14 Shots to the Dome

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14 Shots to the Dome
14 Shots to the Dome - LL Cool J.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 30, 1993 (1993-03-30)
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
  2. "Back Seat (of My Jeep)"
    Released: June 1, 1993
  3. "Stand by Your Man"
    Released: October 4, 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB[2]
Entertainment WeeklyA[3]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guideunfavorable[5]
Trouser Pressunfavorable[6]
Yahoo! Musicunfavorable[7]

14 Shots to the Dome is the fifth studio album by American hip hop recording artist LL Cool J, released by Def Jam Records in the US on March 30, 1993. It is his first album following the hugely successful Mama Said Knock You Out (1990). 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. The album spawned two singles, both of which had minimal success on the Billboard charts. The album's second single "Back Seat" would later be sampled by R&B artist Monica for her debut single "Don't Take It Personal" which became a major hit two years later.

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 Venable, 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 Venable - producer
  • Christopher Joseph Forte - producer
  • George Karras - recording engineer, mixing
  • Frank Heller - recording engineer
  • Dan Hatzel - recording engineer


Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
German Albums Chart 74
New Zealand Albums Chart 36
UK Albums Chart 74
US Billboard 200 5
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[8] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ "14 Shots to the Dome Review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved April 24, 2011.
  2. ^ "L.L. Cool J review at Robert Christgau". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved April 24, 2011.
  3. ^ "14 Shots to the Dome Review". Entertainment Weekly. April 9, 1993. Retrieved April 24, 2011.
  4. ^ "14 Shots to the Dome Review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on February 20, 2009.
  5. ^ "L.L. Cool J in Rolling Stone album guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 24, 2011.
  6. ^ "14 Shots to the Dome Review". Trouser Press. Retrieved April 24, 2011.
  7. ^ "14 Shots to the Dome Review". Yahoo! Music. Archived from the original on September 19, 2010. Retrieved April 24, 2011.
  8. ^ "American album certifications – LL Cool J – 14 Shots to the Dome". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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