After 22 years, LL Cool J comes to the end of his contract with Def Jam with "Exit 13," due this week, and the veteran rapper says he made sure he "put my heart and soul into this album."

After 22 years, LL Cool J comes to the end of his contract with Def Jam with "Exit 13," due this week, and the veteran rapper says he made sure he "put my heart and soul into this album."

The 19-track set begins with the intro "It's Time for War," which finds him reconfirming his place in hip-hop history and addressing the naysayers. "It's okay if you call it a comeback / and let them know I'm ready for combat / tell those dumb motherf*ckers to fall back," he raps over bells and violins.

He continues to boast on tracks like the kazoo-heavy, Marley Marl-produced "You Better Watch Me," which will be released as a promotional single in the coming weeks. "My style can't be defined / I'll be relevant forever / get it through your mind," he raps.

LL Cool J also pays homage to the music and artists that have influenced him throughout the years on the scratch-heavy "This Is Ring Tone Murder," featuring Grandmaster Caz, and the horn-laden "Old School New School." The sexually driven "Feel My Heart Beat" samples Seduction's "Heatbeat," and is in contention to be released as a second single.