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April 29, 2013 | By Gerrick Kennedy
Somewhere between Grammy hosting duties, starring on a hit CBS cop drama and thwarting home burglars, LL Cool J has completely lost touch with what launched him into superstardom: rapping. That startling disconnection is what bogs down his 13th album, "Authentic. " His first offering in nearly five years - and first not to be issued through longtime hip-hop powerhouse Def Jam - "Authentic" not only misses the mark, it doesn't even come close. In the nearly 30 years since the Queens emcee first emerged, the lady-killer has become a multi-hypenate force in entertainment.
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July 8, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The Kings of the Mic concluded their 26-date American tour Sunday night at the Greek, and throughout the four-hour evening, classic old school hip-hop ruled. Featuring some of the most important MCs of the '80s and '90s -- De La Soul, Public Enemy, Ice Cube and LL Cool J -- the Kings visited their subjects in L.A. for an open-air lesson in so-called real hip-hop. A full review will arrive later today, but below are a few quick takeaways. 1. The most unenviable slot on this tour is the opening one -- fans filing in, getting situated, not really feeling the groove just yet. De La Soul, whose debut album, “3 Feet High and Rising,” remains one of the most important hip-hop albums of the genre's first decade, accepted the challenge.
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May 11, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
"LL Cool J is hard as hell," the rapper-turned-"NCIS" star proclaimed Friday on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" -- news that might come as a surprise to anyone who's made the slog through his lumpy new album , "Authentic. " Yet if "Authentic" presents LL Cool J with all the intensity of the hashtag-obsessed Grammy host he's become, the veteran MC's live-wire "Fallon" performance actually delivered on his promise: Backed up by DJ Z-Trip, he ripped through his 1985 classic "Rock the Bells" (the source of the hard-as-hell boast)
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July 4, 2013
LL Cool J may have gotten in hot water for his contribution to the baffling Brad Paisley single "Accidental Racist," but on the tour of first-generation hip-hop legends, he'll reassert his mike prowess with Ice Cube, De La Soul and Public Enemy in the wings. Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7 p.m. Sun. $35-$80. http://www.greektheatrela.com.
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September 5, 2000 | SOREN BAKER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Like Will Smith, LL Cool J has transcended the title "rapper." The Queens native is also film and TV star, a spokesperson for the Fubu clothing line and an author. But where Smith and other successful rappers have lost some of their musical edge after embracing acting, Cool J has remained respected in the hip-hop community. And with his new album, "G.O.A.T." (an acronym for "Greatest of All Time"), the versatile rapper, 32, demonstrates that he's still one of the genre's most exciting artists.
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February 10, 1996 | JON MATSUMOTO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When LL Cool J speaks, it's hard not to pay rapt attention. During interviews, the hip-hop star exudes the type of intensity and self-confidence befitting a rapper who has managed to win over both critics and fans during a lengthy and fruitful 12-year recording career. If LL Cool J were on a football team, he'd be a prime candidate for captain, if not player-coach. The 28-year-old is no shrinking violet, especially when it comes to defending his street credibility.
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September 20, 2009 | Choire Sicha
LL Cool J returns to television in the new spinoff show "NCIS: Los Angeles," opposite Chris O'Donnell (and Linda Hunt), on Tuesday. The singer's first album came out nearly 25 years ago; now he has four kids. He also runs Boomdizzle, which is like a record label, "Star Search" and a Sears clothing line rolled into one. So you're gonna disappear from New York. I'll be bicoastal! But I'm not going to uproot from New York. I'll get a crash pad. You don't have a plane, do you?
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August 22, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Tempted to visit LL Cool J's place? Remember to knock. Perhaps bring a small gift. Do not, we repeat do not , let yourself in and then come running at the man of the house.  LL Cool J delivered a broken jaw and broken nose to a suspected burglar at his Studio City home in the wee hours Wednesday, police sources told L.A. Now , in a "knock-down, drag-out" fight that occurred after the rapper and actor heard sounds coming from the kitchen and...
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September 5, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Hip-hop heavyweights gathered in New York on Wednesday to mourn the loss of Chris Lighty, the pioneering talent manager who apparently took his life on Aug. 30. Stars like LL Cool J, Diddy, Missy Elliot, Q-Tip, 50 Cent and Grandmaster Flash attended services at Manhattan's Frank E. Campbell funeral home, where Lighty was celebrated before friends and family.   A processional for Lighty, who is survived by wife Veronica and their two children,...
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April 1, 2010 | By Matea Gold
Sarah Palin's new show on Fox News will debut Thursday without a segment featuring LL Cool J after the performer complained the network had misleadingly repurposed a 2-year-old interview for the program. The debut episode of "Real American Stories," a new series profiling inspirational Americans, was originally set to include a clip of LL Cool J in a segment called "In Their Own Words." The rapper and actor had taped the interview for an online project called "Real American Stories" that Fox News launched in the summer of 2008, but was taken aback to learn this week that the clip would be used on a show with the same name being hosted by Palin.
