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Nov
19
Ariana Grande, Big Sean, Pharrell, & Mary J. Blige Celebrate ‘A Very Grammy Christmas’

Big Sean and Ariana Grande

Christmas came early during the taping of “A Very Grammy Christmas” at the Shrine Auditorium in L.A. on Tuesday. Hosted by LL Cool J, the one-hour special featured today’s biggest stars performing holiday songs and their current hits as well as sharing their favorite holiday memories.

Pharrell Williams, decked out in a Christmas sweater, covered the classic “Please Come Home for Christmas” and performed his G I R L cut “Lost Queen” with his Baes.

Ariana Grande and Big Sean showed some PDA while performing their duet “Best Mistake.” The cute couple, coordinated in a red dress and black tuxedo, walked off stage hand-in-hand after their romantic set. Ariana also cozied up in front of the fireplace for a festive performance of her new holiday single “Santa Tell Me,” which debuts November 24.

The Queen of R&B, Mary J. Blige, spread some cheer of her own with selections from her upcoming album The London Sessions.

In addition to the performances, the nominations for Album of the Year for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be announced during “A Very Grammy Christmas,” which airs December 5 at 9 p.m. on CBS.

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Nov
5
New Music: LL Cool J f/ Troy Ave – ‘You Already’

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As he gears up for his album G.O.A.T. 2, LL Cool J keeps turning out songs for the streets. The hip-hop icon links with fellow New Yorker Troy Ave for “You Already.” LL declares himself the “new king of New York,” while Troy revives LL’s 1996 classic “Doin’ It” on the hook.

LL has been working with Mavado, Murda Mook, Raekwon, and Jerry Wonda on the sequel to his 2000 album. “This album is mainly for the ni**as, it’s gritty,” he said. “This one is not for the ladies.”

Earlier in the week, he dropped another song called “Break Your Face.” Listen to both tracks below.

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Sep
8
Video: LL Cool J f/ Mavado – ‘The Hustler’

The Hustler

Don’t call it a comeback. LL Cool J returns to the streets in the gritty video for his Jerry Wonda-produced single “The Hustler.” The hip-hop pioneer teams with the Gully Gad Mavado in the Benny Boom-directed clip, which was filmed in his old neighborhood of Queens.

LL is readying his new album G.O.A.T. 2 with appearances from Raekwon and Murda Mook.

“This album is hard. 85% of is just knockin’ beats. And current. We’re not trying to put our ’95 high school rings on,” he told Fuse.

Watch his triumphant homecoming below.

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Sep
2
New Music: LL Cool J – ‘2 On (Remix)’

2 On (Remix)

LL Cool J turns up with a remix to Tinashe’s hit “2 On.” The hip-hop icon gives the ladies butterflies while flowing over a sample of Dr. Dre’s West Coast classic “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang.”

LL is readying his new album G.O.A.T. 2 with appearances from Mavado, Murda Mook, and Raekwon.

“This album is hard. 85% of is just knockin’ beats. And current. We’re not trying to put our ’95 high school rings on,” he told Fuse.

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Aug
12
New Music: LL Cool J f/ Raekwon & Murda Mook – ‘I’m Nice’

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The streets keep calling LL Cool J. The hip-hop pioneer cooks up a gritty collaboration with Raekwon the Chef and Murda Mook on “I’m Nice,” a teaser off his upcoming album G.O.A.T. 2.

On the Ron Browz-produced track, LL reminds listeners why he’s the G.O.A.T. “Rambo to your jugular / Fuckin’ baloney smugglers / Nobody’s fuckin’ wit’ me, tell ‘em all come and get me,” he spits.

LL is readying the sequel to his 2000 album and previously dropped his Mavado-assisted street anthem “The Hustler.”

Don’t call it a comeback.

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Jul
24
New Music: LL Cool J f/ Mavado – ‘The Hustler’

The Hustler

LL Cool J can’t leave rap alone. Fourteen years after releasing his chart-topping album G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time), the hip-hop veteran has announced the sequel, G.O.A.T. 2.

Instead of charming the ladies, LL takes it to the streets with the Gully Gad himself Mavado on his dark and gritty single “The Hustler,” produced by Jerry Wonda.

“These streets ain’t loyal / These snakes uncoil right there for you / Family separated like water and oil,” he raps over the ominous beat.

Listen to their tales of faded glory.

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Jun
9
T.I. Raps with LL Cool J, Hugh Jackman at Tony Awards

LL Cool J, T.I., and Hugh Jackman

From the trap to the Tonys, T.I. joined LL Cool J and host Hugh Jackman for a performance at the 68th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday. The trio kicked off the show at Radio City Music Hall with a hip-hop remake of “Rock Island” from the Broadway show “The Music Man.”

“First Hip Hop performance on #thetonyawards w/@troubleman31 @thehughjackman,” tweeted LL Cool J.

In addition to the King, Fantasia joined Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, and the cast of “After Midnight” for a performance of “On the Sunny Side of the Street” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing.”

Fresh from the L.A. PRIDE Festival, her fellow “American Idol” alum Jennifer Hudson belted out “Neverland” from the upcoming Broadway musical “Finding Neverland.”

Watch all the musical moments below.

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