from the album Mama Said Knock You Out (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #17 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9
Today's song of the day comes from rapper LL Cool J, whose fourth album Mama Said Knock You Out had landed him his first top ten pop hit with the smooth as syrup "Around The Way Girl" in the spring of 1991. The title track from the album was released as the follow-up, and "Mama Said Knock You Out" was the highlight of the record, with an angry LL putting down all who come to dis him - and to this day obliterates every single one of those braggadocio "battle tracks" that's come after. And the music video, which places the rapper in the boxing ring, has become iconic, with a cute cameo from his own grandmother at the end...
"Mama Said Knock You Out" became LL's fifth top-40 pop hit in June of 1991. The record climbed to #12 on Billboard's R&B chart, while it what his fourth record to top their Rap Singles list (along with this album's "Around The Way" and "The Boomin' System"). The remixes on the 12" vinyl/CD single helped it peak at #7 on their Dance Club Play tally. Internationally, the track reached #37 in Australia, but just missed the top-40 in the UK at #41. At the 1992 Grammy Awards, LL Cool J won the Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance.
A fifth single from the album, "6 Minutes Of Pleasure", got to #26 on the R&B chart, and slipped on the pop Hot 100 in America at #95.
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