2016: The Year in Charts

The DEFinition

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