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LL COOL J featuring DJ Z-Trip, Nas, Ludacris, Ne-Yo, Doug E. Fresh

Thursday

Jun 21, 2018 – 7:00 PM

1111 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015 Map

  • LL Cool J
  • DJ Z-Trip
  • Ludacris
  • Ne-Yo
  • Rae Sremmurd
  • Teyana Taylor
  • SZA
  • Doug E. Fresh
  • NAS

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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.

Ludacris: With the ability to spit lightning fast, witty lyrics and produce head bumping beats that have become popular with audiences around the world, Ludacris has earned a spot amongst rap royalty. After first breaking on to the scene with tracks like "Southern Hospitality" and "Move Bitch", Ludacris is now playing tour dates to a huge crowd of screaming fans, as well as continuing a popular acting career. While he doesn't have any tour dates in 2011, Ludacris is hard at work on his next album, Ludaversal, which is due out in early 2012.

When Christopher Brian Bridges was nine years old, he moved to Atlanta and began writing raps, eventually becoming a DJ on Hot 97.5. He released his debut album, Inconegro, in 1998, with many of the tracks appearing on his major label debut, Back for the First Time, in 2000. The album has gone triple platinum, and led to the first tour dates of Ludacris' career. The next year, Ludaris released Word of Mouf, which received great reviews and featured the singles "Area Codes" and "Move Bitch", which have become two of his most popular hits. The rapper received his first Grammy for the Usher song "Yeah!", which also become a breakout hit for Lil Jon. Ludacris' 2004 album, Red Light District, quickly went double platinum and rose to the top of the Billboard 200, supported by the ironic single, "Number One Spot."

While the artist's 2010 album, Battle of the Sexes, was supposed to be a collaboration with Shawnna, she soon dropped out after recording began and was fortuitously replaced by female artists like Nicki Minaj, Lil' Kim, and Monica. The album has only built for Ludacris' next traditional studio album, Ludaversal, which, while the cause for no tour dates in 2011, is bound to please his loyal friends.

Ne-Yo: At the tender age of twenty-two, Ne-Yo possesses lyrical and musical talent that are far beyond his years. Born into a family of musicians from Arkansas, Shaffer C. Smith a.k.a. Ne-Yo was raised in a single parent home by his mother. In hopes of a better opportunity, Ne-Yos mother relocated the family to Las Vegas Nevada; where Ne-Yo would discover his passion.

The singer/songwriter, penned on the biggest radio records of history (189.5 million listeners in one week) Billboards ..1 R&B chart for several weeks, the words on Let Me Love You touch your heart and makes you feel good in your soul. Written with Scott Storch and Kam Houf and performed by the R&B artist Mario, Let Me Love You is just a glimpse into the mind of a true writer. Its a great song, and Im really happy to have written it, he says.

A master in the art of storytelling, Ne-Yo began writing at an early age. A vivid imagination and creative energy has allowed Ne-Yo to write songs for multi-platinum artists such as Mary J. Blige, B2K, Faith Evans, and Musiq. When asked about writing number one hits for other artists, simply put, Ne-Yo said, I feel there is always room for good music. I want to reach peoples soul with my lyrics thru whatever vessel God chooses.

Set to release his debut album on Def Jam Recordings, this dynamic entertainer is ready to deliver. Infusing pop melodies to rich, soulful production the album is sure to score with fans and critics alike. Relying on mostly his own in-house crew Compound, Ne-Yo creates both a unique sound and sentiment for his records. Songs like the first single Stay (featuring Peedi Crack) exemplify Ne- Yos nuanced, layered vocals and sample free production. So Sick, a beautiful track in which he laments hearing love songs on the radio due to the feelings they conjure, reveals his voice to be clean and almost elated, but rich and weathered at the same time. But true to his charismatic character, the album shows many sides of Ne-Yo and even finds him lighter, more playful, even coy, on When Youre Mad. Sure cello hits move the track as Ne-Yo floats above, telling his woman that shes even more beautiful when shes mad.

