LL Cool J

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.

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Mar
19
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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Mar
18
New Music: LL Cool J f/ Snoop Dogg & Fatman Scoop – ‘We Came to Party’

Authentic

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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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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