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LL Cool J Headlines Tour With Public Enemy, Ice Cube And De La Soul

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To cap off his gig as host of the 2013 GRAMMYs, LL Cool J was joined by Chuck D and a slew of other artists to perform “Whaddup,” the new single off upcoming album Authentic.

Turns out the party ain’t over yet. In May, he’ll be joined again by Chuck D (performing as part of Public Enemy), as well as Ice Cube and De La Soul, on the Kings of the Mic tour. DJ Z-Trip will act as LL’s touring DJ.

Attendees of SXSW got a sneak peek of the lineup last Thursday at the Doritos Bold stage, with everyone on the tour bill but De La Soul (replaced by Doug E. Fresh) performing.

LL Cool J’s Authentic, the rapper’s 13th album, is set for release May 7.

The tour will run 26 dates, beginning in Tucson, Ariz., and finish at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans on July 5. Check below for a full list of tour dates, locations and venues.

Kings of the Mic Tour
May 23 – Ava Amphitheater – Tucson, Ariz.
May 24 – Hard Rock Casino – Las Vegas, Nev.
May 25 – Shoreline Amphitheatre – San Francisco, Calif.
May 26 – Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, Calif.
May 30 – Target Center – Minneapolis, Minn.
May 31 – Harrah’s Council Bluffs-Stir Cove – Council Bluffs, Iowa
June 1 – Scottrade Center – St. Louis, Mo.
June 4 – Fox Theatre – Atlanta, Ga.
June 6 – Mahaffey Theater – Saint Petersburg, Fla.
June 7 – St. Augustine Amphitheatre – St. Augustine, Fla.
June 12 – Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric – Baltimore, Md.
June 14 – Charter Amphitheatre – Simpsonville, S.C.
June 15 – nTelos Wireless Pavilion – Portsmouth, Va.
June 16 – Durham Performing Arts Center – Durham, N.C.
June 18 – New Jersey Performing Arts Center – Newark, N.J.
June 19 – Bank of America Pavilion – Boston, Mass.
June 20 – Roseland Ballroom – New York, N.Y.
June 22 – Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center – Canandaigua, N.Y.
June 23 – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort – Mount Pleasant, Mich.
June 25 – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica – Cleveland, Ohio
June 26 – DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, Mich.
June 27 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, Ohio
July 1 – Verizon Theatre – Grand Prairie, Texas
July 2 – Stubb’s Waller Creek Outdoor Amphitheater – Austin, Texas
July 3 – Bayou Music Center – Houston, Texas
July 5 – Essence Music Festival – New Orleans, La.

–Kevin Rutherford, Radio.com

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