Picks and Pans Review: LL Cool J

updated 09/29/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/29/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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"Launched the greatest label in the history of rap/And for 24 years I carried it on my back," rhymes LL Cool J, who may finally be exiting Def Jam Records after this, his 13th disc for the pioneering hip-hop label. He may not be the force that he once was, but tracks like the ferocious "You Better Watch Me" (produced by fellow old-schooler Marley Marl) show that the 40-year-old rapper can still knock you out.

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