I'm Bad

LL Cool J

About I'm Bad

"I'm Bad" (sometimes spelled I'm BAD) is the first single from LL Cool J's second album, Bigger and Deffer. It was released in 1987 for Def Jam Recordings and was produced by the production group, The L. A. Posse and LL Cool J himself, with Russell Simmons executive producing the single.


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(Calling all cars, calling all cars...) 
(Be on the lookout for a tall light-skinned brother with dimples) 
(Wearing a black kangol, sweatsuit, gold chain, and sneakers) 
(Last seen on Farmers Boulevard headed east) 
(Alias L.L. Cool J) 
(He's bad...) 

No rapper can rap quite like I can 
I'll take a musclebound man and put his face in the sand 
Not the last Mafioso I'm a MC cop 
Make you say, "Go L.L. and do the wop" 

If you think you can outrhyme me, yeah boy I bet 
'Cause I ain't met a motherf***er who can do that yet 
Trendsetter I'm better my rhymes are good 
I got a gourmet plate that says I wish you would 

And when rap begin then I gotta join in and 
Before my rhyme is over you know I'm a win 
Cool J has arrived so you better make way 
Ask anybody in the crowd they say the kid don't play! 

Sparring competition that's my hobby and job 
I don't wear a disguise because I don't own the mob 
Got a pinpoint rap that makes you feel trapped 
So many girls on my jock I think my phone here is tapped 

I'm bad 
(Cool J) 
(Cool J) 
(Cool J) 
(C see see see Cool J J) 
(Cool J) 
(C see see see see see see Cool J J J J J) 

I'm like Tyson icin' I'm a soldier at war 
I'm makin' sure you don't try to battle me no more 
Got concrete rhymes been rappin' for ten years and 
Even when I'm braggin' I'm bein' sincere 

MC's can't win I make 'em rust like tin 
They call me Jaws my hat is like a shark's fin 
Because I'm bad as can be got my voice all waxed 
Some brothers think he's making records now he must have relaxed 

I couldn't shouldn't and it'll stay that way 
The best rapper you've heard is L.L. Cool J 
Kamikaze take a look at what I've done 
Used to rock in my basement now I'm number one 

And can happen on time never standin' on lime 
You want to try me first you better learn how to rhyme 
I'm the pinnacle that means I reign supreme 
And I'm notorious I'll crush you like a jelly bean 

I'm bad 
I eliminate punks cut 'em up in chunks 
You were souped you heard me and your ego shrunk 
I'm devastating I'm so good it's a shame 
'Cause I eat rappers like a cannibal they call me insane 

I'm as strong as a bull of course you know I am pull 
I enjoy what I'm doing plus I'm paid in full 
Not Buckaroo Bonsai but busted out as I 
Say the kind of rhymes that make MC's withstand I tie 

Never retire or put my mike on the shelf 
The baddest rapper in the history of rap itself 
Not bitter or mad just provin' I'm bad 
You want a hit give me a hour plus a pen and a pad 

MC's they retreat cause they know I can beat 'em 
And eat 'em in a battle and the ref won't cheat 'em 
I'm the best takin' out all rookies 
So forget Oreos eat Cool J coookies 

I'm bad 
(Cool J) 
(Cool J) 
(Cool J) 
(Cool J J J) 
(Cool J J J) 
(C Cool J) 

Never ever no never 
Never wearin' no Levis battle me why try 
I'll treat you like a stepchild so tell mommy bye bye 
Sparrin' MC's and I'm a never get with 
When I retire I'll get worship like a old battleship 

L.L. I'm bad other rappers know 
When I enter the center they say, "Yo, yo there he go!" 
My paycheck's large Mr. Bogart in charge 
Not a puncher or hunter from a rap cool large 

The original Todd teachin' how to be hard 
Take the skin off a snake and split a pea from a pod 
You're a novice I'm noble and I decipher my tongue 
Not Atilla the Hun but no I'm Threwler his son 

My vulture's exact like rack and pinion in a Jag 
You try to brag you get your rhymes from a grab-bag 
No good scavenger catfish vulture 
My tongue's a chisel in this competition sculpture 

I'm bad 
(Think I'm gonna need backup) 
(Think I'm gonna need backup) 
(What you need that for?) 
(Yo this is L.L. Cool J) 
(And you'll never catch me so don't even try it) 
(I'm too bad for ya, understand...) 
Aaaaaahhhh... I'm bad!

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LL Cool J

James Todd Smith (born January 14, 1968), better known as LL Cool J, for Ladies Love Cool James ), is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and actor from Bay Shore, New York. He is known for romantic ballads such as "I Need Love", "Around the Way Girl" and "Hey Lover" as well as pioneering hip-hop such as "I Can't Live Without My Radio", "I'm Bad", "The Boomin' System", and "Mama Said Knock You Out". He has released thirteen studio albums and two greatest hits compilations, including 2008's Exit 13, the last for his record deal with Def Jam Recordings, and currently has a new studio album in the works. He has also appeared in numerous films, including Halloween H20: 20 Twenty Years Later, and currently stars as NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna on the CBS crime drama… more »

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Written by: Bobby F. Ervin, Dwayne Emil Simon, James Todd Smith

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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