Kendrick Lamar To Headline Austin City Limits 2016 Festival
Austin City Limits music festival has announced it's 2016 lineup. Kendrick Lamar has been bestowed one of the coveted headline slots, along with Radiohead, Mumford & Sons. and LCD Soundsystem. Other hip hop/R&B acts of note: Schoolboy Q, LL Cool J, Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals, Tory Lanez, Flying Lotus, Gallant, Raury, and Domo Genesis. Also of potential interest to hip hop fans: Major Lazer, Die Antwoord, Corrine Bailey Rae, AlunaGeorge, and Willie Nelson!!!!
Diddy & LL Cool J Uncover Their Ancestry On "Finding Your Roots"
Diddy and LL Cool J appear on the new episode of "Finding Your Roots," a PBS documentary by the scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., to learn more about their ancestry. Diddy's fourth great-grandparents, who lived in Maryland, were free, unlike the majority of blacks in the early 19th century. “It makes me feel kind of conflicted that my family was free and there was so many other families that weren’t…I can’t imagine what it must have felt like for him being locked up and to be innocent,” he said.
LL Cool J Is Hosting The Grammys, Again
Ladies The Grammys love Cool J. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has announced today that the host of this year's Grammy Awards show will be LL Cool J, making it his fifth time as the Grammy's host.
Marvel Remixes Album Covers From Will Smith, Big Sean, & LL Cool J
Marvel has been rolling out these hip hop album cover/comic book mashups for the past few months, and they have been the pinnacle of dopeness. Their last batch is worth checking out, with remixed covers of DS2, Nothing was the Same, Lord Willin', and possibly their best yet single cover yet in Redman's Dare Iz A Darkside.
Funniest #DuragHistoryWeek Memes
Today, September 28, officially marks the 2nd annual celebration of Durag History Week, perhaps the most important holiday ever created by Twitter. Today, unless you're LL Cool J, the durag is a relic of a bygone era, and in many ways, a better, less serious time. Most every member of hip-hop's hall of fame has been guilty, at one time or another, from donning one, whether to create a sea of gentle waves upon one's head or simply for increased aerodynamics. Below, we have featured some of the most iconic moments in Durag History, both good and bad, dating back to Biblical times.
T.I., J. Cole & Raekwon To Be Featured On LL Cool J's "G.O.A.T. 2" [Update: Eminem To Be Featured]
LL Cool J's final Def Jam album, entitled G.O.A.T. 2, has been in the works for quite some time, and today we got some more details about the upcoming project. In a new interview with XXL, Cool J reveals that T.I., J. Cole, Raekwon, Loaded Lux, Murda Mook, Uncle Murda, Maino, Mavado and Fred The Godson will all appear on the project. Speaking to XXL, the NYC veteran said:
LL Cool J & Canibus Squash Their Longstanding Beef
LL Cool J and Canibus have been sworn enemies since 1997, when they took shots at one another on LL's crew track, "4,3,2,1". Further diss tracks followed, and while things have certainly calmed down between the two in recent years, it seemed the rapper's relationship would never officially be mended. However, an announcement at a recent LL concert proved otherwise, as the GOAT rapper brought 'Bis out to perform his verse from the very song where the beef ignited at Hot 97's XMAS Show last night.
T.I. & LL Cool J Perform "Music Man" With Hugh Jackman
The Tony Awards isn't where hip-hop heads typically get their Sunday rap fix but, tonight, Tip & LL Cool J brought a classic Broadway show tune to the 21st century. Performing a rendition of "The Music Man," which Jackman claims may have been the first hip-hop song ever written, the two rappers brought laughs to the crowd and viewing audience at home. Jackman himself spits alongside the two legends as well.
LL Cool J On Kobe Trash Talking Him & Anthony Mason Protecting Him
Active in the industry for nearly 30 years, LL Cool James, has been around the entertainment industry long enough that he has some interesting tales. In a recent sit down with SLAM, the New York native talks about his ties to the NBA community. Apparently, he was close with Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley and Anthony Mason - members of the tough-as-nails Knicks teams of the early 90s.
N.W.A. & LL Cool J Nominated For 2014 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame
N.W.A. find themselves in a familiar spot as they were in last year, with the nominations announced for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Last year N.W.A was up for nomination, but in the end didn't make the cut, and this year they've returned as a nominee once more. Along with N.W.A, LL Cool J has been nominated. Other notable rock bands among this year's 16 nominations include Nirvana, The Zombies, Deep Purple and Peter Gabriel.
Charts Don't Lie: May 12
Last week we questioned the grip of Will.i.am's influence on the mainstream, with his solo effort, #willpower, moving less than 30k opening week. We could also blame this on the ever-waning sales of albums in general. This week, we get LL Cool J's Authentic album as a new entry in Charts Don't Lie. The old school rapper only moved around 13k, and so we gotta ask, what factors played into his serious lack of sales?
LL Cool J To Narrate Floyd Mayweather Documentary
LL Cool J's took to the ring in his iconic "Mama Said Knock You Out" video, and now he'll be lending his lady-charming voice to the narration of one of the upcoming documentary on boxing champion Floyd Mayweather. The doc, simply titled "Mayweather", will give a look into the life story of the fighter. Producer Ross Greenburg describes the project as "an honest portrayal of the controversial and charismatic best pound-for-pound boxer in the world.”
LL Cool J Explains Lyrics In "Accidental Racist," Admits Song Is Imperfect
LL Cool J and country star Brad Paisley have already defended their highly criticized track "Accidental Racist" once, calling the song necessary. When LL Cool J visited the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday night, he spoke on the track once more, admitting that it is imperfect, and attempting to explain and defend some of the more outrageous lyrics.
LL Cool J & Brad Paisley Defend Their Track "Accidental Racist"
LL Cool J and country artist Brad Paisley raised some eyebrows this week with their collaborative track "Accidental Racist". Many were critical of the track, not so much for the overall message, but moreso the questionable execution.
Tracklist Revealed For LL Cool J's "Authentic" [Update: Album Snippets Available]
After a change-up in the title and the album art, LL Cool J is finally ready to reveal the tracklist for Authentic.
LL Cool J Announces "Kings Of The Mic" Tour With Ice Cube, Public Enemy & De La Soul
LL Cool J is currently preparing his 13th studio album, Authentic, for release on April 30th. In an effort to promote his new project, he announced a monumental tour today, which will put some hip-hops living legends on display.
New Art, Title & Release Date Revealed For LL Cool J's Album [Update: LL Cool J Pushes Up The Release Date]
LL Cool J is still readying his return to the rap game, and certain things need tweaking it appears. His come-back album was originally going to be titled Authentic Hip-Hop, but has now been shortened to just Authentic.
LL Cool J, Meek Mill & Wale Discuss Haters
With the Grammys going down this weekend, many hip-hop artists are prepping for the show and gathering together which makes for great interview opportunities.