In this week’s FLASHBACK, we feature LL Cool J’s I’m Bad. This is a hip hop classic.
“I’m Bad” (sometimes spelled I’m BAD) is the first single from LL Cool J‘s second album, Bigger and Deffer. It was released in 1987 for Def Jam Recordings. I’m Bad made it to several Billboard Charts, including #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, #4 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, #2 on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales, #3 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play and #1 on the UK Singles Chart. This single was followed by “I Need Love” and “Go Cut Creator Go“.
The song samples the Theme from “S.W.A.T.” by Rhythm Heritage, Federal Signal Corporation‘s famous Q2B siren, and an interpolation of the theme song from the 1960s syndicated animated series Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse. It is the first mainstream rap song where the phrase ‘motherfucker’ was used (usually edited from radio airplay).