LL Cool J Announces "Authentic" Release Date & Tracklist

UPDATE #3: LL Cool J pushes up the release date for his upcoming album "Authentic."

After releasing a few singles over the past month, LL Cool J has officially announced the release date for his thirteenth studio album.

Taking to MySpace, the veteran emcee revealed that the project is slated to drop on February 12, 2013. It is unclear on which label the album will release.

He also discussed the LP during an appearance on Craig Ferguson. "I'm doing music right now. I have a song called 'Take It' that's out there right now," he said. "I'm working on a new album. I think I'm going to put a record out. I haven't put one out in five years. So I'm putting one out in February."

Watch the interview below (57th Ave via HHNM).

[November 9]

UPDATE: LL Cool J has revealed the tracklist and cover art for his upcoming album Authentic Hip-Hop. Check the cover art below.

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1. Something About U (FTW)
2. Where Ya At (BOSS)
3. Take It (feat. Joe)
4. Closer (feat. Monica)
5. Too Late
6. New Love
7. Dream With Me
8. Girl So Bad
9. Ratchet
10. Bartender Please
11. Bath Salt
12. Getting Paper
13. Jump On It
14. Hell Yeah
15. Whaddup

[November 20]

UPDATE: LL Cool J has renamed his upcoming album Authentic, and has pushed back the album from February 12th to May 7th. Check the new cover art below, and expect a new tracklist soon (via HHNM).

cover

[February 8]

UPDATE #3: According to a press release, LL Cool J has pushed up the release date for his upcoming album Authentic, now slated to drop on April 30th. HipHopDX will keep you updated as more information comes to light.

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135 Comments

  • Anonymous

    They should remake In Too Deep with Ja Rule and Diggy.

  • Anonymous

    just stick to acting

  • The Son Of Murda

    I realy miss Ja Rule, Hip hop has been dead since he got locked

  • Anonymous

    . . "Medical examiners have positively identified the body of the renegade former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner. The cause of death was not released with the identification." How do they Identify the molecular structure of his DNA and not tell us simply how he died???? This sounds fishy. .

  • Fuck Queens

    To me this is a Goat http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b2/Hausziege_04.jpg/256px-Hausziege_04.jpg

  • Anonymous

    rap is whack right now we need a game changer dope samples and perfect bars hip hops slacking

  • Anonymous

    ja rule is the only nigga who murders careers

  • Anonymous

    Ja Rule should just kill his career.

  • Anonymous

    LL COOL J IS A BITCH ASS MOTHER FUCKA! HE BE MAKING BITCH MUSIC!! MY BITCH BE FUCKING BUMPING HIS SHIT IN THE CAR MAN, WHEN I DROP HER AT WORK AND SHE GETS OUT SO DOES LL'S CD, STRAIGHT OUT THE FUCKING WINDOW!! N I GET BACK 2 BUMPIN SOME NIPSEY OR JEEZY OR SOME SHIT. FUCK COOL JAMES THE 80'S ARE OVER BITCH JUST LIKE YO WACK ASS CARRER MAN

    • DJDAVITO

      YO ANYBODY THAT listens TO JEEZY IS A HERB ASS GUMP! LL IS A MOTHERFUCKING LEGEND WHO'S WORST RHYME IS BETTER THAN THOSE COUNTRY ASS FAGGOTS YOU LISTEN TO,HOME PISS. CORNY SKINNY JEAN WEARING FAGGOTS LIKE YOU DON'T EVEN UNDERSTAND THE HIP-HOP CULTURE. LL DROPPED NOTHING BUT JEWELS WITH HIS FIRST 5 ALBUMS, SHIT HARDER THAN YOUR BI SEXUAL CORN BALL UNCLE TOM ASS IGNORANT COUNTRY LYRICALLY CHALLENGED UNCLE TOM RAPPERS. GO PUT ON YOUR SKINNY JEANS AND KEEP YOUR COUNTRY ASS OFF ANYTHING THAT HAS TO DO WITH A HIP-HOP LEGEND. EAT A DICK KABOB AND KEEP BEING JEALOUS OF YOUR GIRL WHO WAN'T LL INSTEAD OF YOU. INSECURE ASS FUCKING HERB! LL'S DRAWLS PROLLY IN YOUR GIRL'S PAMPERS. LIL GEEZY HAHAHAHAHAHAH CORN BALL ASS NIGGA!

