LL Cool J to lead ‘Kings of the Mic’ summer tour

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LL Cool J has revealed plans to return to the road this summer to headline the “Kings of the Mic” tour with Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La Soul. The hip-hop legends will make their way to Boston for a performance at the Bank of America Pavilion on Wednesday, June 19. Tickets for the show, which range in price from $30 to $75, will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Live Nation.

Performing with DJ Z-Trip, LL Cool J will be promoting his forthcoming album Authentic. The Long Island-bred rapper’s fourteenth studio effort and first since 2008’s Exit 13 is scheduled to hit stores on April 30. It will feature an array of special guests including Tom Morello, Chuck D and Travis Barker on the single “Whaddup”.

“With Authentic, I wanted to work on a project that was for the true fans,” explained LL in a press release. “I’m not trying to compete with 17-year-olds on the radio, but I am talking directly to the folks who came up with me. We may not be teenagers anymore, but we do still like to have fun.”

Like LL Cool J, Ice Cube is also know for his acting career. In November, he released a new single called “Everythang’s Corrupt” off his forthcoming album of the same name. No official release date or further details regarding the Los Angeles-based rapper’s tenth studio album have been released. The founding member of N.W.A.’s last solo release was 2010’s I Am the West.

Public Enemy celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2012 by releasing a pair of new albums. The legendary hip-hop group released their eleventh album, Most of My Heroes Still Don’t Appear on No Stamp, in July. The Evil Empire of Everything followed in October. Next month, they will be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

De La Soul are rumored to be working on their first offering of all new material since 2004’s The Grind Date. Last year, De La Soul members Kelvin Mercer (aka “Plug 1”) and David Jolicoeur (aka “Plug 2”) collaborated with French DJ duo Chokolate and Khalid to form “First Serve” and release a concept album, De La Soul’s Plug 1 & Plug 2 present… First Serve.

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