Mr. Smith (album)

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Mr. Smith
Mr. Smith - LL Cool J.jpg
Studio album by LL Cool J
Released November 21, 1995
Recorded 1994-1995
Genre East Coast hip hop, hardcore hip hop, new jack swing
Length 58:25
Label Def Jam Recordings
Producer Rashad Smith
Chad Eliott
Easy Mo Bee[1]
LL Cool J chronology
14 Shots to the Dome
Mr. Smith
All World: Greatest Hits
Singles from Mr. Smith
  1. "Hey Lover"
    Released: October 31, 1995
  2. "I Shot Ya"
    Released: November 21, 1995
  3. "Doin' It"
    Released: December 17, 1995
  4. "Loungin"
    Released: June 25, 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[3]
Q 3/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[5]

Mr. Smith is the sixth studio album by American hip hop recording artist LL Cool J, released on November 21, 1995 by Def Jam. After the commercially disappointing 14 Shots to the Dome, it was a success, being certified 2x Platinum. Three top 10 hits were released from the album, "Hey Lover", "Doin' It", and "Loungin". Unlike his previous release, which focused on hardcore rap, this album concentrates on the ballads for which he is now famous.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "The Intro (skit)"     1:33
2. "Make It Hot"   Trackmasters 4:31
3. "Hip Hop"   Trackmasters 5:00
4. "Hey Lover" (featuring Boyz II Men) Trackmasters 4:44
5. "Doin It" (featuring LeShaun) Rashad Smith 4:53
6. "Life As..."   Easy Mo Bee 2:44
7. "I Shot Ya" (featuring Keith Murray) Trackmasters 3:51
8. "Mr. Smith"   Chyskillz 3:59
9. "No Airplay"   Chad Elliot 5:43
10. "Loungin" (featuring Terri & Monica) Rashad Smith 4:12
11. "Hollis to Hollywood"   Trackmasters 3:58
12. "God Bless"   Rashad Smith 3:47
13. "Get da Drop on 'Em'"   Trackmasters 3:57
14. "Prelude (skit)"     0:30
15. "I Shot Ya (Remix)" (featuring Keith Murray, Prodigy, Fat Joe and Foxy Brown) Trackmasters 5:03

Track notes[edit]

  • "No Airplay" was edited on both the edited and explicit versions of the album. The explicit version only backmasks on the song, while the edited version even edits the intro.
  • "Hollis to Hollywood" is sampled from his verse of Craig Mack's "Flava In Ya Ear (Remix)" on the chorus.


Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles
1995 "I Shot Ya" - #55 -
"Hey Lover" #3 #3 #1
1996 "Doin It" #9 #7 #2
"Loungin #3 #4 #1

All Of LL Cool J's music videos off this album were directed by Hype Williams.


"Make It Hot"

"Hip Hop"

"Hey Lover"

"Doin' It"

"I Shot Ya"

"Mr. Smith"

"No Airplay"


"Hollis to Hollywood"

"God Bless"

"Papa Luv It"


Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
Dutch Albums Chart 33
German Albums Chart 75
Swedish Albums Chart 60
UK Albums Chart 90
US Billboard 200 20
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Position
US Billboard 200 28


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[6] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[7] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[8] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

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


  1. ^ "Mr. Smith - LL Cool J - Credits". AllMusic. AllMusic. N.p., n.d. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
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  6. ^ "Canadian album certifications – LL Cool J – Mr. Smith". Music Canada. 
  7. ^ "British album certifications – LL Cool J – Mr. Smith". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Mr. Smith in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  8. ^ "American album certifications – LL Cool J – Mr. Smith". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH