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

LL Cool J

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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New Music: LL Cool J f/ Snoop Dogg & Fatman Scoop – ‘We Came to Party’


LL Cool J rounds up fellow icon Snoop Dogg for one big hip-hop party. LL tears up the club on “We Came to Party,” dubbing himself “Maserati Cool J,” while Tha Doggfather takes a brief break from being Snoop Lion to drop a dope verse. Fatman Scoop sets it all off with a hype hook.

Due April 30, LL’s new album Authentic is also expected to feature appearances from Eddie Van Halen, Brad Paisley, and Monica.

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New Music: LL Cool J f/ Chuck D, Travis Barker, Tom Morello & DJ Z-Trip – ‘Whaddup’


LL Cool J blends hip-hop, rock, and turntablism on “Whaddup,” the new single off his upcoming album Authentic (formerly Authentic Hip Hop). The hip-hop pioneer joins forces with Chuck D, Travis Barker, Tom Morello, and DJ Z-Trip on the high-energy record, which he debuted at last night’s Grammys.

The Grammy host closed out the show by performing the song and paying tribute to the late Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys with “No Sleep Till Brooklyn.”

The album, his first since 2008’s Exit 13, has already spawned the singles “Ratchet” and “Take It” featuring Joe. It is set to arrive on May 7.

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LL Cool J Talks Iconic Career, Abusive Childhood, & Home Invasion with Oprah

LL Cool J and Oprah

After making headlines for her interview with 50 Cent last year, Oprah sat down with hip-hop icon LL Cool J for “Oprah’s Next Chapter” on OWN. The 45-year-old rapper-turned-actor, born James Todd Smith, invited Oprah to his house in L.A. to speak about his legendary career, abusive childhood, and transition from sex symbol to happily-married father of four.

When he was only four years old, LL’s father shot his mother and grandfather for leaving him and taking LL with her (She later forgave him). He was also physically abused at the hands of his mother’s friend, who made him strip naked while he hit him.

During their candid conversation, the “NCIS: Los Angeles” star also opened up about the night an intruder entered his house. LL went into defense mode to protect his family and ended up breaking the man’s nose, jaw, and ribs. “There’s no telling what could have happened,” he said. “He had bad intentions.”

LL was also joined by his wife, Simone, who shared what it’s like to be married to the sex symbol, and their four children.

Next up, LL will host the Grammy Awards on February 10. His first album in five years, Authentic Hip Hop, is due later this year.

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