I'm Bad

"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 and was produced by the production group, The L.A. Posse and LL Cool J himself, with Russell Simmons executive producing the single. I'm Bad made it onto several Billboard charts. It was LL's Hot 100 debut, reaching #84. It also hit #4 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, #2 on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales, #34 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play and #71 on the UK Singles Chart.[1][2] This single was followed by "I Need Love" and "Go Cut Creator Go".

"I'm Bad"
Single by LL Cool J
from the album Bigger and Deffer
B-side"Get Down"
ReleasedJune 13, 1987
FormatVinyl single, 12"
GenreGolden age hip hop, hardcore hip hop
LabelDef Jam Recordings
Songwriter(s)James Todd Smith
Producer(s)L.A. Posse, LL Cool J
LL Cool J singles chronology
"You'll Rock"
"I'm Bad"
"I Need Love"

The song samples the "Theme from S.W.A.T." by Rhythm Heritage, LL Cool J's "Rock the Bells", 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. Diss track "The Syndicate" by Ice-T, mimics the song's hook. The song would be sampled in return in Deejay Punk-Roc's My Beatbox which appeared in Thrasher: Skate & Destroy, as well as in Eminem’s "Kamikaze" from the album of the same name.[3]

Track listing

The Bigger Side
  • "I'm Bad"- 4:39
The Deffer Side
  • "Get Down"- 3:23


  1. "Billboard Singles". All Media Guide / Billboard. Retrieved 2010-03-09.
  2. "Official Charts Company". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2010-03-09.
  3. Minsker, Evan (August 30, 2018). Pitchfork [Eminem Drops Surprise New Album Kamikaze: Listen Eminem Drops Surprise New Album Kamikaze: Listen] Check |url= value (help). Retrieved August 31, 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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