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LL COOL J's Upcoming New Album AUTHENTIC Available Now ; Grammy(R) Award-winner Steps Back Up To The Mic With New Album Featuring Special Guests Including, Brad Paisley, Bootsy Collins, Chuck D, Charlie Wilson, Eddie Van Halen, Earth, Wind & Fire, Monica, Snoop Dogg, Seal & Travis Barker

April 30, 2013

YellowBrix

LL To Tour This Summer In Support Of Authentic Kicking Off May 23

LOS ANGELES, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Two-time Grammy(R)- winning recording artist, LL COOL J's new album AUTHENTIC is available now. 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 at Amazon.com, iTunes, Target and other select retailers.

AUTHENTIC, which the Associated Press says, " hit[s] all the right notes from romantic to raucous to punk," 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(R) 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.

LL is promoting AUTHENTIC with appearances on THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW (April 30), PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT (May 3 ), LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (May 10), and THE VIEW (May 13).

"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 a 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.

AUTHENTIC TRACKLIST:

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

LL COOL J TOUR DATES

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

ABOUT LL COOL JLL COOL J is an entertainment icon who has found great success crossing into multiple mediums. A two-time Grammy(R) Award winner, recording artist, talented actor, New York Times best- selling author, NAACP Image Award winner, entrepreneur and philanthropist, LL continues to display his wide range of talents with every project. LL currently stars on one of the consistently highest rated shows on television, the CBS hit primetime drama series, "NCIS: LOS ANGELES." His performance on the show has garnered him a NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama Series" three years in a row (2011 - 2013) for his role as 'Special Agent Sam Hanna,' which can now be seen in more than 200 countries.

ABOUT 429 RECORDS429 Records is a unit of The Savoy Label Group (SLG). SLG is the North American based division of Nippon Columbia the oldest music company in Japan. The Savoy Label Group has evolved into a Grammy Award winning and chart topping independent music company consistently outperforming competitors in key music categories as monitored by Billboard Magazine. The Savoy Label Group is led by Steve Vining and is based in Los Angeles, CA. For more information visit: www.429records.com

SOURCE 429 Records

Originally published by 429 Records.

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