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May 11, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
"LL Cool J is hard as hell," the rapper-turned-"NCIS" star proclaimed Friday on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" -- news that might come as a surprise to anyone who's made the slog through his lumpy new album , "Authentic. " Yet if "Authentic" presents LL Cool J with all the intensity of the hashtag-obsessed Grammy host he's become, the veteran MC's live-wire "Fallon" performance actually delivered on his promise: Backed up by DJ Z-Trip, he ripped through his 1985 classic "Rock the Bells" (the source of the hard-as-hell boast)
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April 29, 2013 | By Gerrick Kennedy
Somewhere between Grammy hosting duties, starring on a hit CBS cop drama and thwarting home burglars, LL Cool J has completely lost touch with what launched him into superstardom: rapping. That startling disconnection is what bogs down his 13th album, "Authentic. " His first offering in nearly five years - and first not to be issued through longtime hip-hop powerhouse Def Jam - "Authentic" not only misses the mark, it doesn't even come close. In the nearly 30 years since the Queens emcee first emerged, the lady-killer has become a multi-hypenate force in entertainment.
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April 27, 2013 | By Kari Howard
Even though I'm partial to a good hook in music, lyrics are my biggest love (perhaps not surprising for someone smitten with good storytelling).  I think the best songwriters --  Bruce Springsteen , Paul Westerberg and  Paul Weller  spring to mind -- can summon a person's entire life in a three-minute song. Sometimes even a stanza can do that. Like a lot of you, I spent a long time listening to  George Jones on Friday. How about this stanza, from “A Good Year for the Roses”: And a lip print on a half-filled cup of coffee That you poured and didn't drink But at least you thought you wanted it That's so much more than I can say for me. In these roundups of the week gone by, I'd like to offer the first paragraphs of each Column One -- maybe they'll buy your eye and you can settle in for a good weekend read.
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September 5, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Hip-hop heavyweights gathered in New York on Wednesday to mourn the loss of Chris Lighty, the pioneering talent manager who apparently took his life on Aug. 30. Stars like LL Cool J, Diddy, Missy Elliot, Q-Tip, 50 Cent and Grandmaster Flash attended services at Manhattan's Frank E. Campbell funeral home, where Lighty was celebrated before friends and family.   A processional for Lighty, who is survived by wife Veronica and their two children,...
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August 22, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Tempted to visit LL Cool J's place? Remember to knock. Perhaps bring a small gift. Do not, we repeat do not , let yourself in and then come running at the man of the house.  LL Cool J delivered a broken jaw and broken nose to a suspected burglar at his Studio City home in the wee hours Wednesday, police sources told L.A. Now , in a "knock-down, drag-out" fight that occurred after the rapper and actor heard sounds coming from the kitchen and...
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August 22, 2012 | By Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A man who allegedly broke into actor-rapper LL Cool J's home suffered a broken nose and jaw at the action star's hands Wednesday morning after what police sources described as a "knock-down, drag-out" fight. LL Cool J, who rose to fame with the aptly named hit song "Mama Said Knock You Out" and portrays a special agent on the CBS drama "NCIS Los Angeles," proved life imitates art and nabbed the burglar inside his expansive Studio City house. When Los Angeles police arrived at the Blairwood Drive home around 1 a.m. Wednesday, LL Cool J had detained the battered and bruised suspect.
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April 10, 1995 | HOWARD ROSENBERG, TIMES TELEVISION CRITIC
Nearly five years after introducing Will Smith to TV viewers in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," NBC has collected another rapper for a prime-time sitcom. * One difference: While Smith (known to his music fans as the Grammy-winning Fresh Prince) has proved an able, adaptable actor, Grammy-winner LL Cool J looks, talks and moves too much like a rapper to be credible in NBC's humdrum new "In the House."
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March 25, 1996 | MIKE BOEHM
With his stage decked out like a Space Age bachelor pad, LL Cool J was ready for some "Loungin' " (as one of his song titles put it) Friday night at the Freedman Forum Concert Theatre in Anaheim. But in playing the part of a modern Lothario, the veteran rap star left out any sense of wit, suaveness and self-irony, the qualities needed to give the Don Juan hang some flair. Instead, LL's raps covered a range of interests about as wide as a bull seal's.
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April 1, 2010 | By Matea Gold
Sarah Palin's new show on Fox News will debut Thursday without a segment featuring LL Cool J after the performer complained the network had misleadingly repurposed a 2-year-old interview for the program. The debut episode of "Real American Stories," a new series profiling inspirational Americans, was originally set to include a clip of LL Cool J in a segment called "In Their Own Words." The rapper and actor had taped the interview for an online project called "Real American Stories" that Fox News launched in the summer of 2008, but was taken aback to learn this week that the clip would be used on a show with the same name being hosted by Palin.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2009 | Choire Sicha
LL Cool J returns to television in the new spinoff show "NCIS: Los Angeles," opposite Chris O'Donnell (and Linda Hunt), on Tuesday. The singer's first album came out nearly 25 years ago; now he has four kids. He also runs Boomdizzle, which is like a record label, "Star Search" and a Sears clothing line rolled into one. So you're gonna disappear from New York. I'll be bicoastal! But I'm not going to uproot from New York. I'll get a crash pad. You don't have a plane, do you?
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