14 Shots to the Dome

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14 Shots to the Dome
Studio album by LL Cool J
Released June 1, 1993 (1993-06-01)
Recorded 1992-1993
Genre East coast hip hop, Hardcore Hip Hop [1]
Length 64:46
Label Def Jam, Columbia
CK 53325 (North America)
473678 (international)
Producer QD III, Marley Marl, Bobby "Bobcat" Ervin, Andrew Zenable, Christopher Joseph Forte
LL Cool J chronology
Mama Said Knock You Out
14 Shots to the Dome
Mr. Smith
Singles from 14 Shots to the Dome
  1. "How I'm Comin'"
    Released: February 15, 1993 (1993-02-15)
  2. "Back Seat (Of My Jeep)"
    Released: June 1, 1993 (1993-06-01)
  3. "Stand by Your Man"
    Released: October 4, 1993 (1993-10-04)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau B[3]
Entertainment Weekly A[4]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[6]
Trouser Press unfavorable[7]
Yahoo! Music unfavorable[8]

14 Shots to the Dome is the fifth studio album by rapper LL Cool J, released in 1993, and the first since his highly successful album Mama Said Knock You Out. Unlike that release, which saw him have success on his own terms, 14 Shots sees LL adopting the sound of his West coast gangsta rap contemporaries, especially that of Ice Cube and Cypress Hill. Many fans saw this as a jarring departure, and the album met mixed critical and commercial response, only being certified Gold by the RIAA.

Track listing[edit]

  • All songs written by James Todd Smith and Marlon Williams, except as noted
  1. "How I'm Comin'"
  2. "Buckin' Em Down'" (James Todd Smith, Quincy Jones III)
  3. "Stand By Your Man"
  4. "A Little Somethin"
  5. "Pink Cookies in a Plastic Bag Getting Crushed by Buildings"
  6. "Straight from Queens" (featuring Lt. Stitchie) (James Todd Smith, Marlon Williams, C. Laing)
  7. "Funkadelic Relic"
  8. "All We Got Left Is the Beat" (James Todd Smith, Bobby Ervin)
  9. "(NFA) No Frontin' Allowed" (featuring Lords of the Underground) (James Todd Smith, Marlon Williams, Alterick Wardrick, Dupre Kelly)
  10. "Back Seat (of My Jeep)" (James Todd Smith, Quincy Jones III)
  11. "Soul Survivor" (James Todd Smith, Andrew Zenable, Christopher J. Forte, Quincy Jones III)
  12. "Ain't No Stoppin' This" (James Todd Smith, Bobby Ervin)
  13. "Diggy Down" (James Todd Smith, Bobby Ervin, M. Smith)
  14. "Crossroads" (James Todd Smith, Bobby Ervin)



Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles
1993 "How I'm Comin" 57 28 8
"Stand by Your Man" 67 24
"Back Seat (Of My Jeep)" 42 24 2
"Pink Cookies in a Plastic Bag" 42 24 2


  • LL Cool J - performer, producer, vocals
  • Jeff Trotter - A&R Executive
  • Howie Weinberg - mastering
  • QD III - producer, recording engineer
  • Marley Marl - producer
  • Bobby "Bobcat" Ervin - producer, mixing
  • Andrew Zenable - producer
  • Christopher Joseph Forte - producer
  • George Karras - recording engineer, mixing
  • Frank Heller - recording engineer
  • Dan Hatzel - recording engineer


  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/14-shots-to-the-dome-mw0000097273
  2. ^ "14 Shots to the Dome Review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved April 24, 2011. 
  3. ^ "L.L. Cool J review at Robert Christgau". robertchristgau.com. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved April 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ "14 Shots to the Dome Review". Entertainment Weekly. April 9, 1993. Retrieved April 24, 2011. 
  5. ^ "14 Shots to the Dome Review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on February 20, 2009. 
  6. ^ "L.L. Cool J in Rolling Stone album guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 24, 2011. 
  7. ^ "14 Shots to the Dome Review". Trouser Press. Retrieved April 24, 2011. 
  8. ^ "14 Shots to the Dome Review". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved April 24, 2011. 

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