Metascore
46

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. Apr 30, 2013
    70
    Thirty years in, LL still spins taut couplets as often as he licks his lips and delivers them with nimble style.
  2. May 15, 2013
    60
    Despite his years away acting, LL hasn't really lost his touch rapping. What he has lost is a sense of focus and direction.
  3. Apr 30, 2013
    60
    Not "authentic"--amiable.
  4. Apr 30, 2013
    60
    The beats here don't always pop, but Authentic offers plenty of lyrical pleasures across 12 rather dense tracks--less bloated than the garden-variety, 18-song hip-hop album, but with plenty of substance nonetheless.
  5. May 8, 2013
    50
    Unfortunately, Authentic suffers the same fate as LL’s other late-career missteps: too many features and a superficial brand of R&B bog down another release from one of rap’s earliest superstars.
  6. Apr 30, 2013
    50
    LL sounds rusty and a bit under-rehearsed as he belts out his iffy punch lines and motivational anthems, but he pours his heart into the pop numbers and sounds at home during the nostalgic throwbacks.
  7. Apr 30, 2013
    25
    Authentic not only misses the mark, it doesn't even come close.
  8. Jun 3, 2013
    20
    Authentic is just not an album anyone should be bothering with.
  9. May 2, 2013
    20
    Authentic is ridiculous right down to the heavy-breathing interludes, which worked for Usher circa 2003.
User Score
4.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. May 5, 2013
    3
    Maybe LL Cool J don't remember that we are in 2013. Authentic is a stupid, meaningless and unbearable album. One of the worst album of thisMaybe LL Cool J don't remember that we are in 2013. Authentic is a stupid, meaningless and unbearable album. One of the worst album of this year and the last ten years. Full Review »