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Know Your Samples: The Jones Girls Get LL Cool J Refocused on “Take It”

The Jones Girls got LL sounding young again...

When LL Cool J dropped “Ratchet” a few weeks ago, the track was deservedly panned by critics and fans alike. One of my colleagues went as far as to claim LL was completely washed up. Well, LL heard the naysayers and has returned with a much better effort in “Take It.” LL’s career found new life in the mid 90s when he hooked up with the Trackmasters for the multi-platinum Mr. Smith album. For 2012, the production looks back to 1980 for a beautiful, majestic ballad off The Jones Girls’ 1980 At Peace With Woman.

The Trackmasters can’t claim credit for touching it first (I believe that credit goes to Royal Flush’s 1997 “What A Shame”), but they flip it for a butter-smooth template that serves perfect for LL’s vintage serenades to the ladies. Hold off on those calls for LL to stick to acting. The Jones Girls got LL sounding young again.

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LL COOL J FT. JOE “TAKE IT”

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