Phenomenon (LL Cool J album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 14, 1997
GenreEast Coast hip hop
ProducerSean "Puffy" Combs (executive), The Hitmen (Including Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, Steven "Stevie J" Jordan, & Ron 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
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[2]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 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, Ron "AMEN-RA" Lawrence
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 Lawrence for The Hitmen
7 "4, 3, 2, 1" 4:16 Canibus, DMX, Master P & 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


Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[4] 88
Canadian Albums Chart 7
Dutch Albums Chart 48
German Albums Chart 24
New Zealand Albums Chart 39
Swedish Albums Chart 57
Swiss Albums Chart 48
UK Albums Chart 37
US Billboard 200 7
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 4


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[5] Platinum 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[6] Platinum 1,000,000^

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


  • Marketing: David A. Belgrave


  1. ^
  2. ^ EW link
  3. ^ Rolling Stone link
  4. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (PDF ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 169.
  5. ^ "Canadian album certifications – LL Cool J – Phenomenon". Music Canada.
  6. ^ "American album certifications – LL Cool J – Phenomenon". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.