Today in Hip Hop History: Bigger and Deffer

Bigger and Deffer (1987)

July 22, 1987

LL Cool J released his second studio album Bigger and Deffer through Def Jam Records in 1987. Bigger and Deffer remains LL Cool J’s greatest and most commercially successful project to this day. The album was recorded in the Chung King House of Metal in New York City and produced by L.A. Posse and DJ Pooh.

Bigger And Deffer featured his classic hits “Go Cut Creator Go”, “I’m Bad”, and the crossover joint “I Need Love”, hip hop’s first hit love song.

The front cover photograph on the album was shot in front of Andrew Jackson High School in Queens (where LL Cool J attended before dropping out). The back cover featured LL Cool J wearing boxing gloves hitting a heavy bag next to his DJ, Cut Creator, and his hype man, E Love. It was taken in his grandmother’s basement where he was living at the time. Both images were shot by Glen E. Friedman.

Bigger and Deffer peaked the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums at #1 for eleven weeks, and topped the Billboard 200 at #3. In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source’s 100 Best Rap Albums.

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