Album Info

September 09, 2008
Def Jam
Rap, East Coast Rap, Pop-Rap

Album Review

Wrapped in what is possibly the most prog rock sleeve design in hip-hop history, Exit 13 marks LL Cool J's departure from Def Jam, the pioneering label the MC helped build. It begins with "It's Time for War," an embittered reclamation where he sounds more like he's shooing kids off his lawn than reigning over his territory. There are a couple tracks where LL sounds as on fire as ever, usually when his targets are specific rather than general, as on "You Better Watch Me" and "This Is Ring Tone M..." Still, the album's tone tilts toward the reactionary in its clear desire to sound just like a standard 2008 mainstream rap album, with unnecessary references to Petron and Cognac and in-your-face evidence that LL really wants you to know he's not behind the times.
Andy Kellman, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. It's Time for War
  2. Old School New School
  3. Feel My Heart Beat
  4. Get Over Here
  5. Baby
  6. You Better Watch Me
  7. Cry
  8. Baby [Rock Remix]
  9. Rocking with the G.O.A.T.
  10. This Is Ring Tone M...
  11. Like a Radio
  12. I Fall in Love
  13. Ur Only a Customer
  14. Mr. President
  15. American Girl
  16. Speedin on Da Highway/Exit 13
  17. Come and Party with Me
  18. We Rollin'
  19. Dear Hip Hop