After talk of LL going soft on his last two albums (Mr. Smith, Phenomenon) he flew back to queens to produce the masterpeice that is G.O.A.T. (The Greatest Of All Time) with the intent on re-instating his place as the true king of hip-hop. This album has everything, as usual there are the tracks for the honeyz (Imagine That, Hello, Take It Off, U & Me) and L has also laced the album with a couple of real deep, insightfull tracks such as "This Is Us" and "Homicide" which LL speaks from the heart on real subjects that really matter! The bulk of this album though is LL re-introducing himself to the streets, with hardcore anthems such as "Can't Think", "Queens Is", "Farmers", "LL Cool J" and title track "The G.O.A.T.". This album also sees LL addressing former beefs with Any Given Sunday star Jamie Foxx on the track "U Can't F**k With Me" and his arch nemisis Canibus on "Back Where I Belong".
The album is not 100% perfect due to one or two weak links but overall this is an amazing album with tracks for absolutely everyone, including the three bonus tracks "Ill Bomb", "M.I.S.S. I", and "Shut Em Down". After the dissapointing Phenomenon album it is hard to beleive that LL still has the abiltiy to produce such a great album which I feel is one of the greatest albums of 2000 so far. This is LL's best work in years as The G.O.A.T. shows LL spitting fire with a ferocity we haven't seen from him in almost 10 years, and a must buy for all LL and/or hip-hop fans!