LL Cool J has revealed the details for his forthcoming studio album, Authentic, which is set to be released on April 30th and will feature a number of high profile guests.
The famed rapper didn't just stick to hip-hop when it came to lining up collaborations for the effort. As previously reported the two highest profile guests on the album are country star Brad Paisley and hard rock guitar legend Eddie Van Halen.
The album will also feature guest contributions from Bootsy Collins, Chuck D, Charlie Wilson, Earth, Wind & Fire, Monica, Snoop Dogg, Seal, Blink-182's Travis Barker and more.
"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."
LL Cool J will be supporting the album release with his "The Kings Of The Mic" headline tour where he will be joined by DJ Z-Trip.
The tour will also feature performances from Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La Soul and will kick off on May 23, 2003 in Tucson, AZ.
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 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
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