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LL Cool J: Float Like A Butterfly, Sting Like A Beat Box

Roy Trakin, Creem, August 1986

LL COOL J COMES on like a rap version of Muhammad Ali, taking delight in clever wordplay with a showman's sense of timing and a throbbing boombox beat. His name may be a typical homeboy's boast (Ladies Love Cool James), but this 18-year-old from Hollis, Queens, talks it like he walks it and then some.

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