With the album in the chamber, ready to go, Ne-Yo now just has to prepare himself for the stardom that is sure to follow. The toughest part has been getting used to being known, he confesses, Ive always been the writer, the guy in the background, but being the actual artist is a whole new experience for me.

Citing Prince, Marvin Gaye, The Rat Pack, and Stevie Wonder in his list of favorite entertainers, Ne-Yos album invokes a nostalgic feeling, a renaissance if you will. Whether its the bedroom or the dance floor, Ne-Yos songs are filled with passion and intense energy that pulls (you into the music) and puts you into a zone.

Ne-Yo is taking the music industry by storm, as he graces and challenges popular music with his writing & vocal talents. Much more than todays male singer, Ne-Yo is a rare artist; expressing creativity thru drawings, paintings, martial arts and song. He is distinguished by youthful energy with in-depth lyrics that touch the soul. Ne-Yo is honored and ecstatic to be apart of the Def Jam brand, which produces some of the best R&B and hip-hop artists in the world.

Teyana Taylor: It’s hard to recognize the pretty 16 year-old poised in first position at the ballet barre. Her usually wild mane is pulled back into a scarf as she takes her final port de bras and retreats to the locker room with a tug of her leotard. "I'm not a girly girl," she confesses with a shrug. "I don't like wearing a spandex bodysuit." When she returns, she's rocking a fitted cap cocked over her gorgeous crop of corkscrew curls, a subtle sag in her Ice Cream jeans, and a pair of technicolor Air Force Ones. Yup, Teyana Taylor’s got her swagger back.

You may already know Pharrell’s latest protégé from her extravagant, 80’s-themed coming out party on MTV’s Sweet 16 or as the petite pop locker in Jay Z’s “Blue Magic” video, but her V.I.P. status was established even before the cameos and big name industry endorsements. Lady Beyonce herself was so impressed with the Harlem bred triple threat’s moves that she asked her to teach her the Chicken Noodle Soup — the popular dance Teyana helped innovate — for her performance at the 2007 VMA's. "That kind of love coming from Jay and Beyonce, was crazy, recalls Teyana. "When he said, 'Yo, you're a superstar. I'll see you at the top,' I was humbled, like wow!"

With the release of her debut album, From A Planet Called Harlem (Star Trak/Intersope), Teyana finally gets to show off her killer pipes and full-bodied flow to the rest of the universe. The album is a macrocosm of R&B, pop rock, and rap and deliciously rich with sticky hooks and campy lyrical play. "From the songs to the production — the whole direction of the album is insane," explains the Star Trak maverick. "It's a story about having fun."

Of course, the stylish femcee reps NYC to the fullest but it's her offbeat, 'afronaut' edge that makes her such an undeniable rockstar — she's a seamless blend of hip hop hipster and skater chick. Her hybrid musical style is as rebellious and eclectic as her personality and that's not the result of a brilliant marketing squad. Just peep her iTunes playlist and you'll find her rocking out to My Chemical Romance, Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Lauren Hill, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson.

With production from sonic architects like Jazze Pha, Pharrell, Mad Scientist, Frost, Shondre and Hit Boy, Teyana's first solo offering has the rumblings of a party-pumping earthquake. The mix of throwback break beats, futuristic boom bap, and melodic renderings is the perfect backdrop for the starlet's musical mayhem.

"Complicated" is a beautifully airy ballad about a crush that she's not quite prepared to pursue. I can't say I'm not impressed by you /I'm not ready to invest/ I can't say I'm not the girl for you/ I just might not be her yet. She sings with the tender honesty of a young girl with strong sense of self-awareness and wisdom.

"'Color Me Pink' is my favorite song," she says about another coming-of-age single. "It's about a boy who makes me want to put on a skirt or wear a tutu to ballet class. It's something every girl can relate to."

