Despite being repeatedly snubbed by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, LL Cool J is still in the hearts of real hip-hop heads – and west coast rap legends Ras Kass and Snoop Dogg pay homage on the new single named after him.
Ras Kass earned his reputation as one of the greatest ever with his 1996 debut Soul On Ice, a densely-packed lyrical exercise named after deceased Black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver’s collection of essays. For his upcoming sixth album, Soul On Ice 2, he hopes to bring back that same energy – and fans’ first glimpse of the album is “LL Cool J,” a silky, Felony Muzik-produced number that Ras and Snoop spitting equally smooth rhymes while showing reverence to the hip-hop pioneer from their opposite coast.
“As soon as I heard this track the first person I thought of was the S-N-double O-P!” Ras told VIBE. “He killed the verse & even sang the hook. LBC & Carson.”
Soul On Ice 2 features production and guest appearances by Diamond D, Pete Rock, Snoop Dogg, Immortal Technique, Justice League, Cee-Lo Green, DJ Green Lantern, Everlast, Styles P and M.O.P. It’s scheduled for a Sept. 6, 2019 release through Mello Music Group, and is available for preorder now. Listen to “LL Cool J” below.