"With 'Authentic,' I wanted to work on a project that showed my genuine love for music and was truly made for the fans," said the 45-year-old rapper. "I'm not trying to compete with 17-year-olds on the radio, but I am talking directly to the folks who came up with me and those who love real music. We may not be teenagers anymore, but we do still like to have fun."
Prior to releasing "Whaddup," LL dropped two songs from the project -- "Ratchet" and "Take It" -- with the intention to put out the album on Feb. 12 under the title "Authentic Hip Hop." He then pushed the project back to May 7, but has now moved it up a week.
The veteran rapper previously released his final album for Def Jam, "Exit 13," in September 2008. The LP failed to attain the success of prior LPs, bowing at No. 9 on the chart with 44,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.