But From A Planet Called Harlem isn't all flowery femme gems and soulful lullabies. On "Translation," Teyana gets clever with her wordplay. She spits a few bars of hood patois and then translates it for her less slang-savvy fans. "Switch It Up" is another track that capitalizes on her flow. She adopts her mentor's cocky cadence and rips the mic over an infectious go-go beat, lacing it with his familiar yezir's. Then the sassy shopaholic goes ego-trippin on "Traffic Stop," a head bopping jam that will have everyone singing “ Sittin’ at a bus stop/ Suckin’ on a lollipop/ In my Ice Cream top/ I can make the Traffic Stop”.

"The first time I stepped into a booth I was seven," says Teyana. "I started singing on the train to make money, just hustling. No matter how much money I get, I still gotta grind. I still gotta work hard to get where I want to be."

Throughout the years, Teyana has learned to cultivate her talents to form her own original style. While the average 16-year-old's burning ambition is passing their road test, Teyana is busy pursuing loftier goals. Her focus is to be the next young lady since Lauren Hill to shift the game in a whole new direction for others to follow. For now, the industry ingénue would rather focus on kicking her career into overdrive.

NAS: Nas changed the rap game when he released his debut album, Illmatic, in 1994. The prodigal rapper offered his take on society, African culture, and life on the streets, proving that rap was more than hot beats. The oft-politically charged rapper has managed to produce socially relevant and conscious material for nearly two decades and continues to produce some of the most inspiring and cognizant lyrics in Hip-Hop today. Nas tour dates have been scheduled nationally and the Brooklyn MC will be bringing his message and his rhymes to a venue near you. Don't miss a date on the Nas concert schedule 2011; Use Eventful as your source for Nas tour dates and venue information.

The Brooklyn native was born to jazz musician, Olu Dara, and began writing raps at age nine. Hip-Hop and Rap were exploding on the Brooklyn scene in the '80s and had a heavy influence on the budding MC. By 1992, Nas had secured a recording deal with Columbia Records who released his debut album in 1994. The album is one of a handful to receive all "Five Mics" from The Source magazine and is considered a Hip-Hop classic. It was a throwback to the socially conscious rhymes of rap music a decade earlier and solidified Nas as not only a rap star but a lyricist-poet. He followed up with It Was Written in 1996 and he recorded an album with the rap supergroup - The Firm; both of which have been certified Platinum. Nas tour dates and concerts were scheduled periodically throughout the nation during his rise to fame.

Nas closed out the '90s with two critically panned albums, I Am and Nastradamus, before returning to the graces of the critics and the public alike. Stillmatic was released in 2002, signaling Nas' return to the clever lyrics that made him famous. The album featured the Grammy nominated single, "One Mic". He continued the trend with God's Son in 2002, which was hailed by Time magazine as the best hip-hop album of the year. Nas followed up with the praiseworthy double-album, Street Disciple, and reconciled with former rival, Jay-Z. Nas then signed to Def Jam and released Hip Hop Is Dead in 2006, which gave the rapper his largest first sales-week ever. The album debuted at #1 selling 355,000 copies in its maiden week. A Nas concert benefitting the victims of the Virginia Tech shooting was scheduled in 2007 and Nas also contributed a track to the Academy Award winning film, Blood Diamond.

Nas released his most recent untitled album in 2008, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album in 2009. At the ceremonies, Nas confirmed that he will be working on a collabo album with Reggae star Damien Marley. Since releasing his last album in 2008, Nas toured Europe and North America while writing rhymes for his latest album, Life Is Good, which is due out later this year. In the meantime, the critically acclaimed artist still manages to find time to perform throughout the year. Currently, Nas tour dates and concert performances are scheduled periodically throughout 2011. Don't miss a date on the Nas concert schedule 2011. Check Eventful for the latest updates on Nas tour dates and performances as they are updated regularly.

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