Mr. Smith
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Studio album by LL Cool J


November 21, 1995


August 1994 - March 1995


Battery Studios
(New York City)
Chung King Studios
(Manhattan, New York)
Giant Recording Studio
(New York City)
Larrabee Sound Studios
(Los Angeles, CA)
Platinum Island Studios
(New York City)
Soundtrack Studios
(New York City)
Stone Creek Studios
(Gladwyne, PA)


Hip hop, East Coast hip hop, Hardcore hip hop




Def Jam Recordings / PolyGram


Trackmasters, Rashad Smith, Easy Mo Bee, Chad Elliott, Chyskillz

Mr. Smith is the sixth studio album by American rapper LL Cool J. It was released in November 21, 1995 under Def Jam Recordings and PolyGram Records. Recording sessions took place in August 1994 through March 1995 at Larrabee Sound Studios in Los Angeles, CA, Stone Creek Studios in Gladwyne, PA and Battery Studios, Chung King Studios, Giant Recording Studio, Platinum Island Studios and Soundtrack Studios in New York City. The album was produced by Trackmasters, Rashad Smith, Easy Mo Bee, Chyskillz and Chad Elliott. Features guest appearances by Boyz II Men, Terri & Monica, LeShaun, Keith Murray, Prodigy (of Mobb Deep), Fat Joe, and Foxy Brown.

The album spawned the singles: "Hey Lover", "Doin' It", "Loungin'" and "I Shot Ya". The album has certified Double Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

  1. "The Intro (skit)" - 1:33
  2. "Make It Hot" - 4:31
  3. "Hip Hop" - 5:00
  4. "Hey Lover" (feat. Boyz II Men) - 4:44
  5. "Doin' It" (feat. LeShaun) - 4:53
  6. "Life As..." - 2:44
  7. "I Shot Ya" (feat. Keith Murray) - 3:51
  8. "Mr. Smith" - 3:59
  9. "No Airplay" - 5:43
  10. "Loungin'" (feat. Terri & Monica) - 4:12
  11. "Hollis to Hollywood" - 3:58
  12. "God Bless It" - 3:47
  13. "Get da Drop on 'Em" - 3:57
  14. "Prelude (skit)" - 0:30
  15. "I Shot Ya (Remix)" (feat. Keith Murray, Prodigy (of Mobb Deep), Fat Joe and Foxy Brown) - 5:03

Samples[edit | edit source]

The Intro

  • "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Main Title)" by Ennio Morricone

Make It Hot

Hip Hop

  • "Tell Me If You Still Care" by The S.O.S. Band
  • "The Bridge" by MC Shan

Hey Lover

  • "All Night Long" by Mary Jane Girls
  • "The Lady in My Life" by Michael Jackson

Doin' It

I Shot Ya

  • "Put It on the Line" by Lyn Collins

Mr. Smith

  • "What a Night" by Hubert Laws
  • "The Boss" by James Brown

No Airplay

  • "Why Can't People Be Colors Too?" by The Whatnauts
  • "Blessed" by The Emotions


  • "Nite and Day" by Al B. Sure!

Hollis to Hollywood

God Bless It

  • "The Message From the Soul Sisters" by Myra Barnes
  • "Escape-Ism" by James Brown
  • "The Def Fresh Crew" by Roxanne Shanté
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