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LL Cool J Announces ‘Kings of the Mic’ Tour with Ice Cube, Public Enemy, & De La Soul

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LL Cool J has assembled a legendary lineup for his next tour. Some of hip-hop’s greatest MCs will bless the stage during the “Kings of the Mic” tour.

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Video: Ice Cube – ‘Everythang’s Corrupt’

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With the presidential election just days away, Ice Cube causes commotion with the powerful video for “Everythang’s Corrupt” featuring Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello. The politically and socially-charged song serves as the title track from his forthcoming album, due next spring.

Never one to bite his tongue, the notorious rap rebel vents about hot topics as images of world tragedies, politicians, and celebrities flash across the screen.

“With the election so close, it’s time to put down the club/booty music and talk about real issues,” said Cube, who raps over a sample of Betty Wright’s 1968 hit “Girls Can’t Do What the Guys Do.” “‘Everythang’s Corrupt’ is a sign of the times song that highlights the ills of today’s society. I pride myself on delivering street knowledge. This song and video is no exception.”

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Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland, Big Sean, & Trey Songz Storm Sydney for Supafest

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Some of the biggest hip-hop and R&B stars in the U.S. traveled Down Under for Supafest 2012, Australia’s largest urban music festival.

A tatted Chris Brown thrilled with his chart-topping hits, Kelly Rowland added some sizzle to the stage, Lupe Fiasco raged in a Bulls jersey, and Big Sean and Trey Songz catered to the ladies during the second day in Sydney.

Diddy and Rick Ross pulled out at the last minute, citing issues with promoters, but hip-hop vets Ice Cube, Ludacris, and Naughty by Nature filled the void.

The four-date festival will also play Melbourne and Perth, and is expected to draw over 100,000 attendees.

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New Music: OMG – ‘Jackin’ for Beats’ [Mixtape]

Jackin' for Beats

Another child of hip-hop royalty steps up to the plate. OMG (Oh My Goodness), son of legendary West Coast rapper Ice Cube, drops his first mixtape Jackin’ for Beats. After getting his first major placement on his father’s 2010 album I Am the West, OMG follows in his dad’s footsteps with the free 10-track download. Hear him rhyme over popular hits including Meek Mill’s “House Party,” Waka Flocka Flame’s “No Hands,” and Drake’s “The Motto,” without so much as a feature from his pops.

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Ice Cube Stars on VH1’s ‘Behind the Music’ [Full Episode]

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Ice Cube gives viewers an intimate look at his three-decade-long career—from a founding member of N.W.A. to a blockbuster movie star—on VH1’s “Behind the Music.” The extraordinary life of O’Shea Jackson starts with his childhood in South Central Los Angeles where he faced gang violence and drug dealers. He went on to release the seminal album Straight Outta Compton with N.W.A. before embarking on a successful solo career, and starred in movies such as Boyz N the Hood, Friday, Barbershop, and Are We There Yet?

Cube visits his old stomping grounds with commentary from his family and friends including Snoop Dogg, director John Singleton, and actress Nia Long.

“You either have it or you don’t and I happen to have it,” says the West Coast icon, who transformed the face of hip-hop. Watch the full episode below.

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Ice Cube Reps the West on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ [Video]

Ice Cube performed something old and something new on Tuesday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” The West Coast rap pioneer, dressed in his all-black uniform, returned to late night to perform on the outdoor stage in Hollywood. He banged out “I Rep That West” off his last year’s I Am the West and took it back with his 1993 classic “It Was a Good Day,” encouraging the audience to throw their peace signs up.

Cube also unveiled a series of original artwork, including iconic photographs and album covers, in collaboration with RareInk. The first batch of limited edition pieces, autographed by the rapper himself, will go on sale on June 22 at 10 a.m. PST. Proceeds benefit the Minority AIDS Project.

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Video: Ice Cube Is Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs

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Ice Cube has starred in the Friday series and Boyz n the Hood, but the rapper-turned-actor took on his most challenging role yet—pitchman for Cocoa Puffs. A tough-talking Cube delivered the cereal’s catchphrase last night on Conan O’Brien’s talk show.

“I’m cuckoo for Cocoa Pebbles, bitch!” said the former N.W.A. member, who stars and executive produces the TBS series “Are We There Yet?” He also shared his embarrassing high school yearbook photo (“‘Miami Vice’ messed up the world”) and his sons’ rap names, Doughboy and Oh My Goodness (OMG).

Watch his hilarious appearance on “Conan” below.

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