Walking with a Panther

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Walking with a Panther
Walking With a Panther - LL Cool J.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 9, 1989
GenreGolden age hip hop
Length76:45 (CD)
84:29 (cassette)
67:16 (LP)
LabelDef Jam, Columbia, CBS Records
CK 45172 (North America)
465112 (international)
ProducerLL Cool J
Dwayne Simon
Rick Rubin
DJ Cut Creator
The Bomb Squad
LL Cool J chronology
Bigger and Deffer
Walking with a Panther
Mama Said Knock You Out
Singles from Walking with a Panther
  1. "Going Back to Cali"
    Released: January 27, 1988
  2. "I'm That Type of Guy"
    Released: May 24, 1989
  3. "Big Ole Butt"
    Released: July 7, 1989
  4. "One Shot at Love"
    Released: October 31, 1989
  5. "Jingling Baby"
    Released: January 8, 1990
The CD version of the album.
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauA−[3]
Q4/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[5]
Trouser Press(mixed)[6]
Yahoo! Music(favorable)[7]

Walking with a Panther is the third studio album by American hip-hop artist LL Cool J, released June 9, 1989, on Def Jam Recordings. While his previous album Bigger and Deffer (1987) was produced by The L.A. Posse, Dwayne Simon was the only member left of the group willing to work on Walking with a Panther, as other members, such as Bobby "Bobcat" Erving, wanted a higher pay after realizing how much of a success the previous album had become. Def Jam, however, refused to change the contract, which caused the L.A. Posse to leave.[8] Walking with a Panther was primarily produced by LL Cool J and Dwayne Simon, with additional production from Rick Rubin and Public Enemy's production team, The Bomb Squad.

Walking with a Panther was a commercial success, peaking at number six on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, where it spent four weeks. The album contained the singles "Going Back to Cali", "I'm That Type of Guy", "Jingling Baby", "Big Ole Butt" and "One Shot at Love", which also achieved chart success. Walking with a Panther, however, was met with a mixed response from the hip-hop community at the time of its release, which was un-favorable of several of the album's love ballads.[9] Despite this, Walking With a Panther was well received by music critics. [10] The album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Track listing[edit]

All tracks produced by LL Cool J & Dwayne Simon except where noted.

1."Droppin' Em"Dwayne Simon, J.T. Smith 4:22
2."Smokin', Dopin'"Simon, Smith 3:31
3."Fast Peg"Smith, Bryan PhilpotCo-produced by DJ Cut Creator1:38
4."Clap Your Hands"Smith 5:07
5."Nitro"Smith, Eric Sadler, Hank ShockleeCo-produced by The Bomb Squad4:43
6."You're My Heart"Simon, Smith 4:42
7."I'm That Type of Guy"Simon, Smith, Steve Ett 5:16
8."Why Do You Think They Call It Dope?"Brian Latture, Simon, Smith 3:49
9."Going Back to Cali"Smith, Rick RubinProduced by Rick Rubin4:09
10."It Gets No Rougher"Smith, Sadler, H. Shocklee, Keith ShockleeCo-produced by The Bomb Squad5:16
11."Big Ole Butt"Latture, Simon, Smith 4:34
12."One Shot at Love"Simon, Smith, Ett 4:18
13."1-900 LL Cool J"Simon, Smith 3:01
14."Two Different Worlds" (featuring Cydne Monet)Simon, Smith, Ett 5:19
15."Jealous"Latture, Simon, Smith 3:54
16."Jingling Baby"Latture, Simon, Smith 4:15
17."Def Jam in the Motherland"Latture, Simon, Smith, Ett 4:35
18."Change Your Ways"Simon, Smith, Ett 3:20

The cassette release had a slightly different track listing and two extra songs.

The vinyl version omits tracks 9, 10, 19 & 20.


Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
Dutch Albums Chart 63
New Zealand Albums Chart 48
UK Albums Chart 43
US Billboard 200 6
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Position
US Billboard 200 61


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[11] Platinum 1,000,000^

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ AllHipHop review
  3. ^ Robert Christgau review
  4. ^ "Q review". Archived from the original on 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2009-06-21.
  5. ^ Rolling Stone review
  6. ^ Trouser Press review
  7. ^ Yahoo! Music review
  8. ^ The Rap Talk Crew. "A historic sit-down with Bobcat". Rap Talk Magazine. Archived from the original on 2012-08-26. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  9. ^ Anderson, Kyle. "LL Cool J: The stories behind the songs". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  10. ^ Huey, Steve. "Walking with a Panther: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-12-23.
  11. ^ "American album certifications – LL Cool J – Walking with a Panther". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.