LL COOL J had presumably pumped the brakes on his upcoming album due to issues with the recording process, but now he’s given a more precise explanation of what happened.
The Queens rap legend took to his Twitter page on Wednesday (February 22) to announce that he would no longer drop his 14th studio album, stating that more work needed to be done on the album.
In a series of now deleted tweets, he revealed that he’s still “trying to figure this album out” and followed that up with a post that read, “just not feeling like this album is worthy of being released [facepalm emoji] I tried.”
He also added: “not dropping it.”
However, LL COOL J returned hours later to clarify that the project is still moving forward and tagged Q-Tip, who’s serving as executive producer. Mr. Smith also trolled fans with a boisterous reason behind the delay with the album.
“Okay so everyone’s been asking me about the new record and my decision and I was considering not putting the album out because IT’S TOO FUCKING GOOD,” LL said in the clip. “Q-Tip you a genius baby this my favorite album I ever made. I can’t wait for y’all to hear this. Tracklist coming soon.”
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LL COOL J’s last album titled Authentic dropped in 2013 and debuted at No. 23 on the Billboard 200 chart and sold 14,000 copies in its first week. It also featured several guest appearances from Snoop Dogg, Fatman Scoop, Monica, Charlie Wilson and more.
At the 2023 Grammy Awards, LL spoke about the album and showed he was locked in on getting it out.
“I know all the tricks. I got this covered,” he said, going on to explain that the record was executive produced by Q-Tip. “I think honestly and sincerely that Q-Tip as a producer is unbelievable and what he did on this record for me, I think is amazing. So the world will decide.”
He added: “The album, I think, is really, really special. I think it’s something it’s modern without chasing. It’s a whole new thing. I can’t wait for the people to see it.”
Last month, LL also tweeted he was “competing with myself on this new album,” and said he couldn’t wait for the record to arrive sometime this year.