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."