Todd Smith (album)

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Todd Smith
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Studio album by LL Cool J
Released April 11, 2006
Recorded 2005–2006
Genre East Coast hip hop
Length 51:47
Label Def Jam
Producer Lyfe Jennings, Pharrell, Trackmasters, Keezo Kane, Bink!
LL Cool J chronology
The DEFinition
(2004)
Todd Smith
(2006)
Exit 13
(2008)
Singles from Todd Smith
  1. "It's LL And Santana / What You Want"
    Released: November 10, 2005
  2. "Control Myself"
    Released: February 1, 2006
  3. "Freeze"
    Released: April 5, 2006
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 51/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3/5 stars[2]
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly C+[4]
PopMatters 5/10 stars[5]
RapReviews 7.5/10[6]
Rolling Stone 1/5 stars[7]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[8]
Stylus Magazine C–[9]
Vibe 3.5/5 stars[10]
XXL 2/5 stars[11]

Todd Smith is the eleventh studio album by American rapper LL Cool J, released on April 11, 2006 by his label Def Jam Recordings. It includes collaborations with Jennifer Lopez, Pharrell, Juelz Santana, Teairra Mari, Jamie Foxx, Ginuwine, Mary J. Blige, 112, Mary Mary, Ryan Toby (from City High) and Freeway.

Album information[edit]

The first single is the high-intensity, Jermaine Dupri produced dance track "Control Myself", another song with singer Jennifer Lopez after their collaboration on "All I Have" on Lopez's 2002 album This Is Me... Then. LL Cool J and Jennifer Lopez shot the video for "Control Myself" on January 2, 2006 at Sony Studios, New York. The video was shot by Hype Williams. Originally the song was to feature Fergie (from The Black Eyed Peas), however difference in terms of payment resulted in her being replaced by Jennifer Lopez. Todd Smith scored mixed reviews, although most critics enjoyed tracks "Preserve The Sexy" and "Freeze". Freeze was the album's second single and it features Lyfe Jennings. The album shipped 500,000 copies but sold just 367,000 copies.[citation needed] Despite the fact the album debuted at number-six, it quickly fell off in 6 weeks. LL Cool J said he will be doing his last album on Def Jam which is a sequel to Todd Smith. The original title for the album was called "My Favorite Flavors" and this is the 4th album of LL's where he has appeared either shirtless, or has used a bare/exposed part of his body as the cover of the album.

Producers on the project include Pharrell, Scott Storch, Bink!, Shea Taylor, Keezo Kane and Trackmasters.

The album premiered on the Billboard charts at #6, selling 116,000 units and premiered at #79 on the UK albums chart and #40 in Canada.[12]

The album has been certified Gold by the RIAA.[13]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "It's LL And Santana" (featuring Juelz Santana) (Produced by Shea Taylor) 3:00
  2. "Control Myself" (featuring Jennifer Lopez) (Produced by Jermaine Dupri, LRoc) 3:53
  3. "Favorite Flavor" (featuring Mary J. Blige) (Produced by Poke and Tone) 3:26
  4. "Freeze" (featuring Lyfe Jennings) (Produced by LL Cool J & Lyfe Jennings) 4:52
  5. "Best Dress" (featuring Pharrell & Jamie Foxx) (Produced by The Neptunes) 3:57
  6. "Preserve the Sexy" (featuring Teairra Mari) (Produced by Keezo Kane) 3:39
  7. "What You Want" (featuring Freeway) (Produced by The Narcotics) 4:24
  8. "I've Changed" (featuring Ryan Toby) (Produced by Poke and Tone) 3:50
  9. "Ooh Wee" (featuring Ginuwine) (Produced by Scott Storch) 4:02
  10. "#1 Fan" (featuring Miredys Peguero) (Produced by Poke and Tone)
    3:17
  11. "Down the Aisle" (featuring 112) (Produced by Poke and Tone) 4:01
  12. "We're Gonna Make It" (featuring Mary Mary) (Produced by Bink) 4:55
  13. "So Sick (Remix)" (Ne-Yo featuring LL Cool J) (Produced by Poke and Tone) (United States Bonus track) 4:23

