LL Cool J

I Need Love

Composed by David Pierce / Dwayne "Muffla" Simon / James Todd Smith / Robert Ervin

Song Review by

L.L. Cool J wrote "I Need Love" from the depths of his heart. The 18-year-old didn't have a girlfriend at the time. Contemplating his situation in his grandmother's basement, he wrote the lyrics of "I Need Love" in about a half an hour. Luckily the production process didn't overly clutter or hamper the track; it's sparse, keeping the focus on the lyrics. The rapper's friends thought "I Need Love" sounded hokey and that it was the worst thing they'd ever heard. Remember, before "I Need Love" there were no rap ballads. Co-written and produced by L.L. Cool J and the L.A. Posse, "I Need Love" went to number one R&B and number 14 pop in the fall of 1987. His double-platinum Bigger and Deffer album also yielded the Top Four R&B single "I'm Bad."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Bigger & Deffer 1987 Def Jam 5:22
Kool Rap 1988
Various Artists
Priority
Magic 108 FM 1990
Various Artists
Warlock Records 5:24
Rap's Biggest Hits 1990
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
Let's Talk About Love 1992
Various Artists
Dino Entertainment 4:14
Best of 1980-1990, Vol. 6 1992
Various Artists
Electrola 5:23
Now: 1987 [40 Tracks] 1993
Various Artists
Virgin/EMI
No Image 1994 Def Jam
Old School, Vol. 2: Love Songs 1995
Various Artists
Thump Records 5:20
Def Jam Music Group Inc. 10th Year Anniversary 1995
Various Artists
Def Jam / RAL / RAL (Rush Associated Labels) / Universal 5:23
Endless Love [Intersound] 1996
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Black & Beautiful, Vol. 1 1996
Various Artists
UNI Record 5:24
Old School Love Songs, Vol. 1 1996
Various Artists
Thump Records
Now: 1987 [36 Tracks] 1998
Various Artists
Virgin/EMI 4:16
Burning Hearts: Best Sad Songs for Your Soul 2000
Various Artists
Empire DisK / Polygram
Old School Love Songs [Box Set] 2001
Various Artists
Thump Records 5:20
De Pre Historie: De Jaren 80, Vol. 2 (1987) 2001
Various Artists
Eva 5:24
R&B Lovesongs 2002
Various Artists
Sony BMG 5:16
#1 Spot [DVD] 2005
Various Artists
Def Jam
Ballads, Vol. 2 2006
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
20 Years of Rage 2007
Various Artists
ABC Music 5:22
Hip Hop Classics Collection 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 5:23
80's Top 100 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:44
Def Jam 25: DJ Bring That Back 2009
Various Artists
Def Jam 5:23
Def Jam Recordings 25th Anniversary 2009
Various Artists
Def Jam 5:22
Latest & Greatest: R&B Love 2013
Various Artists
Union Square Music / USM Media 5:22
Greatest Ever! 80s Pop Anthems 2013
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 5:22
5 Classic Albums 2014 Def Jam 5:23
No Image
Various Artists
Bertus Distribution / Universal B.V. 5:22
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