Bigger and Deffer

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Bigger and Deffer
LL Cool J - Bigger and Deffer.jpg
Studio album by LL Cool J
Released May 29, 1987[1]
Recorded 1986–1987
Studio Chung King House of Metal
(New York City)
Genre Golden age hip hop
Length 45:13
Label Def Jam, Columbia, CBS Records
CK 40793 (North America)
450515 (international)
Producer LL Cool J, L.A. Posse, DJ Pooh
LL Cool J chronology
Bigger and Deffer
Walking with a Panther
(1989)Walking with a Panther1989
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
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau C+[3]
Q 3/5 stars[4]
Rhapsody (favorable)[5]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[6]
Spin (favorable)[7]
Trouser Press (mixed)[8]
Yahoo! Music (favorable)[9]

Bigger and Deffer (BAD) is the second studio album by rapper LL Cool J and 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 3 million copies sold in the United States alone, it stands as LL Cool J's biggest career album.

In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums, while receiving mixed reviews from other critics. The front cover photograph on the album 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),[10] 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 listing[edit]

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[11] 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 charts[edit]

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)[12] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[13] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

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


  1. ^ Archived August 30, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ AllMusic review
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "LL Cool J". Robert Christgau. 
  4. ^ Q review
  5. ^ "Rhapsody review". Archived from the original on June 15, 2009. Retrieved July 8, 2017. 
  6. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (July 8, 2017). "The New Rolling Stone Album Guide". Simon and Schuster. Retrieved July 8, 2017 – via Google Books. 
  7. ^ LLC, SPIN Media (August 1, 1987). "SPIN". SPIN Media LLC. Retrieved July 8, 2017 – via Google Books. 
  8. ^ " :: LL Cool J". Retrieved July 8, 2017. 
  9. ^ Yahoo! Music review
  10. ^ BestofQueens2004 Archived February 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ DJ Bobcat
  12. ^ "Canadian album certifications – LL Cool J – Bigger and Deffer". Music Canada. 
  13. ^ "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