The iPod Shuffle: LL Cool J’s “4,3,2,1” Ft. DMX

05.14.13 4 years ago 7 Comments

Back in 1997, a star-studded Def Jam roster paired a resurging LL Cool J with a handful of superstar hopefuls in Red & Meth, DMX and Canibus to deliver what they anticipated would inevitably be a classic single from from LL’s Phenomenon album. By the time “4,3,2,1” was properly released, Russell’s label got what they’d hoped for, but definitely not how they presumed.

As Hip-Hop folklore goes, Uncle Todd took offense to Canibus’ opening line (“Yo LL, is that a mic on your arm? Let me borrow that“) and ended up recording a somewhat scathing sixteen directed at the NYC upstart for the song’s closing verse, which would eventually end up in a back and fourth battle between the two and wound up giving relatively the spotlight to everyone involved – whether positive, negative or residual.

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