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14 Shots to the Dome
14 Shots to the Dome
Studio album by LL Cool J

Released

1 June 1993

Recorded

1992-1993 at House of Hits (NYC), Q. D. III Soundlab (Los Angeles, CA), Cove City Sound Studios (Long Island, NY), Unique Recording (NYC), Bobcat's House (Palmdale, CA) and Encore Studio (Burbank, CA)

Genre

Hip hop, hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

Length

64:44

Label

Def Jam, Columbia

Producer

Bobby "Bobcat" Ervin, Christopher Joseph Forte, Marley Marl, Q. D. III, Andrew Zenable

LL Cool J chronology

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Mr. Smith (1995)

14 Shots to the Dome is the fifth studio album by American rapper LL Cool J, released in 1993 on Def Jam Recordings. The album features production by QD3, Marley Marl and Bobby "Bobcat" Ervin, and sees LL Cool J adopting the sound of his West Coast gangsta rap contemporaries, especially that of Ice Cube and Cypress Hill. Many fans saw this as a jarring departure from his previous albums, and the album was met with a mixed critical and commercial response.

Track listingEdit

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "How I'm Comin'" LL Cool J Smith, Williams Marley Marl 5:06
2. "Buckin' Em Down" LL Cool J Jones, Smith Q. D. III 4:03
3. "Stand By Your Man" LL Cool J Ervin, Smith, Williams Marley Marl 4:50
4. "A Little Somethin'" LL Cool J Floyd, Smith, Williams Marley Marl 4:26
5. "Pink Cookies in a Plastic Bag Getting Crushed by Buildings" LL Cool J Smith, Williams Marley Marl 4:18
6. "Straight from Queens" LL Cool J, Lt. Stitchie Laing, Smith, Williams Marley Marl 4:55
7. "Funkadelic Relic" LL Cool J Smith, Williams Marley Marl 3:56
8. "All We Got Left Is the Beat" LL Cool J Ervin, Smith Bobby "Bobcat" Ervin 4:38
9. "(NFA) No Frontin' Allowed" LL Cool J, Lords of the Underground Armstrong, Kelly, Smith, Smith, Wardick, Williams Marley Marl 4:20
10. "Back Seat" LL Cool J Jones, Smith Q. D. III 4:32
11. "Soul Survivor" LL Cool J Forte, Jones, Smith, Zenable Q. D. III, Andrew Zenable, Christopher Joseph Forte 4:38
12. "Ain't No Stoppin' This" LL Cool J Ervin, Smith Bobby "Bobcat" Ervin 4:44
13. "Diggy Down" LL Cool J Ervin, Smith, Smith Bobby "Bobcat" Ervin 4:58
14. "Crossroads" LL Cool J Ervin, Smith Bobby "Bobcat" Ervin 5:29

Notes

  • Track 1 features background vocals performed by Dawn Greene.
  • Track 3 features background vocals performed by Dawn Greene.
  • Track 8 features bass and guitar performed by Stan "Tha Guitar Man" Jones.
  • Track 12 features bass and guitar performed by Stan "Tha Guitar Man" Jones, and scratches performed by Bobcat.
  • Track 13 features bass and guitar performed by Stan "Tha Guitar Man" Jones, and scratches performed by Bobcat.
  • Track 14 features background vocals performed by Paulette McWilliams, Nicki Richards and Cindy Mizelle, violins performed by Gayle Dixon, Winterton Garvey, Elena Barere, Regis Indiorio, Karen Karlsrud, Carmel Malin, David Nadien, Anthony Posk, Matthew Raimonda and Elliot Rosoff, violas performed by Olivia Koppell and Julien Barber, cellos performed by Fred Sherry and Eugene Moye, harp performed by Gloria Agostini, and French horns performed by John Clark, Peter Gordon and Robert Carlisle.

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