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The 25 Best Soundtrack Albums of the 1990s

In the 1980s, music and film collided for cross-promotional blockbusters both transcendent (Purple Rain) and transcendently cheesy (Footloose). In the ‘90s, soundtracks continued to sell…
Al Shipley / August 27, 2020

LL Cool J Expresses Outrage in Freestyle on Racism and George Floyd: ‘Instead of Letting Blood Live They Begging for Blood Let’

LL Cool J posted a freestyle on his Instagram account on Sunday where he shared his outrage on the centuries of racism in the United…
Daniel Kohn / June 1, 2020

MTV Unplugged Turns 30: Here Are the 30 Best Performances

Long ago, in the days before there were multiple MTVs glutted with reality shows about sexually active teens, network producers came up with a concept…
Chris Harris / November 26, 2019

8 MTV Unplugged Performances That Should Get Vinyl Reissues

Pearl Jam is the latest band to have their MTV Unplugged performance reissued on vinyl. The band's 1992 unplugged set will be released on limited…
Maggie Serota / October 9, 2019

10 Tours That Changed the World

Can a rock concert change the world? Yes. For the better? Not necessarily.
SPIN Staff / May 22, 2019

LL Cool J Wins Lawsuit Over “Rock The Bells” Trademark

Concert promoter Guerrilla Union Inc. must stop using the title of LL Cool J’s 1985 song "Rock the Bells" without the rapper’s permission, a California…
Chris Eggertsen, Billboard / April 25, 2019

Watch Busta Rhymes, Black Thought, and More Perform LL Cool J Hits at the Kennedy Center Honors

The Kennedy Center honored a rapper, LL Cool J, for the first time in 40 years earlier this month at its annual ceremony in Washington D.C. To commemorate the…
Tosten Burks / December 27, 2017

LL Cool J, Lionel Richie, and Gloria Estefan Awarded Kennedy Center Honors at Trump-Free Ceremony

LL Cool J is now the first hip-hop artist to ever receive a Kennedy Center Honor. The award was bestowed upon the legendary Queens rapper…
Winston Cook-Wilson / December 4, 2017

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
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