Samples[edit]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Belgian Albums Chart 88
Dutch Albums Chart 99
Swiss Albums Chart 64
UK Albums Chart 79
US Billboard 200 6
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 2

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[22] Gold 500,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reviews for Todd Smith by LL Cool J". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 6, 2016. 
  2. ^ Rizoh. "LL Cool J - Todd Smith (Def Jam)". About.com. Retrieved August 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Todd Smith - LL Cool J". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved August 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ Sinclair, Tom (April 17, 2006). "Todd Smith". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved August 9, 2011. 
  5. ^ Frauenhofer, Michael (April 20, 2006). "LL Cool J: Todd Smith". PopMatters. Retrieved September 6, 2016. 
  6. ^ Juon, Steve 'Flash' (April 11, 2006). "LL Cool J :: Todd Smith :: Def Jam". RapReviews. Retrieved August 9, 2011. 
  7. ^ Relic, Peter (April 18, 2006). "Todd Smith : LL Cool J : Review". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on February 24, 2009. Retrieved August 9, 2011. 
  8. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (April 12, 2006). "LL Cool J Todd Smith". Slant Magazine. Retrieved September 6, 2016. 
  9. ^ McGarvey, Evan (April 20, 2006). "LL Cool J - Todd Smith - Review". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on May 23, 2008. Retrieved September 6, 2016. 
  10. ^ Gonzales, Michael A. (May 2006). "LL Cool J Todd Smith". Vibe. Vibe Media. 14 (5): 135–36. ISSN 1070-4701. Retrieved August 9, 2011. 
  11. ^ Golianopoulous, Thomas (April 21, 2006). "LL Cool J Todd Smith". XXL. Townsquare Media. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  12. ^ CANOE - JAM! Music SoundScan Charts
  13. ^ http://riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH_RESULTS&artist=L.L._Cool_J&format=&go=Search&perPage=50
  14. ^ "It's LL and Santana" Sample of "Have You Seen Her". WhoSampled.com. http://www.whosampled.com/sample/262974/LL-Cool-J-Juelz-Santana-It%27s-LL-and-Santana-Chi-Lites-Have-You-Seen-Her/
  15. ^ "Control Myself Sample of "Planet Rock". WhoSampled.com. http://www.whosampled.com/sample/72342/LL-Cool-J-Jennifer-Lopez-Control-Myself-Afrika-Bambaataa-Soulsonic-Force-Planet-Rock/
  16. ^ "Favorite Flavor" Sample of "Mary Jane". WhoSampled.com. http://www.whosampled.com/sample/70759/LL-Cool-J-Mary-J.-Blige-Favorite-Flavor-Mary-J.-Blige-Mary-Jane-(All-Night-Long)/
  17. ^ "Preserve The Sexy" Sample of "Slaughter's Theme". WhoSampled.com. http://www.whosampled.com/sample/320734/LL-Cool-J-Teairra-Mari-Preserve-the-Sexy-James-Brown-Slaughter%27s-Theme/
  18. ^ "Preserve The Sexy" Sample of "Make It Funky". WhoSampled.com. http://www.whosampled.com/sample/358606/LL-Cool-J-Teairra-Mari-Preserve-the-Sexy-James-Brown-Make-It-Funky/
  19. ^ "Preserve The Sexy" Sample of "From The Love Side". WhoSampled.com. http://www.whosampled.com/sample/262976/LL-Cool-J-Teairra-Mari-Preserve-the-Sexy-Hank-Ballard-%26-the-Midnighters-From-the-Love-Side/
  20. ^ "So Sick Remix" Sample of "B Side Wins Again". WhoSampled.com. http://www.whosampled.com/sample/118180/Ne-Yo-LL-Cool-J-So-Sick-(Remix)-Public-Enemy-B-Side-Wins-Again/
  21. ^ "So Sick Remix" Sample of "Flash It to the Beat". WhoSampled.com. http://www.whosampled.com/sample/232418/Ne-Yo-LL-Cool-J-So-Sick-(Remix)-Grandmaster-Flash-The-Furious-Five-Flash-It-to-the-Beat/
  22. ^ "American album certifications – LL Cool J – Todd Smith". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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