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LL COOL J: New Album ‘Authentic’ Now Available For Streaming

LL COOL J: New Album ‘Authentic’ Now Available For Streaming

Living Legend LL Cool J

Living Legend LL Cool J

Two-time Grammy®-winning recording artist, LL COOL J’s upcoming new album AUTHENTIC is streaming now on Amazon. Fans can listen to the new Album in its entirety before it is released on April 30, 2013. With the release of his 14th studio Album AUTHENTIC, on 429 Records/The Savoy Label Group, the multi-platinum artist returned to the studio and kicked the volume up to create a powerful new album that came from his true passion for music and would speak to his fans.AUTHENTIC is currently available for pre-order at Amazon.comiTunes and Target.

AUTHENTIC features a diverse and wide array of legendary and new artists that underscore the Album’s roots of being born out of the true love for music, including, Brad Paisley, Bootsy Collins, Chuck D, Charlie Wilson, Eddie Van Halen, Earth, Wind & Fire, Monica, Snoop Dogg, Seal, Travis Barker and many more. Collectively these artists have achieved tremendous success in music, including many Grammy® Awards, multi-platinum albums, American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, Billboard Awards, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions and nominations, NAACP Awards, and Country Music Awards, among many other accolades. 

“With AUTHENTIC, I wanted to work on a project that showed my genuine love for all music,” LL says. “Collaborating with these myriad of artists was an amazing experience and this album got me back to my roots and is for the fans across all generations who love real music too.”

Celebrating his 30th year in music, AUTHENTIC features the iconic rapper in his element. The album is anchored by LL’s expressive attitude where his sensitive side is as present as his slicing lyrical switchblades.  AUTHENTIC comes to life with rock-hip-hop anthems, crazy club jams, tender tracks, personal tributes, and hard-hitting commentary addressing the current hip-hop climate.

Fans have gotten an early taste of the musically diverse and genre defying AUTHENTIC with the release of the Album tracks, including the up-tempo single “We Came To Party” feat. Snoop Dogg & Fatman Scoop, “Live For You” featuring Academy of Country Music Award winner Brad Paisley, an unexpected love song, which features a soulful guitar and bass-leaning mid-tempo Hip-Hop/R&B sound, and “We’re The Greatest,” featuring Eddie Van Halen and Travis Barker, a thunderous rock/rap anthem which includes symbolic lyrics, frenetic, over the top guitar licks played with reckless abandon and solid drum beats.

On the heels of the release of LL’s new album, LL will tour this summer all across the country in support of AUTHENTIC. As a part of performing this summer, LL featuring DJ Z-Trip, will headline “The Kings Of The Mic” Tour, joined by legendary Hip-Hop artists Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La Soul.   LL will kick-off touring May 23, 2003 in Tucson, AZ and wrap-up in Los Angeles, CA on July 7, 2013. For a full list of LL’s dates and cities, and to purchase tickets, visit here.

First introduced to the world in 1984 as a Def Jam Records flagship artist, LL is the first rap artist to amass ten consecutive platinum-plus selling albums.  The multi-platinum artist and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee is currently tied for third place for the most Billboard chart debuts by a rapper. For three decades, LL has continued to influence hip-hop with rap ballads that captivate generations of audiences. Since then, the veteran rapper has evolved his scope of work across entertainment appearing in numerous television and film roles, among many other projects.


AUTHENTIC was recorded in Los Angeles and is Executive Produced by LL COOL J and will be released as a joint venture by LL COOL J, Inc. and 429 Records. For more information, details and updates, visit ­­­­www.LLCOOLJ.com, Facebook.com/LLCOOLJ, Twitter.com/LLCOOLJ and Twitter.com/TeamLLGoat.



  1. “Bath Salt”
  2. “Not Leaving You Tonight” Feat. Fitz & The Tantrums with Eddie Van Halen
  3. “New Love” Feat. Charlie Wilson
  4. “We Came To Party” Feat. Snoop Dogg & Fatman Scoop
  5. “Give Me Love” Feat. Seal
  6. “Something About You” Feat. Charlie Wilson, Earth Wind & Fire and Melody Thornton
  7. “Bartender Please” Feat. Snoop Dogg, Bootsy Collins & Travis Barker
  8. “Whaddup” Feat. Chuck D, Travis Barker, Tom Morello and Z-Trip
  9. “Between The Sheetz” Feat. Mickey Shiloh
  10. “Closer” Feat. Monica
  11. “Live For You” Feat. Brad Paisley
  12. “We’re The Greatest” Feat. Eddie Van Halen & Travis Barker



