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Walking with a Panther
Walking with a Panther
Studio album by LL Cool J

Released

6 June 1989

Recorded

1988-1989 at Chung King House of Metal (NYC, NY)

Genre

Hip hop

Length

76:45 (CD), 84:29 (cassette)

Label

Def Jam, Columbia, CBS

Producer

LL Cool J, Bryan Philpot, Rick Rubin, Eric "Vietnam" Sadler, Hank Shocklee, Keith Shocklee, Dwayne Simon

LL Cool J chronology

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Bigger and Deffer (1987)

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Mama Said Knock You Out (1990)

Walking with a Panther is the third album by American rapper LL Cool J, released in 1989 on Def Jam Recordings. While his previous album Bigger and Deffer was produced with the assistance of production team The L.A. Posse, Dwayne Simon was the only member of the group willing to work on Walking with a Panther as the other members refused to work on the album after Def Jam refused to pay them a higher salary. Walking with a Panther was thus primarily produced by LL Cool J and Dwayne Simon, with additional production by Rick Rubin and The Bomb Squad.

The album peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The album's singles "Going Back to Cali", "I'm That Type of Guy", "Jingling Baby", "Big Ole Butt" and "One Shot at Love" also achieved chart success. However, the album was met with a mixed response from the hip hop community, who were unfavorable of the several love ballads featured on the album.

Track listingEdit

All songs performed by LL Cool J.

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Droppin' Em" Simon, Smith LL Cool J, Dwayne Simon (co.) 4:23
2. "Smokin', Dopin'" Simon, Smith LL Cool J, Dwayne Simon (co.) 3:32
3. "Fast Peg" Philpot, Smith LL Cool J, Dwayne Simon (co.), Bryan Philpot (add.) 1:40
4. "Clap Your Hands" Smith LL Cool J, Dwayne Simon (co.) 5:08
5. "Nitro" Sadler, Shocklee, Smith LL Cool J, Dwayne Simon (co.), Hank Shocklee (add.), Eric "Vietnam" Sadler (add.) 4:44
6. "You're My Heart" Simon, Smith LL Cool J, Dwayne Simon (co.) 4:45
7. "I'm That Type of Guy" Ett, Simon, Smith LL Cool J, Dwayne Simon (co.) 5:16
8. "Why Do You Think They Call It Dope?" Simon, Smith LL Cool J, Dwayne Simon (co.) 3:51
9. "Going Back to Cali" Rubin, Smith LL Cool J, Dwayne Simon (co.), Rick Rubin (add.) 4:09
10. "It Gets No Rougher" Sadler, Shocklee, Shocklee, Smith LL Cool J, Dwayne Simon (co.), Hank Shocklee (add.), Eric Sadler (add.), Keith Shocklee (add.) 5:27
11. "Big Ole Butt" Latture, Simon, Smith LL Cool J, Dwayne Simon (co.) 4:35
12. "One Shot at Love" Ett, Smith, Simon LL Cool J, Dwayne Simon (co.) 4:19
13. "1-900 L.L. Cool J" Smith, Simon LL Cool J, Dwayne Simon (co.) 3:02
14. "Two Different Worlds" Ett, Simon, Smith LL Cool J, Dwayne Simon (co.) 5:49
15. "Jealous" Ett, Simon, Smith LL Cool J, Dwayne Simon (co.) 3:55
16. "Jingling Baby" Latture, Simon, Smith LL Cool J, Dwayne Simon (co.) 4:16
17. "Def Jam in the Motherland" Latture, Simon, Smith LL Cool J, Dwayne Simon (co.) 4:35
18. "Change Your Ways" Ett, Simon, Smith LL Cool J, Dwayne Simon (co.) 3:20

Notes

  • Track 4 features lead guitar performed by Billy "Spaceman" Patterson.
  • Track 12 features keyboards performed by David Tobacmon.
  • Track 14 features lead vocals performed by Cydne'Monet.
  • Track 18 features drums performed by Tony "Funky Drummer" Walls.

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