Phenomenon (LL Cool J album)

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Studio album by LL Cool J
Released October 14, 1997
Recorded 1996-1997
Genre East Coast hip hop
Length 43:58
Label Def Jam Recordings
Producer Sean "Puffy" Combs (Executive), The Hitmen (Including Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, Steven "Stevie J" Jordan, & Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence), Track Masters, Daven "Prestige" Vanderpool, L.E.S., Curt Gowdy, Erick Sermon
LL Cool J chronology
All World: Greatest Hits
Singles from Phenomenon
  1. "Phenomenon"
    Released: September 23, 1997
  2. "4, 3, 2, 1"
    Released: December 9, 1997
  3. "Father"
    Released: January 13, 1998
  4. "Hot Hot Hot"
    Released: March 27, 1998
  5. "Candy"
    Released: July 3, 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B+[2]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[3]

Phenomenon is the seventh studio album by rapper LL Cool J. After the success of his previous release Mr. Smith, the same basic principles are followed here, with several R&B-influenced tracks, and a couple of more hardcore Rap tracks. The album was certified Platinum, unlike Mr. Smith, which was certified 2x Platinum. The album is executively produced by Sean "Puffy" Combs and therefore features production from his in-house roster of producers The Hitmen.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Length Featured Artists Producer(s) Sample(s)
1 "Phenomenon" 4:04 Sean "Puffy" Combs for The Hitmen
2 "Candy" 4:32 Ricky Bell & Ralph Tresvant Trackmasters
3 "Starsky & Hutch" 4:03 Busta Rhymes L.E.S.
4 "Another Dollar" 3:48 The Lost Boyz (uncredited additional vocals) Curt Gowdy, Trackmasters
5 "Nobody Can Freak You" 3:20 LeShaun & Keith Sweat Trackmasters
6 "Hot Hot Hot" 4:22 LeShaun Sean "Puffy" Combs, Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie & Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence for The Hitmen
7 "4, 3, 2, 1" 4:16 Canibus, DMX, Method Man & Redman Erick Sermon
8 "Wanna Get Paid" 4:11 The Lost Boyz Daven "Prestige" Vanderpool
9 "Father" 4:44 Trackmasters
10 "Don't Be Late, Don't Come Too Soon" 6:38 Tamia Steven "Stevie J" Jordan for The Hitmen


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