To da Break of Dawn

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"To da Break of Dawn"
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Single by LL Cool J
from the album Mama Said Knock You Out and House Party (soundtrack)
B-side "To da Break of Dawn (LP/instrumental)"
Released June 17, 1990
Format CD
Genre Golden age hip hop, dance-pop
Length 4:27
Label Def Jam, Motown
Songwriter(s) James Todd Smith
Producer(s) Marley Marl, LL Cool J
LL Cool J singles chronology
"Jingling Baby"
"To da Break of Dawn"
"The Boomin' System"
"Jingling Baby"
"To Da Break of Dawn"
"The Boomin' System"

"To da Break of Dawn" is a single from both LL Cool J's fourth album, Mama Said Knock You Out, and the soundtrack to the Kid 'n Play movie House Party. It was released on June 17, 1990 by Motown Records and Def Jam Recordings and was produced by LL Cool J and Marley Marl.

The song was a diss to LL's rivals at the time, MC Hammer, Ice-T and Kool Moe Dee. It was ranked #11 on XXL magazine's Top 20 diss songs of all time.It possessed a similar sound to the growing new jack swing genre . The song peaked at #17 on the Hot Rap Singles chart.

Kool Moe Dee responded with the song "Death Blow" from the 1991 album Funke, Funke Wisdom.

The song's lyrics were sampled in other hip-hop songs of the 1990s, such as "No Vaseline" by Ice Cube and "Who's Gonna Take the Weight?" by Gang Starr.

Track listing[edit]


  1. "To Da Break Of Dawn" (Bug Out Mix)- 4:30
  2. "To Da Break Of Dawn" (Remix Version)- 5:30


  1. "To Da Break Of Dawn" (LP Version)- 4:27
  2. "To Da Break Of Dawn" (Instrumental)- 4:28

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