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LL Cool J Pretends To Retire, Then Announces New Album

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LL Cool J has been going off on Twitter.

The veteran hip-hop star went on a since-deleted Twitter rant after spending a significant amount of time proclaiming his greatness a few days ago. When some followers suggested that the rap legend was past his prime, he issued several scathing retorts, again extolling his brilliance–before declaring he was retiring.

Only to reveal he was just kidding.

“Today I’m officially coming out of retirement. And starting a new album,” LL tweeted. “Studio time is set for 8pm.. I’m gonna massacre the rap game!!!”

The Twitter rant was the latest in what is suddenly a flurry of James Todd Smith activity online. A few days ago, LL was with Dr. Dre in the studio to drop a new verse.

The last official album from LL Cool J was 2013’s underwhelming Authentic. That same year, LL collaborated with country star Brad Paisley on “Accidental Racist,” a widely-panned attempt at social commentary.


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