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The Inside Story Of LL Cool J’s Iconic ‘Walking With A Panther’ Album Cover
The audacious cover of LL Cool J’s Walking With A Panther instantly elevated the 1989 album to iconic status. Flagrantly throwing off the usual success symbols of cars, cash, and models, for his third studio project on Def Jam, the Hollis, Queens-raised James Todd Smith decided instead to pose in his signature bucket hat alongside an attitude-laden panther rocking a heavyweight gold chain. It’s an image that’s now etched in the annals of golden era hip-hop iconography.