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Bigger and Deffer (abbreviated as BAD on the album cover) is the second studio album by American rapper LL Cool J, released on May 29, 1987 by Def Jam Recordings and Columbia Records. It is remembered most for containing the first commercially successful "rap ballad", "I Need Love". It also contains the single "Go Cut Creator Go", which paid homage to his DJ, and the breakthrough single in the U.K. "I'm Bad". With over two million copies sold in the United States alone, [1] it stands as one of LL Cool J's biggest career albums.

Bigger and Deffer
LL Cool J - Bigger and Deffer.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 29, 1987[1]
StudioChung King House of Metal, New York City
GenreHip hop
LL Cool J chronology
Bigger and Deffer
Walking with a Panther
Singles from Bigger and Deffer
  1. "I'm Bad"
    Released: June 13, 1987
  2. "I Need Love"
    Released: July 22, 1987
  3. "Go Cut Creator Go"
    Released: October 15, 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars[3]
Q3/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[6]
Spin Alternative Record Guide7/10[7]
The Village VoiceC+[8]

In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums, while receiving mixed reviews from other critics. The cover photo was taken in front of Andrew Jackson High School in Queens (which LL Cool J attended before dropping out in the 10th or 11th grade),[9] and the back cover was shot in his grandmother's basement where he was living at the time; both images were shot by Glen E. Friedman.

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by J.T. Smith, Bobby Ervin, Darryl Pierce and Dwayne Simon, except where noted.

  1. "I'm Bad" – 4:39
  2. "Kanday" – 3:59
  3. "Get Down" – 3:23
  4. "The Bristol Hotel" – 2:43
  5. "My Rhyme Ain't Done" – 3:45
  6. ".357 – Break It On Down" (Smith/Mark Jordan/Ervin/Pierce/Simon) – 4:05
  7. "Go Cut Creator Go" – 3:57
  8. "The Breakthrough" – 4:04
  9. "I Need Love" (Simon/Steven Ettenger/Ervin/Smith) – 5:23
  10. "Ahh, Let's Get Ill" – 3:45
  11. "The Do Wop" – 4:59
  12. "On the Ill Tip (Skit)" – 0:31


Person Credit
James Todd Smith a.k.a. LL Cool J vocals, producer
Bobby "Bobcat" Ervin[10] disc jockey
Russell Simmons production supervisor
Steven Ett engineer, mixing
Rod Hui engineer
Jay Henry engineer
Mark Mandelbaum engineer
Chuck Vale assistant engineer
Howie Weinberg mastering
L.A. Posse (Darryl Pierce, Dwayne Simon, and Bobby Erving) additional vocals, producer
Eric Haze design
Nelson George liner notes
Glen E. Friedman liner photography


Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1987) Peak
Dutch Albums Chart 28
German Albums Chart 35
New Zealand Albums Chart 23
UK Albums Chart 54
US Billboard 200 3
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1


Single information
"I'm Bad"
"I Need Love"
  • Released: July 2, 1987 (entered Billboard's Hot 100 chart week ending August 1)
  • B-side: "My Rhyme Ain't Done"
  • Billboard Hot 100 #14
  • Hot Black Singles #1


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[11] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[12] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b Archived August 30, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Bigger & Deffer – LL Cool J". AllMusic. Retrieved July 8, 2017.
  3. ^ Johnson, Connie (July 5, 1987). "Def Doings in Rap Arena". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  4. ^ "LL Cool J: Bigger and Deffer". Q (108): 124. September 1995.
  5. ^ Walace, Emanuel (September 1, 2009). "LL Cool J :: Bigger and Deffer :: Def Jam". RapReviews. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  6. ^ Coleman, Mark; Randall, Mac (2004). "L.L. Cool J". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 491–92. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  7. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). "LL Cool J". Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. p. 227. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (September 1, 1987). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  9. ^ BestofQueens2004 Archived February 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ DJ Bobcat
  11. ^ "Canadian album certifications – LL Cool J – Bigger and Deffer". Music Canada.
  12. ^ "American album certifications – LL Cool J – Bigger and Deffer". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.