City Paper is not for tourists
Was there a weirder, more perfect moment on MTV than LL Cool J’s performance on Unplugged? Let’s forget about the rapper’s long string of lousy movies. And let’s just ignore the man’s exercise book, LL Cool J’s Platinum Workout (billed as “a revolutionary new program that promises to help anyone build muscle and burn fat en rout[e] to 6-pack abs”). OK, that’s a lot to dismiss. But today, City Paper critic Joe Warminsky blogs up an appreciation of that glorious moment of underarm deodorant, shirtlessness, and rockin’ two mics at once. You can read it here.