LL Cool J

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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Oct
5
New Music: LL Cool J – ‘Ratchet’

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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Feb
8
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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Feb
2
Taylor Swift Beatboxes with LL Cool J in Grammy Promo [Video]

Taylor Swift and LL Cool J

Taylor Swift and LL Cool J let loose in a promo for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. The hip-hop pioneer, who will host this year’s show, kicks things off before the country sweetheart joins in with her own sound effects. It’s not long before their beatboxing session erupts into laughter. Expect more unexpected pairings like this when the Grammys air live on February 12.

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Jan
31
Nicki Minaj Shares Love for LL Cool J in Grammy Promo [Video]

Nicki Minaj and LL Cool J

Hip-hop all-stars Nicki Minaj and LL Cool J team up to promote the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. “You know this is really exciting for me because like I’ve been listening to you since I was a baby,” a blonde Nicki tells the hip-hop icon, who will host this year’s show. “I love you less now,” he quips back.

Nicki, who is nominated for four Grammys, will hit the stage on music’s biggest night, airing live on February 12.

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