April 02, 2013 03:00 PM by Veronica Dudo
LL Cool J, the former guest judge on FOX’s hit reality TV series, American Idol has teamed up with several music legends for his brand new album. Eddie Van Halen is among the artists LL has collaborated with for two new songs. The tracks will be featured on LL’s upcoming new album AUTHENTIC scheduled to be released on April 30. In an effort to join two genres of music for some electrifying jams, the rock icon joined the legendary rapper in the studio to create the tracks. This year marks LL’s 30th year in the music industry. Keep reading to find out why LL Cool J reached out to the Van Halen guitarist!
Two-time Grammy winning recording artist, LL Cool J will release his 14th studio album later this month. The multi-platinum artist decided to work with a diverse group of famous artists including Brad Paisley, Bootsy Collins, Chuck D, Charlie Wilson, Earth Wind & Fire, Monica, Snoop Dogg, Seal, Travis Barker and many others.
Eddie and LL’s two track together are “We’re The Greatest” and “Not Leaving You Tonight.”
When asked why he choose to reach out to the guitarist, LL Cool J said, “This album was born out of my true love for music and I knew Eddie shared that same vision for authentic music. I approached this song with the upmost respect for Eddie and his fans, and became friends with him through the process.”
LL also added, “I was humbled to watch a genius at work and collaborate with such a legendary and visionary artist as Eddie Van Halen, and to bring our two worlds together, was an exciting opportunity. I am thrilled he was up for the ride.”
Eddie admitted that he initially didn’t know what to think of LL Cool J’s invitation but once the pair met, they instantly hit it off. Eddie recalls, “The thought of me playing guitar to hip hop was definitely left of center, but I was intrigued and I agreed to meet and listen to what he had.”
After the two musicians met Eddie says, “I was not only inspired by the songs I heard, but LL’s enthusiasm, his down to earth personality, the freedom he gave me to co-create and his willingness to, for the very first time, sing the chorus on “We’re The Greatest.” It was like a breath of fresh air that I needed as an artist and an individual.”
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Photo Credit: Eddie Van Halen