    • ry

      sounds like someone's hating on the GOAT

    • Got Money In My Ghetto

      Your illiteracy should be over as well.

  • LL Cool J

    This Is My Inspiration http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3eCmv17bd4

  • wu wear

    Mama Said Knock You Out is still dope as fuck to this day

  • Anonymous

    That's kinda weird - an album being pushed FORWARD... (if only by a week)

  • Anonymous

    LL is a pioneer in this game and very few would want to battle dude. He's vicious, and has had the biggest impact on the rap game. More than Jay, more than your favorite artists. Word to CanIbus haha

    • Anonymous

      LOL i was thinking about canibus when i was reading that

    • ETK

      ^^ Gangsta Rap is NOT the point here white boy. And all the people you mentioned have said LL is one of the Greatest. Go do your homework.

    • Anonymous

      HE'S HAD MORE INFLUENCE ON GANGSTER RAP THAN J? MORE INFLUENCE IN GANGSTER RAP THAN DR DRE? ICE CUBE?( fuck it all of n.w.a) MORE THAN PAC? BIG? NAS? EM, THE LIST GOES ON HOMIE WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN SMOKING? LL COOL J GIVES US BITCH MUSIC. C'MON MAN HE'S A PIONEER YEAH BUT HAS NOT HAD THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON THE RAP GAME!! NO WAY!! DR DRE BE KILLING THAT SHIT!

  • Money First

    Its always "authentic" if you keep doing what you love! Big Ups LL!!

  • Rod

    LL been around for ever...we talking since the 80's...more power to him tho. Y'all should checkout www.thegrandreport.com too, the usually have some good reads as well

  • hypestyle

    reach back to the def jam family for collaborations- chuck d, slick rick, mike D & Ad-Rock.. producers- rick rubin, bobcat, dj pooh, marley marl, dj premier.. rock bands- red hot chili peppers, audioslave, lenny kravitz..

  • Anonymous

    Titles aren't too enticing, I've heard fake hip hop with similar type titles. Ratchet wasn't a good start, tho this won't make him or break him this is like playing for the Wizards after retirement. Still did his thing and he still respected.

  • The M'fn Truth

    That cover looks like a GAP ad. That sh** is wack.

  • talktalkreal

    I think Rick Rubin should hook back up with Cool J and do for him like did for Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond. Back to some rock/rap 99 problems type stuff. ROCK THE BELLS!

  • Doc

    I give him props for doing what he loves because this man doesn't need the money. Like it or not this guy has major endurance in the game, not many people have lasted as much as him and still have a decent sized fan based. His delivery is very smooth and the lyrics are not bad. I'm not an LL fan btw

  • KID SAREEZ

    THIS NIGGA DONE HAD ABOUT 50 ALBUMS ALREADY AND HE STILL KILLING THE GAME, WHY CAN'T NAS BE AS LYRICAL AS LADIES LOVE COOL JAMES, NAS KILLED HIP-HOP! #swag.

  • Anonymous

    canibus destroyed this dude lyrically

    • Anonymous

      Yo You better give me the respect that I deserve or I'ma take it by force Blast you with a 45 colt, make you summersault Shock you with a couple hundred thousand volt thunderbolts Before you wanted a war, now you wanna talk It's about who strikes the hardest, not who strikes first That's why I laugh when I hear that wack ass verse That shit was the worsepauserhyme I ever heard in my life Cause the greatest rapper of all time died on March 9th God bless his soul rest in peace kid It's because of him now at least I know +What Beef+ is It's not what I would call this (nah) see this is somethin different A faggot nigga tryin ta make a livin offa dissin Somebody that he gotta know is betta than him But he feelin himself, cause he got more cheddar than him Well lemme tell you somethin, you might got mo' cash then me But you ain't got the skills to eat a nigga's ass like me And if you really want to show off, we can get it on Live in front of the cameras on your own sitcom I'll let you kick a verse, fuck it, I'll let you kick em all I'll even wait for the studio audience to applaud(cheers) Now watch me rip the tat from your arm Kick you in the groin, stick you for your Vanguard award In front of your mom your 1st, 2nd and 3rd born Make your wife get on the horn call Minister Farrakhan So he could persuade me to squash it, I saw naw he started it He forgot what a hardcore artist is A hardcore artist is a dangerous man, such as myself Trained to run 20 miles in soft sand On or off land, programmed to kick hundreds of bars off hand From a lost and forgotten land, you done did it man You done spitted some wack shittit And probably thought that because it's been a minute I'll forget it Fuck that, cause like Common and Cube I see The Bitch In Yoo And I'ma make the world see it too, motherfucker that "Ripper Strikes Back" shit was corny. only reason LL emerged from that shit was because Canibus can't write a song and Wyclef ain't did nothing hot since The Carnival. LL really won? FOH.....

