How do you keep things fresh when you're an MC on your 11th album? If you're LL Cool J, you team up with Timbaland to create a host of party-ready, female-friendly tracks.

How do you keep things fresh when you're an MC on your 11th album? If you're LL Cool J, you team up with Timbaland to create a host of party-ready, female-friendly tracks. That's what the veteran rapper-turned-actor has done with "The DEFinition." Lead single "Headsprung," a kinetic anthem, has been embraced by radio and the clubs. "I'm About to Get Her" finds LL harnessing his inner Jay-Z. Produced by Teddy Riley, the acoustic guitar-tinged track, which features R. Kelly, is eerily reminiscent of "Fiesta." LL again aims at the ladies on "Hush." This smooth, melodic, midtempo groove, featuring 7 Aurelius, is tailor-made for LL's mature and sexy lyric. The rugged, electro-hued "Move Somethin' " squarely targets dancefloors. Light on filler, "The DEFinition" proves that, after 21 years in the industry, LL is as relevant as many of his contemporaries.—RH