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LL Cool J On Working In "Prince Mode," "Science Project Albums" and More

The rapper is thrilled about his forthcoming 'G.O.A.T. 2' album and how "current" it sounds: "We're not trying to put our '95 high school rings on"

LL Cool J is readying for the release his forthcoming album G.O.A.T 2, and he's particularly excited to be working with brand new talent—or, specifically, your new favorite rapper that you haven't heard yet.

"What I wanted to do was grab artists from all over the Tri-State area that wouldn't have a chance to shine and give them an opportunity," he tells Fuse. Some of the talent featured on G.O.A.T. 2 includes Loaded Lux, Lucky Don and Mavado, and we can't wait to hear who else will be joining the "Mama Said Knock You Out" rapper for a few verses.

Still, LL Cool J's thrilled for G.O.A.T. 2 because it gets back to basics as a "cultural" album, in that reaching out and touching the listener through the songs is the goal here.

"I do two different kinds of albums," he says. "I do science project albums where I just do all this experimental stuff, and most of those times, people don't get those albums. That's when I'm in my Prince mode, my artist mode. Most of the time, people are like, 'Ah, I don't know what he's doing!' And then I do cultural albums, where I want to touch the people, really let them feel the bars and the beats, and the rhymes, really feel it. When you do those kinds of albums, that's for the fellas. This album is hard. 85% of is just knockin' beats. And current. We're not trying to put our '95 high school rings on."

G.O.A.T. 2 has yet to score a release date, but we bet that's coming up soon!

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