REWIND: Whaddup With LL Cool J’s ‘Authentic’ Album?

LL Cool J‘s latest album, Authentic, hit stores Tuesday (April 30) and he’s brought along with him an eclectic group of renowned artists from different genres.

In this edition of REWIND, he explains what fans can expect from his collaborations with Brad Paisley (not that collabo), Eddie Van Halen and other notable names in music.

We yuck it up with President Barack Obama and his White House Correspondents’ Dinner jokes: Jay-Z and Cuba, nyuk-nyuk. See for yourself below.

As for LL’s next step, he will be hitting the road for the Kings Of The Mic Tour with Public Enemy, De La Soul and Ice Cube starting May 23. 

For more on LL’s latest album, see the full Essentials video below.

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.

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