    • Anonymous

      Go to sleep. When young sons fantasize of borrowing explaining flows Tell little shorty with the big mouth the bank is closed (yeah, word up) The symbol on my arm is off limits to challengers You hold the rusty swords I swing the Excalibur How dare you step up in my dimension Your little ass should be somewhere cryin on detention Watch your mouth better yet hold your tongue I'mma do this shit for free this time this one's for fun Blow you to pieces, leave you covered in feces With one thesis ("LL Cool J is hard") Every little boy wanna pick up the mic And try to run with the big boys and live up to the real hype But that's like picking up a ball, playing with Mike Swinging at Ken Griffey or challenging Roy to a fight Snappin, you amateur MC's Don't you know I'm like the Dream Team tourin overseas For rappers in my circle I'm a deadly disease Ringmaster, bringin a tiger cub to his knees (uhh) In the history of rap they've never seen such prominence Your naive confidence gets crushed by my dominance (word up) Now let's get back to this mic on my arm If it ever left my side it'd transform into a time bomb You don't wanna borrow that, you wanna idolize And you don't wanna make me mad nicca you wanna socialize And I'm daring every MC in the game To play yourself out position, and mention my name I make a rhyme for every syllable in your name Go platinum for every time your grimy ass was on the train Watch your mouth don't ever step out of line LL Cool J nicca, greatest of all time. That's it -That's All

  • Anonymous

    LL if you wanna make it authentic wait for Ja Rule to come out of the jail, and have him on every song, now that's some authentic shit right thur

  • Anonymous

    Bath Salt lol Sounds like a song Keith Sweat turned down fifteen years ago.

  • Real hiphopdx

    CAN-I-BUS!!!!!!!!

  • BLACK

    LL FINNA COME BACK AND SAVE HIPHOP

  • Anonymous

    better title and cover

  • Anonymous

    LL cool J sucks ass...........

  • let it go

    Double L had more surgery than that coco ho ice t bangs

  • Fuck Marcy

    Queens stay winning...ya know we started this shit.

  • Anonymous

    authentic hip hop? i was expecting tracks like mics and turntables, 46 bars, NY:the birthplace. LL FOH with that title tlo an album which features joe, monica and has tracks like bath salt and bartender please.

  • lullu

    to all yall dnzn ll-rock da bellz 4eva

  • TrillOG

    Yall talking shit on the G.O.A.T?!30 years in Hip Hop,with dozens of hits?!All your fav rappers grew up with his albums like 50,Rozay,Game,wayne ... New album is gonna be classic...Authentic Hip Hop no doubt!

    • Mr Moore

      L has been in quite of top 5 lists. I laugh at people who continue to deny this mans greatness and contribution to hip hop. "Now ask Russell Simmons who built the west wing"

    • Anonymous

      self proclaimed GOAT. truth be told, he's never in anyone's top 5 lists ever

  • Anonymous

    why is it called ''authentic hip hop''

  • Mortis

    Joe song was throwback to his sound. the other song i've heard was dog shit

  • Anonymous

    damn this nigga used myspace

  • Nice

    finally someone who doesn't have a feature on every single song.

  • Anonymous

    LL IS STILL THE BEST OVERALL MC IN THE GAME AND THIS ALBUM WILL PROVE IT!!!!!

  • Money First

    Respect! Make it happen L....ready to hear the new music!!

  • Anonymous

    Is the TV money not enough?

