It was certainly a banner weekend for LL COOL J. The Queens legend punctuated his enshrinement into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with the help of Dr. Dre (who presented him), and Eminem who performed "Rock The Bells" alongside him.
Dr. Dre said in his speech: “Whenever I hear the first album Radio, it immediately transports me back to when I was just getting started as a DJ behind the turntables. I started off practicing mixing and scratching ‘Rock the Bells’ in my garage. And then I took that shit to the club and watched the club go crazy…. LL’s body of work contains some of the most diverse Hip-Hop has ever seen. He became rap’s first pop superstar while staying true to his roots representing Queens, New York.”
But it begs the question: Is there something more coming from these three legends?
LL COOL J has confirmed that he is working on a new album that is being executive produced by Q-Tip, who also served as the executive producer for Danny Brown’s uknowhatimsayin¿ in 2019. As executive producer, Tip brought in outside production from Flying Lotus, JPEGMafia, and others — indicating "executive producer" doesn't mean, "only producer in the kitchen."
LL COOL J and Dr. Dre worked together on the song "Zoom" from the Bulworth soundtrack, and he spit over an unreleased Dre beat back in 2016. for Beats 1. During their Influence of Hip-Hop interview, the duo revealed they had, "30-40 unreleased songs together."
In 2014, LL COOL J confirmed that he and Eminem had worked together for the first time on a planned G.O.A.T. 2 project.
Eminem has made it no secret that he is a LL COOL J fan. The bridge in "Kamikaze" is clearly an homage to "I'm Bad," and he's dropped his name on several songs.
"I identified with and loved LL COOL J and the Beastie Boys.," he said. I felt like if everybody didn’t understand their music, it didn’t matter — they were speaking to me."
Classic Hip-Hop is having a huge moment right now. Look no further than Rock The Bells itself, the popularity of Verzuz, and the planned blowout at the Super Bowl halftime show as proof. If LL COOL J is dropping an album it's not gonna be without flashy contributors who represent the past, present, and future of the culture.
When speaking at his induction ceremony, he commented, "Humility. I know I’m supposed to get up here and talk tough and talk shit, but nah. Humility. I’m not talking about that false, self-deprecating, I-bow-to-you-but-I think-I’m better than you shit. I’m talking about real humility, where you have the confidence to collaborate, the confidence to work with other people.The confidence to celebrate others."
It's been 8 years since LL COOL J's last project. If there is new music coming, you better believe he's bringing those who he felt represented him in one of the biggest moments of his career.