LL Cool J

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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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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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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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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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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New Music: LL Cool J – ‘Ratchet’


Ladies may love Cool J, but he’s not a fan of the ladies; that is, if they’re ratchet. LL Cool J tackles the hip-hop slang-of-the-moment on the just-released “Ratchet.”

On the song, which he’s offering as a free download, Mr. Smith raps about a trifling girl who uses him for his material wealth. “But I ain’t Ray J, you ain’t Kim K./ Cancel the cameras, we can f**k all day,” he says.

LL hasn’t released a studio album since 2008‘s Exit 13 and has been focusing more on his TV roles like “NCIS: Los Angeles” and hosting the 2012 Grammy Awards. However, on his website, he does he tease “Authentic Hip-Hop Coming Soon!”

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Nicki Minaj Gets It Poppin’ with LL Cool J in Grammy Promo [Video]

Nicki Minaj and LL Cool J

Nicki Minaj wilds out in a second hilarious promo for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards on CBS. The blonde diva raps and shakes her booty as Grammy host LL Cool J beatboxes, but when he can’t keep up, she tells him to “pause.”

Nicki will debut “Roman Holiday,” a new song off her sophomore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, at Sunday’s show, where she is nominated four times.

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