5/23 – Tucson, AZ – Ava Amphitheater

5/24 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – The Joint

5/25 – San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre

5/26 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl

5/30 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center

5/31 – Council Bluffs, IA – Harrah’s Hotel & Casino – Stir Cove

6/1 – Saint Louis, MO – Scottrade Center

6/4 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre

6/6 – St Petersburg, FL – Mahaffey Theater

6/7 – St Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre

6/8 – Orlando, FL – 94.5 Block party

6/12 – Baltimore, MD – Lyric Opera House

6/14 – Simpsonville, SC – Charter Amphitheater at Heritage Park

6/15 – Portsmouth, VA – nTELOS Wireless Pavilion

6/16 – Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center

6/18 – Newark, NJ – New Jersey Performing Arts Center

6/19 – Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion

6/20 – New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom

6/22 – Canandaigua, NY – Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center

6/23 – Mount Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort – Outdoor

6/25 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

6/26 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre

6/27 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center

6/28 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest

7/1 – Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie

7/2 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Outdoor Amphitheater

7/3 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center

7/5 – New Orleans, LA – Essence Festival

7/7 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theatre


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Blink-182 Release Behind The Scenes Video For “After Midnight”

Blink-182 Release Behind The Scenes Video For “After Midnight”

Blink-182 are taking fans on an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of their latest video for their second single, “After Midnight.” The video follows the story of young, troubled lovers in a psych ward who break free for an unforgettable night together. “It’s that idea of one person trying to help another person to live life,” explained director Issac Rentz. “It’s almost like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in that they have this one night to have a great time together.” Be sure to check out the behind-the-scenes video exclusively on AOL Music now.

For more information on Blink-182, check out the band’s official site, www.blink182.com, as well as, their Facebook and Twitter pages. Pick up Blink’s new album, Neighborhoods, available on iTunes and in stores everywhere now.

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Blink-182 Releases “After Midnight” Video In Support Of ‘Neighborhoods’ Album

Blink-182 Releases “After Midnight” Video In Support Of ‘Neighborhoods’ Album

Pop punk veterans BLINK-182 continue their comeback with a brand new video for “After Midnight,” the second single from their new album, Neighborhoods. The video was directed by Issac Rentz (Cage The Elephant, Motion City Soundtrack), who also worked on their previous video for “Up All Night”). According to Mark Hoppus, “the concept [of the video] is troubled love found in a psych ward.” Stay tuned for an exclusive Behind The Scenes look at the making of the video premiering tomorrow on AOL Music.

For more information on Blink 182, make sure to check out their official site, www.blink182.com, as well as their Facebook and Twitter pages. Blink’s new album, Neighborhoods, is available now on iTunes and in stores everywhere now.

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Lil Wayne Announces Dates For ‘I Am Music II’ Tour

Lil Wayne Announces Dates For ‘I Am Music II’ Tour

Lil Wayne

Iconic rapper and label owner, Lil Wayne, in the midst of a high charting radio single “6 Foot 7 Foot” and his recently released 9th studio album I Am Not a Human Being, has announced details and dates for his 2011 North American tour, the I Am Music II tour.

The Multi-platinum and Grammy award winning recording artist, who has sold over 10 million records and whose multi-platinum 2008 album, The Carter III, shattered records by selling over one million copies in its first week of release, will be joined by protégé Nicki Minaj, a top selling rapper signed to his Young Money imprint, whose critically acclaimed debut album Pink Friday has since gone Platinum. In addition to main support act Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne will also be joined by hip hop heavyweight Rick Ross, whose latest effort, Teflon Don, debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and has since been certified Gold. Rounding out the stellar line up are Travis Barker and Mixmaster Mike, will open all dates with a DJ/Drummer set on the Live Nation / Haymon Ventures produced tour.  Travis Barker will release his album Give the Drummer Some on March 15th, with the first single dropping on February 1st.

Lil Wayne’s I Am Music II tour, produced by Live Nation/Haymon Ventures, will make stops at arenas throughout North America this March and April, beginning with a show in Buffalo, NY on March 18, 2011 at the HSBC Arena, concluding on April 29, 2011 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver with additional dates being announced soon. Tickets for the I AM Music II Tour will be available through Live Nation.com starting the weekend of February 4th, 2011.

Independently of the I Am Music II tour, Lil Wayne will also headline the Bamboozle Festival at Meadowlands Arena Complex in East Rutherford, NJ on May 1, 2011.

A dynamic performer celebrated for his endless energy and high voltage live show, Lil Wayne’s I Am Music II tour promises to be his strongest to date.  The I Am Music II tour follows Lil Wayne’s unparalleled touring success in the 2008 – 2009 year during which Lil Wayne performed 78 headline shows across domestic arenas and amphitheatres in 9 months, grossing over $40 million USD, making him hip hop’s most profitable touring artist.

Lil Wayne recently released “6 Foot 7 Foot”, the first single off his heavily anticipated The Carter IV album, slated for a Spring 2011 release via Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Motown. Produced by Shondrae ‘Bangladesh’ Crawford and featuring a verse from Young Money newcomer Cory Gunz, “6 Foot, 7 Foot” is a dynamic exercise in word play and flow in which Lil Wayne rhymes over a sample of Harry Belafonte’s “Banana Boat Song (Day-O).”

