L. L. Cool J – Rock Da Bells 0n – SNJ

Written by on October 2, 2016

Rock the Bells is the third single from LL Cool J’s debut album, “Radio”. It was released in 1985 for Def Jam Recordings, was written by LL Cool J and produced by Rick Rubin. It was the follow-up to “I Can Give You More”. “Rock the Bells” peaked at #17 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Despite the song’s title, no bells can be heard in the album recording. The original version of the song, riddled with bells of various types including a cowbell, is 7 minutes and 11 seconds long and was only released on 12 inch vinyl.

The song was later sampled by LL Cool J himself for his song “Mama Said Knock You Out”, from his album of the same name. The intro was famously parodied by English footballer John Barnes for his 1988 single “Anfield Rap”. The song also featured in the 2002 video game Mat Hoffman’s Pro BMX 2 and the 2008 video game Skate It and “Skate 2”.

The song was also used in the video game DJ Hero in which it was mixed with The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony”.The song was later featured on LL Cool J’s compilation album All World: Greatest Hits .

Rock the Bells (song). (2016, June 11).

A All-Time Hip Hop Classic – DJ 3xL


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