ! he dissed both Michael Jackson and Prince! F this dipshit

  14. The supremesaints 676 8 months ago

    I remember when I first got skate 2 I was playing this song

  15. Mr. Joshua Griffith 8 months ago

    Screw this new rap shit sucks olds better

  16. Baby Wolfie 8 months ago

    His looks ain’t all that but I love his
    Music y’all heyyyyyyy

  17. THPS4 8 months ago

    Skate 2

  18. аовдсжмлмоаов во дужахзпп 8 months ago

    Такое в машинах хорошо пойдет, когда кататься в гта 😅

  19. air i be Rakim 8 months ago

    the mass bells. cathedral.  i use to set em off. east coast, and Other Places.  started doing that at like 7 age.  this is around 10 and half.  1984, or 83

  20. Miklo Maez-Garcia 8 months ago

    When he came out ith I cant Live without My Radio I lost my muffferfuckin mind shit was dope!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Razin Halum 8 months ago

    Bring. THE Pecker I'll Bring Your Woods……..

  22. letmotellit Mo 8 months ago

    Will foreva B one og of the illest joints created!

  23. nick esposito 8 months ago

    Cut Creator cut the record with his fingernail!

  24. Razin Halum 8 months ago

    My. Man…

    Lov ya

  25. Michael Tabor 8 months ago

    Since raps in the rock hall
    Get LL in there!

  26. Akhigbe Mike 1234 8 months ago

    Nice songs

  27. Dooronn 8 months ago

    The original version has "bells"

  28. D-Rock OC 8 months ago


  29. chris munoz 8 months ago

    I remember like it was yesterday 👍👍👍

  30. Hot80s 8 months ago

    Jack the Ripper

  31. scott jones 8 months ago

    The    gangster     boogie     the    earthquake    sound  .  LL   Cool   j    rapped   with   vigor  and   confidence    and   skill   ,   a    true   legend   of    rap  music  !

  32. Dillina Hull 8 months ago

    Anyone don't like LL Cool J they definitely need to sell themselves

  33. Caitlyn Muse 8 months ago

    this 33 years old. Dang!!!

  34. Jorge Casanova 8 months ago


  35. Charles Graham 8 months ago

    played ths song out in my 84 cutless supreme!

  36. cakafella 8 months ago

    Cats sleep on L. This dude been getting it in for 35 years Yo!  Lots of people see him on tv and don't know this cat kept bars. Pink cookies in a plastic bag kinda fucked wit me, but If you go through all his shit, he got 40 jawns that would bang in a club today. I remember doing the Fila to this at my prom.

  37. Uri Dalal 8 months ago

    Best LL Song ever – I remember this came out my senior year of high school lol everybody flipped out

  38. King Hannibal 8 months ago

    True old school

  39. Mr Henderson 8 months ago

    Is that guitar sample the same one that's all across Licensed To Ill?

  40. CJ 8 months ago

    Nobody said nothin about the needy family anybody gonna to give to em

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