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Why Does the Last Performance at the Grammys Always Kinda Suck?

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was, let's face it, a bit of a snoozer, but there were some instantly iconic highlights like Kendrick Lamar's…
James Grebey / February 16, 2016

The Ten Things About the 2016 Grammys That Are Gonna Piss Everyone Off

If righteous indignation isn't the reflexive reaction for most folks when watching the Grammys, it's probably at least their preferred mode of viewership. Because really,…
Andrew Unterberger / February 12, 2016

LL Cool J Will Host the 2016 Grammys

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced today that LL Cool J will host the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, making this his fifth…
Rachel Brodsky / December 16, 2015

Big Sean Played Pictionary With Jimmy Fallon and LL Cool J

Big Sean and LL Cool J are artists — just not necessarily visual artists. That didn't stop the two musicians from trying their hand at…
James Grebey / April 21, 2015

Rappers Love Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: A Playlist

It's no secret that Lil Wayne is a fan of cartoons and video games — consider the rapper's Capcom-sponsored, Street Fighter-styled tour with Drake, set…
Brennan Carley / August 8, 2014

Here’s Hugh Jackman Rapping With T.I. and LL Cool J

By now, we know Hugh Jackman lives for musical theater like Wolverine needs adamantium, making him a good choice for the host of the 2014 Tony…
Olivia Forman / June 9, 2014

Watch LL Cool J Make Fun of Kanye West on ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’

Back in 1989, a 21-year-old LL Cool J became the first hip-hop act to appear on late-night television when he showed up on the original…
Dan Reilly / February 25, 2014

Here’s Every Song in Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon’s ‘History of Rap, Part 5′

Well, that was expected. Capping off a fantastic first week in The Tonight's Show's new era, host Jimmy Fallon trotted out brother-in-virality Justin Timberlake for…
Nicole Sia / February 22, 2014

SPIN’s 2013 Hall of Shame

They wouldn't shut the hell up on Tumblr. They put out an album with absolutely reprehensible cover art. They twerked and twerked and twerked and…
SPIN Staff / December 17, 2013

The 10 Most David Foster Wallace-ian Quotes in ‘Signifying Rappers’

This week, Mark Costello and David Foster Wallace's Signifying Rappers: Rap and Race in the Urban Present is back in print from Back Bay Books.
Brandon Soderberg / July 26, 2013

LL Cool J Knows Who Action Bronson Is on ‘Strictly 4 My Jeeps’ Remix

Action Bronson has positioned his new single "Strictly 4 My Jeeps" as a sort of Queens anthem, which was echoed in a video that features the…
Jordan Sargent / June 6, 2013

LL Cool J’s Final Word on ‘Accidental Racist,’ Victory Lap Tour, and His Legacy

There's no blueprint for celebrating your 29th year in the rap game, so every year that LL Cool J is still making music, he's technically…

Brad Paisley’s ‘Accidental Racist’-Spawning, ‘SNL’-Mocked Album Will Chart

Brad Paisley and LL Cool J's "Accidental Racist" might not have sparked quite the conversation its creators intended, but the widely mocked country-rap song continues…
Marc Hogan / April 15, 2013

LL Cool J’s Other Brad Paisley Collaboration, ‘Live for You,’ Is a Syrupy Love Ode

Do ladies still love cool James? It's possible, and the Clear Channel gods could certainly decide that men and women alike should be compelled to…
Marc Hogan / April 11, 2013

Dissecting Brad Paisley and LL Cool J’s Politely Toxic Dud ‘Accidental Racist’

Country-rap conversation-starter "Accidental Racist," from Brad Paisley's new album Wheelhouse (out tomorrow), is a plastic-sounding Nashville facsimile fitted with rudimentary nods to hip-hop production —…
Brandon Soderberg / April 8, 2013

Stream LL Cool J’s Grammy-Exploding, Rubin-Era Banger ‘Whaddup’

LL Cool J may have made a fool of himself shoehorning the word "hashtag" into every other word during his second Grammys hosting stint but…
Chris Martins / February 12, 2013

Hip-Hop at the Grammys: The Perils of Doin’ It for the Culture

As is always the case with rap music and the Grammys, nearly all of the rap-related awards were given out during the pre-show ceremony. Jay-Z…
Brandon Soderberg / February 11, 2013

The 2012 Grammys’ Highs and Lows: Didn’t We Almost Have It All

Adele's big voice triumphed on a night that paid too little tribute to one of the biggest voices in music history, while Nicki Minaj tried…
Ken Bachor / February 13, 2012

LL Cool J Will Be Loungin’ as Grammys Host

Jon Stewart. Queen Latifah. Nobody for seven years. ... LL Cool J? Sounds about right. The rapper-actor born James Todd Smith will host the 54th…
Marc Hogan / January 18, 2012

Neil Diamond, Tom Waits Score Rock Hall Inductions

Tom Waits, Alice Cooper, and Neil Diamond are among the eight musicians and industry veterans who will be inducted into the 26th Annual Rock and…
Kevin O'Donnell / December 15, 2010
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