Question: What are you doing next in your music career?
LL Cool J: I just finished a new record. I just shot the first video - me and JLO did it. Jermaine Dupree produced it and it's called Control Myself.
Question: How did your collaboration with JLO come about?
LL Cool J: I made the song and I thought she'd be great for it and called her up and she was into it.
Question: Why did you think of her specifically?
LL Cool J: I think she's hot. Because I think it would be cool because we've done a song before that I thought was cool and it made sense.
Question: Does your music reflect personal growth when you're doing a new album or song? Is it representative of who you are now?
LL Cool J: Yes. Some of it is kinda like a lot of things. It's kinda like - sometimes it can be fantasy, right. Sometimes it can be me reflecting on things I've already been though in life, right. Sometimes it can be what's going on exactly at the moment in my life, sometimes it can be something that I may have seen you go through. Various things. Writing is like painting - who knows? Sometimes the woman that you paint isn't real, sometimes she is. I don't know. When Picasso would paint those paintings those people wouldn't have really looked like his muses - they change. They took on their own shapes, their own forms.
Question: Is the new album going to be different from what you've done before?
LL Cool J: Yeah, it's different because I did a lot more collaborating. I have a lot more - I put a lot of other artists on it, it's very different. I JLO on it, I have Genuwine, Mary J. Blige, 112, Tiara Maree on it, I have Freeway, Jules Santana, the gospel group Mary Mary, I have Ryan Toby from City High on it, I have Pharell Williams on it, I have a lot of different people on the record that make it....and I was more collaborative with the writing too so it's a different project for me from normal. It comes out in March.
Question: And the name?
LL Cool J: Todd Smith
Question: Did anything come out of the work you did with Justin Timberlake when you were shooting Edison? Are you guys planning anything?
Holy Sh#t Jermaine Dupree producing for Jennifer
never thought he would have done that