LL Cool J

Aug
1
J. Cole, Jennifer Hudson, & Ne-Yo Attend Do Something! Awards

Jennifer Hudson and J. Cole

VH1 celebrated do-gooders at the 2013 Do Something! Awards at The Avalon in Hollywood last night. Celebrities including Jennifer Hudson, LL Cool J, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kelly Osbourne, and Patrick Dempsey were honored for their social change leadership, while J. Cole and Sara Barailes provided the evening’s soundtrack.

J. Cole performed “Crooked Smile” with Jennifer Hudson, who filled in for TLC. “Performing with j cole was like performing with prince to me. He’s such a good guy. So honored!” tweeted J-Hud.

Ne-Yo honored an emotional Jennifer for the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, which she and her sister Julia created to honor Jennifer’s late nephew.

“It warms my heart to see so many blessed from our blessings in honor of my nephew,” said a teary-eyed Jennifer, who dedicated the award to her sister. “It’s one thing to be a celebrity, but it means nothing if you can’t help somebody.”

Queen Latifah and Russell Simmons paid tribute to LL Cool J, who started a basketball tournament and summer athletic camp for youth in his native Queens, New York.

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Jun
4
New Music: Action Bronson f/ LL Cool J & Lloyd Banks – ‘Strictly 4 My Jeeps (Remix)’

Saaab Stories

Action Bronson keeps the trunks rattling with the official remix to “Strictly 4 My Jeeps” featuring LL Cool J and Lloyd Banks. The Queens rapper will release his Harry Fraud-produced EP Saaab Stories on June 11, with appearances from Wiz Khalifa, Prodigy, and Raekwon.

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Apr
17
New Music: LL Cool J f/ Monica – ‘Closer’

LL Cool J and Monica

LL Cool J gets his two-step on with his grown and sexy jam “Closer.” The 45-year-old icon raps about not compromising after 30 years in the game, while Monica lays down the soulful hook.

“LL, grown ass man/ Couldn’t give a damn if a young boy’s my fan/ Long as his mama two-step to my jam while she’s cleaning up her house, mop in her hand,” raps LL, adding, “I don’t do features or chase teenage fans.”

Due April 30, LL’s album Authentic also features Brad Paisley, Eddie Van Halen, Snoop Dogg, Charlie Wilson, Travis Barker, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Bootsy Collins.

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Apr
12
LL Cool J Addresses ‘Accidental Racist’ Backlash on ‘Leno’

LL Cool J and Jay Leno

LL Cool J sparked a national debate this week with “Accidental Racist,” his controversial collaboration with country singer Brad Paisley. During his appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” he defended the song off Paisley’s album Wheelhouse.

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Apr
9
New Music: LL Cool J f/ Brad Paisley – ‘Live for You’

LL Cool J and Brad Paisley

LL Cool J and Brad Paisley couldn’t have anticipated that their collaboration “Accidental Racist” would have received so much backlash. But they won’t let that stop them from collaborating again. After guesting on his new album Wheelhouse, Paisley returns the favor, singing the hook on “Live for You” off LL’s album Authentic.

Instead of tackling race relations and prejudice, the fellas keep it simple, professing their love for a special lady. LL sticks to rapping, while his country co-star handles the hook and plays guitar.

“I basically brought Brad into my world,” LL tells USA Today. “It’s not gimmicky; it’s not some kind of song that isn’t true to who I am as an artist. It’s very current and fresh, in terms of who I am. But it’s not gimmicky.”

Due April 30, Authentic also features collaborations with Snoop Dogg, Eddie Van Halen, Travis Barker, and Monica.

How does this stack up to “Accidental Racist”? Listen and weigh in below.

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Apr
8
New Music: Brad Paisley f/ LL Cool J – ‘Accidental Racist’

LL Cool J and Brad Paisley

The worlds of hip-hop and country collide on “Accidental Racist.” LL Cool J and Brad Paisley bridge the gap on their powerful, yet strange collaboration off Paisley’s new album Wheelhouse. Despite the cultural divide, the rap icon and country superstar try to understand each other and let bygones be bygones.

“I guess we’re both guilty of judgin’ the cover, not the book,” raps LL on the country record. “If you don’t judge my du-rag, I won’t judge your red flag.”

Due April 30, LL’s album Authentic also features Paisley on “Live for You,” plus collaborations with Eddie Van Halen, Snoop Dogg, Charlie Wilson, Travis Barker, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Bootsy Collins. LL will launch his “Kings of the Mic” tour on May 23 with Ice Cube, Public Enemy, De La Soul, and DJ Z-Trip.

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Mar
22
Tracklisting: LL Cool J – ‘Authentic’

Authentic

Don’t call it a comeback. Nearly 30 years after releasing his debut, LL Cool J is still a force to reckoned with. The hip-hop icon has assembled a diverse lineup for his upcoming 14th album Authentic, due April 30.

The 12 tracks feature appearances from rap, rock, R&B, and country all-stars including Eddie Van Halen, Snoop Dogg, Charlie Wilson, Travis Barker, Brad Paisley, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Bootsy Collins.

“I think that it’s going to break a lot of boundaries and give people who may not necessarily be into hip-hop a way to come in and listen to something,” the 45-year-old entertainer told ET. “And it’ll give the people who are into hip-hop a chance to kind of expand their minds a little bit.”

He will also launch his “Kings of the Mic” tour with Ice Cube, Public Enemy, De La Soul, and DJ Z-Trip on May 23 in Tucson, Arizona.

See the tracklisting below.

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