LL Cool J

Feb
11
New Music: LL Cool J f/ Chuck D, Travis Barker, Tom Morello & DJ Z-Trip – ‘Whaddup’

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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Jan
28
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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Jan
24
LL Cool J Talks Career, Marriage, & Abusive Childhood with Oprah [Sneak Peek]

LL Cool J and Oprah

Oprah has scored some big interviews for “Oprah’s Next Chapter” including Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina, and most recently, Lance Armstrong.

Now she sits down with hip-hop icon/actor LL Cool J at his house in L.A. for a candid interview about his career, marriage, abusive childhood, and the night he woke up to find a stranger in his home. His wife, Simone, and their four children also join the conversation.

The full interview airs Sunday, January 27, at 9 p.m. on OWN.

In related news, LL has delayed his album Authentic Hip Hop from February 12 to an unspecified date. “The release date for #AuthenticHipHop has been changed. I want to put more work in. It’s coming,” he tweeted.

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Dec
17
Video: LL Cool J f/ Joe – ‘Take It’

LL Cool J

The ladies still love Cool James. LL Cool J caters to one special lady in the video for “Take It” featuring Joe. Upon meeting him at a video shoot, a stylist can’t stop fantasizing about the 44-year-old rapper. She imagines him making love to her and has flashbacks from his iconic videos including “Mama Said Knock You Out” and “Doin’ It.” Will her dreams come true?

Due February 12, LL’s 14th studio album Authentic Hip-Hop features 15 tracks including “Take It” and a collaboration with Monica.

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Nov
19
LL Cool J Unveils ‘Authentic Hip-Hop’ Cover, Tracklisting

Authentic Hip-Hop

LL Cool J pledges his allegiance to hip-hop on the cover of his 14th studio album Authentic Hip-Hop, due February 12, 2013. In the photo, the brawny rapper/actor sits in front of a black-and-white flag with his name on it. He has dedicated the project to his loyal fans, who have grown with him throughout the years.

“I’m not trying to compete with 17-year-olds on the radio, but I am talking directly to the folks who came up with me,” LL tells ESSENCE. “We may not be teenagers anymore, but we do still like to have fun.”

The album, his first since 2008’s Exit 13, has already spawned the singles “Ratchet” and “Take It” featuring Joe.

UPDATE: Check out the official tracklisting, which includes an appearance from Monica.

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Nov
9
LL Cool J Announces ‘Authentic Hip-Hop’ Release Date

LL Cool J

Don’t call it a comeback. LL Cool J is planning to return to music next year with his first album in nearly five years.

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Nov
3
New Music: LL Cool J f/ Joe – ‘Take It’

Take It

After calling out the “Ratchet” women, LL Cool J caters to the sophisticated ladies with his bedroom banger “Take It,” produced by The Trackmasters. The hip-hop icon keeps the champagne popping and the bed rocking, while R&B crooner Joe seduces with a slinky hook.

Since parting ways with Def Jam in 2007, LL has been back in the studio working on his next album, Authentic Hip-Hop, slated for a 2013 release.

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