LL Cool J:
LL Cool J managed to stand the test of time in a rap world where MCs fall like dominoes. Thirteen albums, television and movie credits, and a quarter century in the entertainment business have made LL Cool J a hip-hop icon. While he officially retired his rap career after his last album, Exit 13, LL Cool J tour dates are scheduled periodically throughout 2011. Don't miss a rare LL Cool J tour date when they are scheduled in your area; Use Eventful as your source for LL Cool J concert schedule updates.
The Queens, NY native burst onto the rap scene during its nascent with the hit single "I Cant Live Without My Radio" in 1985. It was like nothing ever heard before and brought Rap to the forefront of American pop culture. His debut album, Radio went Platinum, becoming one of the first rap albums to accomplish the feat. LL Cool J continued to record and tour throughout the '80s and '90s with Platinum album after album. During this time he also crafted a burgeoning acting career that included the popular TV series In the House and film roles in Deep Blue Sea and Halloween: H20.
LL Cool J revived his street cred with the club-banging single, "Headsprung", in 2004 and released his last album, Exit 13 in 2008. Since retiring his 25-year rap career, LL Cool J has found a home on the hit TV series NCIS: Los Angeles, in which he plays a special agent. He has also continued his film career appearing in the Queen Latifah film, Last Holiday and S.W.A.T. LL Cool J remains as one of rap's most celebrated performers and his catalog of records ensures that he has enough hit singles to last several concert sets. Stay on top of LL Cool J tour dates using Eventful's update service.
Ice Cube started a rap revolution as a teenager when his rap group, N.W.A., took the world by storm with Straight Outta Compton, in 1988. After embarking on a solo career, Ice Cube has become a Platinum recording star and one of Hollywood's most in-demand actors and producers. He launched an even more successful movie career at the turn of the millennium and continues to rap, record, and produce. Currently on the road, Ice Cube tour dates are scheduled throughout 2011. Don't miss a date on the Ice Cube concert calendar (2011); Use Eventful as your source for Ice Cube tour dates and venue information.
Born in the gritty area of South Central, Ice Cube and N.W.A. caused a stir in the late '80s with their description of Compton life. In 1989, Ice Cube embarked on a solo career and released his Platinum debut in 1990. In the mid-90s, Ice Cube formed the rap supergroup, Westside Connection, with Mack 10 and WC. In 1991, Ice Cube plunged into an acting career after being asked by John Singleton to star in Boyz n the Hood, which chronicled a life similar to Ice Cube's own upbringing. The hit film spurred further movie roles with Ice Cube becoming a Hollywood titan. He wrote and produced the hit film, Friday, and its various sequels.
In total, Ice Cube has sold over ten million albums, recorded nine studio efforts, and starred in over twenty hit films. As a writer/producer he is responsible for the Friday, Barbershop, and Are We There Yet?, francishes. Ice Cube is truly "America's Most Wanted", in terms of his Hollywood cache. Upcoming projects include his starring role in the film, 21 Jump Street and Last Friday, both scheduled for release in 2012. In the meantime, you can catch Ice Cube on the road. He is currently promoting his latest album, I Am The West, which was released in 2010. Ice Cube tour dates are currently scheduled across the nation throughout 2011. Don't miss a date on the Ice Cube concert schedule (2011); Use Eventful as your source for Ice Cube tour dates and venue information.
DE LA SOUL:
De La Soul is an American hip hop group formed in 1987 in Long Island, New York. They are best known for their eclectic sampling, quirky lyrics, and their contributions to the evolution of the jazz rap and alternative hip hop subgenres. The members are Kelvin Mercer (Posdnuos, Mercenary, Plug Wonder Why, Plug One), David Jude Jolicoeur (Trugoy the Dove, Dave, Plug Two) and Vincent Mason (P.A. Pasemaster Mase, Maseo, Plug Three). The three formed the group in high school and caught the attention of producer Paul Huston (Prince Paul) with a demo tape of the song "Plug Tunin'". Prince Paul was also sometimes referred to as Plug Four. The "Plug" names are alleged to come from the numbers that each bandmate's microphone was labeled on the soundboard. Posdnuos was always plugged into plug one, Trugoy was plugged into plug two, and so forth.
With its playful wordplay, innovative sampling, and witty skits, the band's debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising, has been hailed as a hip-hop masterpiece. It is also the band's biggest commercial success to date, with their subsequent albums selling progressively less, despite receiving high praise from critics. A measure of 3 Feet High and Rising's cross-over appeal was the fact that it was voted Album of the Year by NME Magazine, a title better known for its taste in guitar-based music. De La Soul has influenced numerous other hip hop artists such as Camp Lo, Black Eyed Peas, and Digable Planets. They were also influential in the early stages of rapper/actor Mos Def's career, and are a core part of the Spitkicker collective. They are the longest standing Native Tongues Posse group, after the Jungle Brothers.
In 2006, the group won a Grammy for their collaboration with the Gorillaz on the single "Feel Good Inc.".
They are playing a special show to promote the new single featured in the worldwide Nike campaign on Thursday 11 June 2009 at the Camden Centre in London.
As pioneers of the hip hop genre in the early 80s, Public Enemy became the first rappers to focus their music on the political and social issues that surrounded them. The members of Public enemy made a name for themselves despite coming to power when hip hop was highly controversial and frequently violent, especially on tour dates. Still flanked by their private security group, S1W, Public Enemy continues to release celebrated albums, like the upcoming Most of Our Heroes Don't Appear on a Stamp. They also still put on killer shows, like they've been doing on international tour dates in 2011, dubbed the Tour 77, in celebration of "Bring the Noize"'s 20th Anniversary.
Group leader Chuck D got his start as a DJ at a New York radio station and soon began rapping with help from his longtime friend, Flavor Flav. The first song he ever released was "Public Enemy Number One" which was given to struggling music producer Rick Rubin by then-unknown DJ Andre "Dr. Dre" Brown. Rubin recruited Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff (as the "Minister of Information"), and DJ Terminator X, to form a hip hop group that combined gritty rap with socially conscious lyrics. While Public Enemy's debut album, Yo! Bum Rush the Show launched the band into stardom, it was their next record, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back that would achieve greater success. Both this album and Fear of a Black Planet went platinum, with the latter becoming so well known for its socially charged lyrics that it was admitted into the Library of Congress.
Public Enemy has continued to produce acclaimed albums, with fans looking forward to the release of Most of Our Heroes Don't Appear on a Stamp in 2012. In the meantime, audiences can catch Public Enemy's 2011 tour dates which, after visiting Europe and South America, will spend August in North America. Public Enemy's 2011 tour dates end on September 9, after performances in the UK, so buy your tickets today!