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Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Is First LP To Go 30 Times Platinum: Morning Mix

Bianca Gracie | December 17, 2015 - 8:00 am

Plus the 2016 Grammys host is revealed. Also see which artists will be performing on television today. More »

Tony Awards 2014: Watch Hugh Jackman, T.I. And LL Cool J’s “Rock Island” Rap From ‘The Music Man’

Robbie Daw | June 9, 2014 - 7:44 am

Flashy Broadway fare like Hedwig And The Angry Inch, A Raisin In The Sun and All The Way proved to be big winners at the 2014 Tony Awards on Sunday evening (June 8), but it was host Hugh Jackman’s pair-up with LL Cool J and T.I. for a rap version of “Rock Island,” the opening… More »

Lorde To Perform At Grammy Nominations Show With Katy Perry & Taylor Swift

Sam Lansky | December 4, 2013 - 9:48 am

Lorde has been added to the line-up to the Grammy Awards nominations special concert, which broadcasts live from Los Angeles at 10 p.m. ET on CBS this Friday. Oh, the Grammy Awards nominations concert, titled The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night? Yes, you remember it from last year — that thing… More »

Britney Spears Plans On Taking A Long Break After Next Album: Morning Mix

Bianca Gracie | October 17, 2013 - 5:00 am

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:: Britney Spears’ forthcoming eight album, Britney Jean, marks her 14th year in the business (and as the reigning Princess of Pop). But the singer wants to take a break after the album releases on December 3. She recently told BBC Radio 1, “I’ll take a break after this one for… More »

LL Cool J Slightly Shades Jay-Z’s ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ Samsung Giveaway: Watch

Carl Williott | July 17, 2013 - 2:38 pm

LL Cool J recently spoke to Diddy’s Revolt TV about the controversial release method of Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, which was given to one million Samsung users for free (as long as they provided some personal information, but that’s a whole other story). And the iconic MC isn’t exactly down with the giveaway dynamic.

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LL Cool J’s ‘Authentic’: Album Review

Christina Lee | April 30, 2013 - 5:30 am

LL Cool J rose to fame through a series of firsts. In his 1984 debut single “I Need a Beat,” the scrappy and still-teenaged MC laid his braggadocio down to a precise, hard-hitting backbeat — production that the LP’s label described as “Reduced by Rick Rubin.” LL’s debut Radio became one of… More »

‘SNL’ Talks “Accidental Racist” (With “LL Cool J” And “Brad Paisley”): Watch

Christina Lee | April 14, 2013 - 10:40 am

When Brad Paisley and LL Cool J talked about their new song “Accidental Racist,” they emphasized that it aimed to start a conversation, albeit one that began, “If you don’t judge my gold chains, I’ll forget the iron chains.” On Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update featuring the newfound collaborators, “LL Cool J” (Kenan Thompson) reconsidered… More »

LL Cool J Talks “Accidental Racist’ On ‘The Tonight Show’: Watch

Christina Lee | April 12, 2013 - 9:31 am

“Ultimately I can’t defend the song, but I can clarify my intentions,” LL Cool J said on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, of Brad Paisley’s controversial “Accidental Racist” and his contributing verse. The hip-hop pioneer went on to say that his lyrics (“If you don’t judge my gold chains / I’ll forget the iron… More »

Brad Paisley Explains Odd “Accidental Racist” Collab With LL Cool J On ‘Ellen’: Morning Mix

Kyle Robertson | April 10, 2013 - 5:00 am

:: Brad Paisley went on Ellen to explain his head-scratcher of a collaboration with LL Cool J, “Accidental Racist.” (Watch above.) Paisley said the track offers music the chance to “have the conversation,” instead of Hollywood or talk radio. (Although, isn’t LL part of Hollywood?) For his part, LL sounded pretty earnest when he told Grantland he wanted… More »

LL Cool J’s ‘Authentic’ Tracklist: A Nostalgia-Fest With Snoop Dogg, Monica, Seal & Eddie Van Halen

Carl Williott | March 22, 2013 - 12:04 pm

LL Cool J has unveiled the album artwork and tracklist for Authentic, out April 30. And in keeping with the nostalgic Kings of the Mic tour, apparently by “authentic” LL means “throwback.” The album is loaded with old school guest spots including: Snoop Dogg, Chuck D, Earth, Wind & Fire, Seal, Monica and freaking Eddie Van Halen. More »

