I Can't Live Without My Radio
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|"I Can't Live Without My Radio"|
|Single by LL Cool J|
|from the album Radio|
|B-side||I Can Give You More|
|Released||October 6, 1985|
|Genre||Golden age hip hop|
|Label||Def Jam Recordings|
|Writer(s)||James Todd Smith|
|Producer(s)||Rick Rubin, LL Cool J|
|Certification||3x Platinum (RIAA)|
|LL Cool J singles chronology|
"I Can't Live Without My Radio" is the lead single from LL Cool J's debut album, Radio. It was released in 1985 for Def Jam Recordings and was both written and produced by LL Cool J and Rick Rubin. It is a love song to the boombox. The song found modest success, making it to #15 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks. "I Can't Live Without My Radio" was released with the follow-up single "I Can Give You More".
A section of the song performed by LL Cool J is featured during the auditions process in the 1985 pioneering hip hop movie Krush Groove. This part was created for LL Cool J and another female singer, Nayobe, as an excuse to include their music in the motion picture. LL Cool J himself also has a line, "Box!" (his only line in the movie).
It is number 12 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.
The song was later covered by Minnesota band Halloween, Alaska.
- "I Can Give You More"- 4:16
- "I Can't Live Without My Radio"- 4:12