  • YEBO

    ANOTHER JACKASS RAPPER CLAIMING COMEBACK, FIRST HE WAS OK, THEN HE FELL OFF, THEN HE TRIED DOING COMMERCIAL HIP HOP AND POP SONGS WITH R&B SINGERS, IT FLOPPED, NOW HE TRIES TO DO "AUTHENTIC" HIP HOP, IT WILL FLOP AGAIN FOR SURE, HE WILL NEED AT LEAST ONE FEATURING BY LYRICAL GOAT LIKE 2 CHAINZ TO SELL AT LEAST 20 COPIES LL COOL J IS NOT GOAT OR SHIT, HE IS ONLY LUCKY TO START RAPPING WAY BEFORE 2 CHAINZ AND GUCCI MANE WERE FAMOUS, IF HE STARTS NOW, NOBODY EVER WILL GIVE A FUCK ABOUT HIM. 2 CHAINZ SHOULD GIVE THIS DUDE SOME CLASSES HOW TO WRITE LYRICS AND HOW TO RAP, SAME GOES FOR SHYNE, DMX AND OTHER WANNABE VETERANS TRYING TO BEING AN ATTENTION BITCH. ONLY ONE THING ABOUT COOL J RIGHT NOW IS POSITIVE - HE DOESN'T TRY TO GAIN SOME HYPE BY TAKING SHOTS AT DRAKE, ROSS OR ANY RAPPER WITH REAL TALENT.

    • Mr Moore

      I know you just didn't put LL and 2Chainz in the same sentence? LL needs help from 2 chainz?! Ls speech alone at the BET Hip Hop awards was better than anything 2 chainz has in his entire repertoire. That's on a whole other level of ingnorance! I've read some dumb comments in the past but congrats your the first for 2013...take a bow!

    • Arizona

      2 chainz is the wackest that has ever happend to music plus why would LL COOL J collabarate with him when he can collabarate with Lloyd Banks Fabolous Jadakiss Styles P Nas AZ Ghostface Killah Lupe Fiasco Saigon Talib Kweil etc fuck Drake 2 Chainz Fucker Montana Retard Rozay Lil Gay Bastardman Dickhead Kalieyfa and the rest of the wankers ite

    • The Don

      How can you say that LL Cool J is shit, if it wasnt for the like of rappers like him, rap/hip hop would have been dead years ago, you clearly know nothing about good quality music and listen to bullshit like Rick Ross, 2 Chainz and all them other Gay boy rappers,i bet you were lipstick like your momma bitch, faggot ass cunt!! Now go and shoot yourself.

    • Anonymous

      LL got more classics on his first album than 2 Chainz will ever put out.

    • Anonymous

      obviously you kno nothin about hip hop... for you to call 2 chains lyrical???? lmaooooo thats hist is funny, LL would rap 2 chainz around 2 chainz.... that nigga LL will be jus fine with out some damn 2 chainz, this young nigga is stupid but you funny dogg....

  • Anonymous

    Gonna go wood for sure

  • Anonymous

    haha awesome Craig Ferguson on hhdx :D

  • gsonii

    I am still checking for LL

  • Milehighkid303

    YOUR FAVORITE RAPPERS FAVORITE RAPPER. THE REAL GOAT. THE FIRST MC TO REALLY HIT THE SILVER SCREEN. TO PUT THE CULTURE WHERE IT IS. LL IS THAT DUUUUUUUUUUUDE!

  • Anonymous

    I wish he just called it "Hip Hop" he has the right.

  • Fuck Queens

    Hope the shit lives up to its title.

  • Anonymous

    LL better bring his A-game with a title like that

  • Up North

    Laughing at you niggas hating. You same fuck niggas who are buying 2 Chainz, Chief Keef, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne come on here calling LL corny. The irony.

  • MP

    As soon as I read "Taking to MySpace" I had to laugh. LL is one of the greats without question, but I'm nervous to even think about how this album is going to sound....smh.

  • Anonymous

    Time for LL to lick his lips and walking around without a shirt in a video and acting if he is 20 years.

  • Anonymous

    some rappers dont know when to stop. What are you goin to LL lick your lips in a video. goddamn you are 45 years old girls want to see young man not some old fart

    • Anonymous

      lol plus y the fuck do you care what the girls want. ll cool j prolly fuck your gf, boi...dese niggas.. gtfoh

    • Anonymous

      If an artist can still make that cake at 45 years old, why the F should he stop? You know damn well his album is going to sell. Why hate? I bet you'll be at the record signing in the front row trying to get a pic of L with his shirt off.

    • Nigga Please

      Reckless hating. Bitches go ham when Rick Ross fat ass walk around with no shirt on and you think they'll object to LL? GTFOH

  • Har-magedon,G.O.D.

    PEACE It's funny how most of you clowns are always telling someone like Ll to stop rapping when your favorite emo/homo rappers can't even come up with a decent line or rhyme scheme. PEACE

  • Anonymous

    LL one of my fav rappers...

