LL Cool J announced his first tour in four years to support his upcoming album ‘Ten’, which features the production of the Neptunes. The tour starts out June 20th in Miami before wrapping up August 20th in Mashantucket, Connecticut. For a complete list of tour stops, read on.
Rappers LL Cool J, Lil’ Bow Wow, and producer Russell Simmons were amongst those photographed by Getty Images at the WBC/IBF Heavyweight Championship bout between Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson on Saturday, June 8, at The Pyramid in Memphis, Tennessee.
Fat Joe tells Launch.com he is a big fan of LL Cool J, saying, “I mean, LL Cool J is, you know, my idol in hip-hop and, you know, every time I rap, after I do songs, I be, like, ‘I hope LL likes this.’ Funny story is one time, I met this girl–she told me she worked at a record store and my album had just come out, and she was, like, ‘Yo, you would never believe who came to my store and bought your album.’ I was, like, ‘Who?’ She was, like, ‘LL Cool J came and bought your album.’ I was, like, ‘Oh, wow.'” That album was his latest release, ‘Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E.)’, which hit platinum after selling a million copies.
Illseed of AllHipHip.com is profiling the homoerotic nature of hip-hop, citing several examples from rappers including Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, Redman, LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, and even the late, great Notorious B.I.G. Check out what he has to say on the subject here.
LL Cool J was Carson Daly’s guest on Monday where he talked about his new film ‘Rollerball’, his sex life, and Eminem. When asked what he thought of Slim, LL said, “Yeah, I like Eminem. I think he has, like, you know, a lot of wit, a lot of creativity, a lot of — you know, a lot of sarcasm that works well for him.” Read more.
WireImage.com has photos from the events leading up to and including Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans last night and amongst the celebrities photograph were rap stars Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Lil’ Romeo, Master P, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Ludacris, Mystikal, Nelly, and Bubba Sparxxx. Check out the photos here.
Word magazine spoke with music legend Quincy Jones on a variety of subjects including rap musicians viewing themselves as “the 3rd entity”. Jones said, “I remember L.L asked me when I first met Russell Simmons in 1985, I went up to his place and L.L, who was 15 then, said, ‘Mr. Jones, what do the musicians and singers think about us?’ And I got it. That’s the first time I realized that rappers do not identify with musicians or singers. It’s the third entity. What they don’t know is their real roots are praise shouters, praise singers from Africa and griots — oral historians. Rappers have a platform that’s amazing, but they ain’t talking about nothing. I mean there’s always an exception, with Roots and Mos-Def, KRS-One, you know who they are.” Check out the full interview with Quincy here.
Launch spoke with LL Cool J about a couple of back-to-back Christmas celebrations as a child where one year he got nothing but then his grandfather who felt guilty about it atoned, “The Christmas after that, my grandfather got me every toy you could imagine. My basement looked like a toy store.”