Phenomenon is the seventh full-length original album by rapper LL Cool J. After the success of his previous release Mr. Smith, the same basic principles are followed here, with several R&B-influenced tracks, and a couple of more hardcore Rap tracks. The album was not as commercially successful as Mr. Smith in terms of sales, but it did go Platinum. The album is executively produced by Sean "Puffy" Combs and therefore features production from his in-house roster of producers The Hitmen.

Track listing

# Title Length Featured Artists Producer(s)
1 "Phenomenon" 4:04 Sean "Puffy" Combs for The Hitmen
2 "Candy" 4:32 Ricky Bell & Ralph Tresvant Poke & Tone
3 "Starsky & Hutch" 4:03 Busta Rhymes L.E.S.
4 "Another Dollar" 3:48 Curt Gowdy, Poke & Tone
5 "Nobody Can Freak You" 3:20 LeShaun & Keith Sweat Poke & Tone
6 "Hot, Hot, Hot" 4:22 Sean "Puffy" Combs, Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, & Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence for The Hitmen
7 "4, 3, 2, 1" 4:16 Canibus, DMX, Method Man & Redman Erick Sermon
8 "Wanna Get Paid" 4:11 The Lost Boyz Daven "Prestige" Vanderpool
9 "Father" 4:44 Poke & Tone
10 "Don't Be Late, Don't Come Too Soon" 6:38 Tamia Steven "Stevie J" Jordan for The Hitmen

Unreleased Tracks

  • There is an unreleased track that did not make it to the final selection with Canibus. It has different lyrics which mentions borrowing the mic on LL's arm on the song 4, 3, 2, 1. The song also caused the rivalry between the LL Cool J and Canibus.
  • For the original version of 4, 3, 2, 1, it contains lyrics from LL not on the album version, such as "I need drama// I'm like Alfred Hitchcock// Your baby's gonna back up like Sir Mixalot//" and "This ain't no GAP commercial". Canibus also has extended lyrics [1].
  • According to the Beef DVD, Master P was apparently also supposed to appear on 4, 3, 2, 1. His verse ended up on the remix, replacing Canibus.

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