  • HAHA ANOTHER ONE?

    Look out for a shot at the nigga that tried robbing his house lol

  • tresdemayo

    Ayo what's the point to talk shit on L, dude is a legend, he ended careers, dropped classics, and even though he lost relevance, the albums he dropped in the 2000s were far from trash. It's nice to see a veteran coming back with a new record, just for the fun of it, cause obviously he doesn't need it. That's his 4th decade in the game, think about it before hating (and remember that your mom was probably getting wet for James in her teens lol)

  • Datruth

    Come on aunt L You are so corny

  • Anonymous

    LL has accomplished what most rappers aspire to accomplish. When him Queen Latifah, Ice Cube, or Will Smith come back to something hip hop related wack or not it's obviously out of love and not a desperate career saving move. They're the point they're just high profile hobby rappers, nothing more, nothing less.

  • Fuck LL Cool J & His Family

    I know it'll be trash.

  • kyugjbo

    Graig Ferguson is funny as hell!

  • Yamz

    Stop rapping, L. You are a legend and as someone who grew up in Queens, you have my respect, but just STOP!

  • Anonymous

    He`s doing an album written by mad skillz!

  • NOI 4 LiFE

    THX for keepin' Ja Rule's legacy alive while he's in jail. LL Cool J is dope, so everybody RESPECT him!!!

  • I'm At Work And Bored

    I like the title. I'm gonna be pissed if the whole album has nothing but love songs

  • Anonymous

    y da hell y'all ignorant fcks keep bringing up ja rule's name in every post?? that niga ain't been relevant since the early 2000's. get off that lil nigga dick!

  • BLACK

    DAMN...CRAIG FERGUSON STILL HAS A SHOW??? THAT DUDE IS FUCKING TERRIBLE!!!

  • Anonymous

    Officially riding ja rule's dick since 1999.

  • Anonymous

    When LL wants to do something, he asks Ja Rule first.

  • Anonymous

    Ja Rule approves of this album, no need to diss this nigga y'all!!!

  • Anonymous

    Niggaz, stop dissin' LL... Ja Rule approved of this nigga.

  • Anonymous

    AUTHENTIC HIP HOP?? SON... YOU SOLD THAT STATUS BACK IN '96 NOW YOU CLAIMIN IT AGAIN?? FOH WITH YA "RACHET" HOLLYWOOD ASS.

    • Anonymous

      shut yo ass up. He is a legend and can do what he wants. You probably the guy that says EM drops hip hop albums. If EM can still rap then LL sure can

  • Milehighkid303

    THE REAL GOAT!! TOTALLY CO-SIGN STATEMENT BELOW! DUDE WAS DOIN WHILE OUR FAVORITE MC'S WAS IN PAMPERS.

  • DaveSpilman

    Without LL Cool J NONE of todays rappers or your favorite rappers would be relevant. Anybody hating needs to take notice and bow down for real. Might not be the most solid lyricist ever, but LL is responsible for A LOT in hip-hop! Top 3 dead or alive just for the simple fact of what he's done for the culture...Ya'll don't wanna see my top 3 though, it'd make you mad haha. Ya'll realize that without LL, 2 Pac probably never would have blown up? I know LL didn't have a direct effect on 'Pac blowing up, but LL really brought hip-hop to the mainstream...and that's why I put LL Cool J in my top 3 dead or alive.

    • achpe2

      Anonymous STFU!!! Legends can do what they want. Unlike these a## crack rappers yall young dudes love today. Fickle a## HIP HOPPERS, today its 2 chains tomorrow yo mama. You right its not 1984 so cut those high top fades I see yall wearing and take off them First Jordans we paid $75.00 for that your dumb a##es wait in line for and pay $300. 1984 CLASSIC 2012 SOME ISH

    • Anonymous

      did does mean you must rap for your whole life. LL is a legend but its time for him to quit. it aint 1984 anymore its 2012. oh and fuck lil wayne

  • Anonymous

    This nigga cray... Ja Rule approved.

  • YEBO

    JUST COUPLE OF YEARS AGO HE WAS POP RAPPER WITH FEATURES FROM THE-DREAM, JENNIFER LOPEZ OR AMERIE, HE FLOPPED, NOW HE TRIES TO PUT "AUTHENTIC HIP-HOP" LABEL ON HIS SHITTY ASS AND EITHER WAY - HE WILL FLOP AGAIN AND AGAIN.

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