I Am Music II Tour Dates:

Date City/State Venue
3/18/11   Buffalo, NY   HSBC Arena
3/19/11 3/20/11   Columbus, OH Baltimore, MD   Nationwide Arena First Mariner Arena
3/23/11   Hampton, VA   Hampton Coliseum
3/24/11   Cleveland, OH   Quicken Loans Arena
3/26/11   Philadelphia, PA   Wells Fargo Center
3/27/11   Long Island, NY   Nassau Coliseum
3/30/11   University Park, PA   Bryce Jordan Center
4/1/11   Chicago, IL   United Center
4/2/11   Detroit, MI   The Palace of Auburn Hills
4/3/11   Washington, D.C.   Verizon Center
4/6/11   Miami, FL   Bank Atlantic Center
4/8/11   Greensboro, NC   Greensboro Coliseum
4/9/11   Atlanta, GA   Philips Arena
4/10/11   St. Louis, MO   Scottrade Center
4/14/11 4/15/11   New Orleans, LA Dallas, TX   New Orleans Arena American Airlines Arena
4/16/11   Houston, TX   Toyota Center
4/19/11   Phoenix, AZ   US Airways Arena
4/23/11   Anaheim, CA   Honda Center
4/24/11   Oakland, CA   Oracle Arena
4/26/11   Sacramento, CA   ARCO Arena
4/28/11   Edmonton, Canada   Rexall Place
4/29/11   Vancouver, Canada   Rogers Arena
*5/01/11   *East Rutherford, NJ   *Bamboozle Festival @ Meadowlands Arena

*Independent of tour

For up to date, confirmed album announcements and live concert appearances, please visit Lil Wayne’s official websites, www.weareyoungmoney.com and www.weezythanxyou.com . Fans can tweet Lil Wayne at www.twitter.com/liltunechi

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Travis Barker Premieres “Carry It” Video From Upcoming Album ‘Give The Drummer Some’

Travis Barker Premieres “Carry It” Video From Upcoming Album ‘Give The Drummer Some’

Last week Travis Barker gave fans a behind the scenes look at the creation of the “Carry It” music video off of his highly anticipated debut album, Give The Drummer Some.

Now the hip-hop punk rock drummer has premiered the official music video and he does not fail to deliver. “Carry It” features high energy performances from Wu-Tang Clan members, RZA and Raekwon, along with Rage Against the Machine guitarist, Tom Morello. To watch the official music video for “Carry It” visit Vevo.com.

Give The Drummer Some, is slated for for a Feburary 2011 release and will feature a star studded line-up including Rick Ross, Ludacris, E-40, The Cool Kids, Yelawolf, Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, Pharrell, Clipse, Game, Bun B, Lil Wayne, and more.

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Travis Barker Premieres “Carry It” Track With Behind The Scenes Video

Travis Barker Premieres “Carry It” Track With Behind The Scenes Video

Blink 182 drummer and hip-hop producer, Travis Barker, has premiered another track off of his forthcoming album. “Carry It” features Wu-Tang swordsmen RZA and Raekwon as well as Rage Against The Machine guitarist, Tom Morello. Travis’ hard hitting drums along with Morello’s ripping guitar sounds and the lyrical mastery of RZA and “The Chef” make this track nothing short of a smash. “Carry It” will be available for purchase on 11/9 but can now be heard in its entirety at TravisBarker.com along with a behind the scenes look at the making of the music video.

Travis Barker’s debut solo album, Give The Drummer Some, is scheduled for a Feburary 2011 release and will feature a number of guests from the biggest names in music including Rick Ross, Ludacris, E-40, The Cool Kids, Yelawolf, Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, Pharrell, Clipse, Game, Bun B, Lil Wayne, and more.

For more information on Give The Drummer Some and all things Travis Barker visit TravisBarker.com.

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Blink-182 Teams Up With Artist Maxx242 To Create Limited Edition Tour Poster

Blink-182 Teams Up With Artist Maxx242 To Create Limited Edition Tour Poster

blink182_maxxIn honor of the upcoming Blink-182 summer 2009 tour, Blink-182 has teamed with Artist Maxx242 to create a special limited edition silk screened poster for the bands upcoming tour. The poster will be limited to 1,820 pieces with only 30 pieces sold at each show. Once they are gone they are gone.

You can check out the Blink 182’s tour dates and request songs for the band to play at http://pickrset.com/bands/blink182. pickRset founder Chris Siglin explains, “We tried to create really special limited edition items for this tour which will include posters, toys and nightly event t-shirts. Our goal was to do something really unique for all of the fans that they can not get anywhere else other that at the shows.”

More limited edition items will soon be announced.

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