The Marley Marl produced album received critical acclaim and eventually went double Platinum selling over two million copies according to the RIAA.
Mama Said Knock You Out marked a turning point in LL Cool J's career, as he proved to critics his ability to stay relevant and hard-edged despite the misgivings of his previous album.
After acting in The Hard Way and Toys, LL Cool J released 14 Shots to the Dome.
The album had four singles ("How I'm Comin'", "Back Seat (of My Jeep)", the strangely titled "Pink Cookies in a Plastic Bag Getting Crushed by Buildings”, “Stand By Your Man") and guest-featured labelmates Lords of the Underground on "NFA-No Frontin' Allowed". LL Cool J starred in In the House, an NBC sitcom, before releasing Mr.
LL's biological great-uncle was hall of fame boxer John Henry Lewis.