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14 Shots to the Dome
14 Shots to the Dome
Studio album by LL Cool J

Released

March 30, 1993

Recorded

March 1992 - January 1993

Studio

Marley Marl's House of Hits
(New York City)
Q. D. III Soundlab
(Los Angeles, CA)
Cove City Sound Studios
(Long Island, NY)
Unique Recording
(New York City)
Bobcat's House
(Palmdale, CA)
Encore Studio
(Burbank, CA)

Genre

Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop, Hip hop

Length

64:44

Label

Def Jam Recordings, Columbia

Producer

Bobby "Bobcat" Ervin, Christopher Joseph Forte, Marley Marl, Q. D. III, Andrew Zenable

LL Cool J chronology

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Mama Said Knock You Out (1990)

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Mr. Smith (1995)

14 Shots to the Dome is the fifth studio album by American rapper LL Cool J, released in March 30, 1993 on Def Jam Recordings. The album features production by QD3, Marley Marl and Bobby "Bobcat" Ervin, and sees LL Cool J adopting the sound of his West Coast gangsta rap contemporaries, especially that of Ice Cube and Cypress Hill. Many fans saw this as a jarring departure from his previous albums, and the album was met with a mixed critical and commercial response.

Track listingEdit

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "How I'm Comin'" LL Cool J Smith, Williams Marley Marl 5:06
2. "Buckin' Em Down" LL Cool J Jones, Smith Q. D. III 4:03
3. "Stand By Your Man" LL Cool J Ervin, Smith, Williams Marley Marl 4:50
4. "A Little Somethin'" LL Cool J Floyd, Smith, Williams Marley Marl 4:26
5. "Pink Cookies in a Plastic Bag Getting Crushed by Buildings" LL Cool J Smith, Williams Marley Marl 4:18
6. "Straight from Queens" LL Cool J, Lt. Stitchie Laing, Smith, Williams Marley Marl 4:55
7. "Funkadelic Relic" LL Cool J Smith, Williams Marley Marl 3:56
8. "All We Got Left Is the Beat" LL Cool J Ervin, Smith Bobby "Bobcat" Ervin 4:38
9. "(NFA) No Frontin' Allowed" LL Cool J, Lords of the Underground Armstrong, Kelly, Smith, Smith, Wardick, Williams Marley Marl 4:20
10. "Back Seat" LL Cool J Jones, Smith Q. D. III 4:32
11. "Soul Survivor" LL Cool J Forte, Jones, Smith, Zenable Q. D. III, Andrew Zenable, Christopher Joseph Forte 4:38
12. "Ain't No Stoppin' This" LL Cool J Ervin, Smith Bobby "Bobcat" Ervin 4:44
13. "Diggy Down" LL Cool J Ervin, Smith, Smith Bobby "Bobcat" Ervin 4:58
14. "Crossroads" LL Cool J Ervin, Smith Bobby "Bobcat" Ervin 5:29

Notes

  • Track 1 features background vocals performed by Dawn Greene.
  • Track 3 features background vocals performed by Dawn Greene.
  • Track 8 features bass and guitar performed by Stan "Tha Guitar Man" Jones.
  • Track 12 features bass and guitar performed by Stan "Tha Guitar Man" Jones, and scratches performed by Bobcat.
  • Track 13 features bass and guitar performed by Stan "Tha Guitar Man" Jones, and scratches performed by Bobcat.
  • Track 14 features background vocals performed by Paulette McWilliams, Nicki Richards and Cindy Mizelle, violins performed by Gayle Dixon, Winterton Garvey, Elena Barere, Regis Indiorio, Karen Karlsrud, Carmel Malin, David Nadien, Anthony Posk, Matthew Raimonda and Elliot Rosoff, violas performed by Olivia Koppell and Julien Barber, cellos performed by Fred Sherry and Eugene Moye, harp performed by Gloria Agostini, and French horns performed by John Clark, Peter Gordon and Robert Carlisle.

Samples Edit

How I'm Comin'

  • "Don't Change Your Love" by Five Stairsteps
  • "Operator's Choice" by Mikey Dread
  • "Hot Pants - I'm Coming, I'm Coming, I'm Coming" by Bobby Byrd

Buckin' 'Em Down

  • "Gotcha (Theme from "Starsky & Hutch")" by Tom Scott
  • "Born to Be Blue" by Jack Bruce

Stand By Your Man

  • "Spinning Wheel" by Lonnie Smith
  • "Fool's Paradise" by Meli'sa Morgan

A Little Somethin'

  • "Sucker M.C.'s (Krush Groove 1)" by Run-D.M.C.
  • "Groove Me" by King Floyd

Pink Cookies in a Plastic Bag Getting Crushed by Buildings

  • "Blind Alley" by The Emotions

Straight from Queens

  • "Get Outta My Life Woman" by The New Apocalypse
  • "To da Break of Dawn" by LL Cool J

Funkadelic Relic

  • "It's a New Day" by Skull Snaps
  • "Wonderland by Night" by Bert Kaempfert
  • "Rip a Rhyme" by Da Youngsta's

All We Got Left Is the Beat

  • "Sing a Simple Song" by Sly & the Family Stone
  • "Bad Seed" by The Propositions
  • "Hollywood Squares" by Bootsy's Rubber Band

(NFA) No Frontin' Allowed

Back Seat (of My Jeep)

  • "You're Getting a Little Too Smart" by Detroit Emeralds
  • "Big Water Bed" by Monk Higgins feat. The Specialties

Soul Survivor

Ain't No Stoppin' This

  • "Funky President (People It's Bad)" by James Brown
  • "Get Up and Get Down" by The Dramatics

Diggy Down

  • "Summer in the City" by Quincy Jones feat. Valerie Simpson

Cross Roads

  • "Synthetic Substitution" by Melvin Bliss

Pink Cookies in a Plastic Bag Getting Crushed by Buildings (Remix)

  • "That's All Right With Me" by Esther Phillips
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