Music Review: 'G.O.A.T. Featuring James T. Smith the Greatest of All Time'
While the title may overstate it, LL Cool J’s ninth album G.O.A.T. Featuring James T. Smith the Greatest of All Time finds the Queens-bred rapper in near top form. Talking trash, passing the mic to guests like DMX and Snoop Dogg, reeling off endlessly inventive boasts — he makes it all seem as easy as chillin’ on the boulevard on a hot summer night. The only downer is the creeping note of defensiveness, as though the old goat (who’s all of 32) felt compelled to convince a new generation he’s still relevant. B+