Oliver Burkeman of The Guardian says LL Cool J’s collaboration with Scholastic, ‘And The Winner Is’, is hoped to help kids learn like a modern-day Dr Seuss. “In hip-hop, conversation becomes a kind of music and the beat pulls you towards trying new things,” said Jurgen Streeck, who teaches the language of rap at the University of Texas. “You discover new meanings, and that happens a lot in children’s poetry, too. When you listen to four-year-olds talking to themselves, they can be observed making these discoveries, and some people argue that children’s spontaneous rhyming is a very helpful precursor to them acquiring literacy.” Read more.
LL Cool J spoke with The Saturday Early Show on his new children’s book ‘And the Winner Is …’ – a “rap and read” book – to give children 4 to 10 years old some lessons about humility and sportsmanship. “I just think there’s room for something that’s positive in hip hop and someone had to have the courage and say, ‘I care about the kids,'” LL explained of his motivation behind the book. Read more.
LL Cool J and Coolio attended the launch of Windows Media 9 Series on Wednesday (September 4) in Hollywood, California. Windows Media 9 Series is the next wave of digital media.
Rap acts on talk television this week include Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs and Fabolous on Live with Regis and Kelly on Tuesday. Later on Tuesday, Eve is performing on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Look for LL Cool J on The View on Friday. Check your local listings.
LL Cool J spoke with Reuters Gary Graff and said that fans shouldn’t look for the usual array of guests so common to hip-hop albums today in his upcoming album ‘X’. “It’s not a commercial stunt album, so to speak,” he said. “This is just LL Cool J being LL Cool J. I’m not interested in being trendy. I don’t make moves for commercial value. I make the moves that I like; if they’re commercial, so be it.”
Eric R. Danton of the Hartford Courant reviewed LL Cool J’s gig at Fox Theatre at Foxwoods Resort Casino on Tuesday night. “The lithe L.L. is a skillful showman,” Danton said. “He roamed the stage, mugging for the front rows but also directing his rhymes to the back of the theater. And every time he daubed at his face or chiseled pecs, he casually flipped the towel into the crowd, where clusters of women scrambled to catch it.”
Launch.com reports comments from Lt. Dave Freeland of the Irvine Police Department reported in a statement regarding the LL Cool J concert fighting incident saying, “Security personnel reported that gang members dressed in purple attire and red clothing had stormed the stage and taken over the event. Persons in attendance reported that these individuals had obtained metal bars back stage, and had begun clubbing people. Security personnel communicated that they had lost control and requested police assistance.”
LL Cool J’s concert was canceled Sunday night after members of rival gangs took over the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre stage and began clubbing people with metal bars, police said Monday. LL called the fight “appalling” adding, “I think that it’s just a prime example of how much, how we as black men really need … someone around us who can guide us in the right direction and how we are so in desperate need of attention that we would ruin an event just to feel important.”
WireImage.com has photos of The Beat 100.3 Summer Jam 2002 show at Verizon Amphitheater in Irvine, California on Sunday (August 11). Those performing at the gig included Ja Rule, LL Cool J, Nelly, and Snoop Dogg. Check out the photos here.
Launch.com reports LL Cool J played an hour-and-20-minute set on Thursday (July 25) at the House Of Blues in Hollywood during a stop on his national tour, where he performed only one new song off his upcoming album ‘X’, sticking mostly with his hits from the past.