LL COOL J Announces "THE F.O.R.C.E. LIVE" With The Roots, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Z-Trip + More

LL COOL J has announced The F.O.R.C.E. Live, a 24-date arena run co-produced by Rock The Bells and Live Nation Urban. Special guests include DJ Jazzy Jeff, The Roots and LL COOL J's longtime tour DJ, Z-Trip. Salt-n-Pepa, Queen Latifah, Rakim, Common, MC Lyte, Method Man & Redman, Big Boi, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Ice-T, Juvenile, Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, De La Soul, Goodie Mob, Jadakiss and Rick Ross will join the rotating bill in select cities.

The run kicks off on June 25 in Boston, hits the Barclays Center in Brooklyn two days later, then continues to Newark, Toronto, Baltimore and several other key markets. The tour wraps up at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles on September 3. Unlike the traditional “opening act—headliner” format, the show will be a non-stop musical mash

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KRS-One Takes Over The Birthplace Of Hip Hop For 50th Anniversary

KRS-One has announced he's taking over the official birthplace of Hip Hop—1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx—the same building Kool Herc and his sister Cindy Campbell threw their iconic Back To School jam on August 11, 1973. He's also launched a new website, BirthplaceofHipHop.NYC, that will keep fans up to date on the celebratory events. 

Beginning later this year, the veteran MC will lead a series of community-based programs at The 1520 Community Center, including a masterclass in Hip Hop. An official press conference takes place at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue on April 25, where KRS-One will join community leaders, tenants and the building's owners to officially launch the celebration. An exhibit dedicated to Hip Hop's origins will ev

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Killer Mike Announces First Solo Album In More Than A Decade With "Don't Let The Devil" Featuring El-P

Killer Mike has announced his first new solo album in more than 10 years, Michael. The project serves as the follow-up to 2012's R.A.P. Music, which loosely served as the introduction to Run The Jewels, Mike's longtime duo with Company Flow MC/producer El-P. Coinciding with the announcement is the release of the album's inaugural single, "Don't Let The Devil" featuring El-P and Thankyougoodsir. Production duties are handled by El-P, No I.D. and Little Shalimar. 

“RTJ is the X-Men, this is my Logan," Mike said. "My favorite group (US) with my favorite producers! It’s our 10 year anniversary and MICHAEL is an origin story so I wanted to start with El." 

RTJ will embark on a 10 -year anniversary run this fall but are currently celebrating the release of

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Erykah Badu & Mos Def Announce Joint North American Tour

Erykah Badu and Mos Def (also known as Yasiin Bey) have announced a joint tour they're calling the Unfollow Me Tour. Badu made the announcement via Instagram on Monday night (April 17).

"Badu Summer Tour 2023," she wrote in the caption. "(((UNFOLLOW ME ))) w/ @yasiinbey and other EXTRAORDINARY GUESTS!!! Tickets go up 4/20 … coming to your city .. link in bio …. Vid created by e.badu on this phone with a layering of 4 apps." 

As noted, tickets go on sale beginning Thursday (April 20). The 24-date run kicks off on June 11 in San Antonio and wraps up on July 23 in Badu's hometown of Dallas. Other stops include Boston, New York, Nashville, Detroit, Los Angeles and Denver. Find tickets here

Badu has released f

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E-40's Ejection From Sacramento Kings Game Being Investigated

E-40 attended the Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings game at Golden 1 Center in Sac Town on Saturday night (April 15). In a video making the rounds online, E-40 is seen having an argument with several other people in the crowd before he's ultimately ejected from the game midway through the fourth quarter. E-40 later addressed the incident on social media and blamed racial bias for his removal.

“On Saturday night, I was subjected to disrespectful heckling over the course of the Warriors-King game in Sacramento. During the fourth quarter, I finally turned around and addressed one heckler in an assertive but polite manner. Yet, shortly thereafter, Kings’ security approached me, assumed that I instigated the encounter and proceeded to kick me out of the arena. Unfortunat

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De La Soul Joins Wu-Tang Clan & Nas On N.Y. State Of Mind Tour

De La Soul suffered an enormous loss on February 12 when Trugoy The Dove—one-third of the trailblazing Hip Hop group—unexpecteldly passed away. The timing of his death was undeniably cruel. Just weeks later, De La Soul's first six albums—3 Feet High & Rising, De La Soul Is Dead, Buhloone Mindstate, Stakes Is High, AOI: The Mosaic Thump and AOI: Bionix—were finally made available on digital streaming platforms after years of stalled negotiations. The surviving members, Posdnuos and Maseo, could've folded right there, burdened by the grief they were suddenly forced to confront. But, as they say, the show must go on. 

De La Soul celebrated Trugoy's life along with dozens of their peers at Webster Hall in New York City on March

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