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Watch A Tribe Called Quest Perform With LL Cool J At The Meadows Festival

LL Cool J played a set at The Meadows festival in Queens, New York City yesterday. The Queens-born rapper brought out fellow Queens rappers Q-Tip…
Grace Birnstengel, Stereogum / September 17, 2017

LL Cool J Will Be the First Rapper to Receive Kennedy Center Honors

LL Cool J, who gave us classics like "Headsprung" and "Loungin (Who Do Ya Luv)," will be the first rapper ever to be honored at the Kennedy…
Brian Josephs / August 3, 2017

Revisit Our September 1987 LL Cool J Bigger and Deffer Feature: Def Not Dumb

The room is filled with young, black rappers. I sniff around for the old familiar rock ‘n’ roll smells—beer, sweat, and weed—but all I get…
Annette Stark / July 24, 2017

James Corden Will Replace LL Cool J as Next Year’s Grammys Host

The next Grammy ceremony will be Kangol-deficient. Variety reports that James Corden will replace LL Cool J as the show's host, ending the hatted one's five-year run…
Brian Josephs / November 22, 2016

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
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