Exit 13

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Exit 13
Studio album by LL Cool J
Released September 9, 2008
Recorded 2006–2008
Genre East Coast hip hop
Length 72:43
Label Def Jam
Producer LL Cool J (exec.)
Suits & Ray Burghardt, Ryan Leslie, Illfonics, The Dream Team, DJ Scratch, Frado & Absolut, Tricky Stewart, Raw Uncut, Marley Marl, Cue Beats, Dame Grease, Music Mystro, StreetRunner
LL Cool J chronology
Todd Smith
(2006)
Exit 13
(2008)
All World 2
(2009)
Singles from Exit 13
  1. "Cry"
    Released: June 17, 2008
  2. "Rocking with the G.O.A.T."
    Released: June 20, 2008
  3. "Baby"
    Released: July 1, 2008
  4. "Feel My Heart Beat"
    Released: August 26, 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Okayplayer 3.5/5 stars[2]
DJBooth 3.5/5 stars[3]
Metromix (Jackson) 4/5 stars[4]
New York Times (favorable)[5]
NOW 3/5 stars[6]
RapReviews (8.0/10)[7]
The Times 3/5 stars[8]
USA Today 3/4 stars[9]

Exit 13 is the 13 and final studio album on American rapper LL Cool J's record deal with Def Jam Recordings, a deal that had lasted for more than two decades. It was released on September 9, 2008.

Production[edit]

This album is the first LL Cool J album since G.O.A.T. to have the parental advisory label for explicit lyrics.[citation needed] LL said in an interview with Chicago radio personality DJ Z that the vulgarities are not heavy and the edited version has alternate lyrics rather than simply omitting the vulgarities.[10] LL and DJ Kayslay teamed up to release his first mixtape as a prelude to Exit 13 titled The Return of the G.O.A.T..

Other contributors for this album include 50 Cent, Sheek Louch, Fat Joe, Ryan Leslie, Wyclef Jean, The-Dream, Lil Mo, KRS-One, Funkmaster Flex, Richie Sambora and Darlisa Blackshere.

Singles[edit]

A buzz single titled, "Cry," featuring Lil' Mo, was released as a digital download and international 12" single in June 17, 2008. The unofficial street single, "Rockin' with the G.O.A.T.," premiered on June 20, 2008.

The first official single, "Baby" featuring The-Dream was released on July 1, 2008 to the iTunes Music Store. On August 19, 2008, iTunes released the rock remix featuring Richie Sambora, lead guitarist of iconic rock band Bon Jovi, with a rock rhythm and a sped-up tempo.

The second official single, "Feel My Heart Beat" featuring 50 Cent was released on August 26, 2008. The song did not enter the Billboard Hot 100. The official single version of the song was leaked to the Internet on November 27, 2008.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "It's Time for War"   Burhardt, Cartisano, Mendelson, Smith Suits & Ray Burghardt 5:06
2. "Old School New School"   Leslie, Smith Ryan Leslie 3:41
3. "Feel My Heart Beat" (featuring 50 Cent & Precious Paris) Cury, Jackson, Kaye, Nix, Smith, Woolfolk The Dream Team 3:21
4. "Get Over Here" (featuring Nicolette, Jiz, Lyrikal & Ticky Diamondz) Muir, Rivera, Smith Frado & Absolut 5:49
5. "Baby" (featuring The-Dream) Nash, Smith, Stewart Tricky Stewart 4:01
6. "You Better Watch Me"   Davis, Rio, Roper, Smith, Williams Marley Marl & M.Will 4:20
7. "Cry"   Atkins, Blackshere, Dombrowski, Gamble, Huff, Lorenzo, Loving, Mays, Sigler, Smith Raw Uncut 4:15
8. "Baby" (Rock Remix) (featuring Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi) Burghardt, Cartisano, Sambora, Smith Suits & Ray Burghardt 3:08
9. "Rocking with the G.O.A.T."   Smith, Spivey DJ Scratch 3:43
10. "This Is Ring Tone Murder" (featuring Grandmaster Caz) Brown, Smith, Spivey DJ Scratch 2:52
11. "Like a Radio" (featuring Ryan Leslie) Leslie, Smith Ryan Leslie 3:34
12. "I Fall in Love" (featuring Élan of The D.E.Y.) Blackshere, Burghardt, Cartisano, Rivera, Smith Suits & Ray Burghardt 3:57
13. "Ur Only a Customer"   Blackmon, Cohen, Johnson, McFadden, Smith, Whitehead Dame Grease & Music Mystro 2:18
14. "Mr. President" (featuring Wyclef Jean) Blackshere, Burghardt, Cartisano, Smith Suits & Ray Burghardt 4:35
15. "American Girl"   Cappelli, Friedman, Smith Illfonics 4:26
16. "Speedin' on da Highway/Exit 13" (featuring Funkmaster Flex) Burghardt, Cartisano, Smith Suits & Ray Burghardt 4:49
17. "Come and Party with Me" (featuring Fat Joe & Sheek Louch of The L.O.X.) Cappelli, Cartagena, Friedman, Jacobs, Smith Illfonics 4:37
18. "We Rollin'"   Clarke, Reid, Smith, Staples Cue Beats 3:03
19. "Dear Hip Hop" (featuring DJ Scratch) Bristol, McNeil, Moltke, Smith, Warwar, Williams StreetRunner 4:28

Samples[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart[11] 61
U.S. Billboard 200[12] 9
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[13] 3
U.S. Billboard Top Rap Albums[13] 2

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