LL Cool J Announces Kings Of The Mic Tour With Ice Cube: See The Dates

Carl Williott | March 19, 2013 - 10:19 am

LL Cool J is hitting the road this summer to promote his forthcoming album Authentic. A few weeks after the LP’s April 30 release, LL will headline the Kings of the Mic tour. And it looks like nostalgia tours are no longer solely the domain of rockers, as he’s bringing along Ice Cube (you probably know him… More »

LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg & Fatman Scoop Team Up On “We Came To Party”: Listen

Carl Williott | March 18, 2013 - 1:08 pm

So Snoop Dogg is still Snoop Dogg when he’s on other people’s tracks, but he’s Snoop Lion when he’s doing his new songs, is that how this current arrangement works? Since announcing his whole reggae rebirth, Snoop has still dropped plenty of rap verses, jumping on songs by everyone from 50 Cent to Hot Pockets. More »

Grammy Awards: The 10 Best & Worst Moments From The Show

Sam Lansky | February 11, 2013 - 7:14 am

And what a dull, tedious Grammys it was! “Music’s most tweeted night” — as it was described by LL Cool J, who was like a cab driver who tries to pull you into a very long, inappropriately intense conversation about how technology is changing us and maybe not for the better — was also music’s mostMore »

Grammy Awards: Review Revue

Robbie Daw | February 11, 2013 - 7:00 am

Adele added another award to her collection. Gotye added another minute to the 15 he already has by winning three statues. Fun.‘s Nate Ruess and Frank Ocean each sounded out of key. Katy Perry’s breasts appeared to have tripled in size. Justin Timberlake returned with a standout live performance that included a full orchestra and… More »

Grammy Host LL Cool J Breaks (Actual) Records on ‘Ellen’: Watch

Christina Lee | February 8, 2013 - 9:11 am

LL Cool J may have 13 albums to his name — 14 after Authentic Hip Hop drops this year — but he has never slung records as he did on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. In honor of his second year hosting the Grammys, the founding Def Jam rapper faced off against an audience member in an… More »

Grammy Awards 2013: A Viewer’s Guide

Carl Williott | February 8, 2013 - 5:30 am

You may still be recovering from the incredibly entertaining power grab that was Beyonce’s Super Bowl Halftime Show, but there’s no time to dilly-dally! Gird your loins for the next pop music extravaganza and all the GIFs, unflattering photographs and slaying of faves that it will entail. Yes, the Grammys are almost here, airing live… More »

LL Cool J’s “Take It” Video: The Wardrobe Lady Loves Cool James

Carl Williott | December 17, 2012 - 9:30 am

Considering LL Cool J’s sex jam “Take It” features the line “It feels like New Year’s, but two balls drop,” we were expecting to see more skin in the music video. Alas, buttressing the shots of LL in front of writhing lady-shadows and an expensive car, we must settle for a loose narrative involving the… More »

Taylor Swift & LL Cool J Beatbox “Mean” At The Grammy Nominations Concert: Watch All The Performances

Sam Lansky | December 6, 2012 - 5:46 am

Taylor Swift and LL Cool J were on hosting duties at last night’s The Grammy Nominations Live special, where the nominations for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards were announced between performances from Maroon 5 and some other people, but mostly Maroon 5. Yes, Adam Levine performed both “One More Night,” “Moves Like Jagger” and “Payphone,” while Hunter Hayes opted to sing the nominees for Best Pop Vocal… More »

Grammy Nominations: The List Of Who’s Up For What, Including Frank Ocean, Fun. & Taylor Swift

Robbie Daw | December 5, 2012 - 7:58 pm

Once again, Taylor Swift and LL Cool J came together for a little Grammy co-hosting pomp and cheesiness — this time for The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!, which was broadcast from Nashville. Swift herself, no stranger to racking of industry nods and statues, found herself up for Record Of The Year (for her Hot 100… More »

LL Cool J’s ‘Authentic Hip Hop’ Slated For February 12 Release

Carl Williott | November 9, 2012 - 3:33 pm

LL Cool J took to MySpace, of all places, to announce that his next album Authentic Hip Hop is scheduled for a February 12 release. The iconic MC in recent weeks has leaked two tracks from the LP: the derivative “Ratchet” and the return to his ’90s form, “Take It,” which overflows with sexual braggadocio. While we’re excited… More »

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