Exit 13 is LL Cool J's final album for Def Jam, which released his debut, Radio—dare I say it?—nearly a quarter-century ago. So at this, the culmination of his career, it isn't surprising to find the rapper defiantly affirming the supremacy and vitality of his legacy. "Launched the greatest label in the history of rap/And for 24 years I carried it on my back," he proclaims on the Wagnerian "It's Time for War." Nor is it shocking that one of hip-hop's most emotive vocalists decries the current, relatively unexpressive state of the music during the Gamble &... More >>>