Veteran hip-hop star LL Cool J is searching for a new recording contract - after his longtime label Def Jam opted against keeping him on their books.

The rapper released his tenth album, 10, in October (02) on Def Jam Records and is now a free agent.

According to New York's DAILY NEWS, the rapper initially hoped to re-sign with Def Jam Records for $20 million (GBP13.3 million) but the label was not enthused.

The rapper's spokeswoman says, "He's continuing to negotiate with Def Jam."

02/06/2003 21:07