LL Cool J At 50+: “Dreams Don’t Have Deadlines”

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LL Cool J said in his autobiography that the idea for the song “Mama Said Knock You Out” came from a discussion with his grandmother. He said to his grandmother that he felt that he couldn’t survive as a rapper now that gangster/hardcore rap was popular and he was being talked about by several up-and-coming rappers; and seen in as washed up. She responded, “Oh baby, just knock them out!”