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HIP HOP / RNB 29 6 7 Issue 51 / 2013 album of the month: LL Cool J- Authentic The Hip-Hop star who performed at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, releases his 14th studio album on May 7th. The rapper is hitting hard with his new album Authentic, originally named authentic HipHop before being shortened. According to HipHop-N-More. com the Queens rapper is revamping his previous tracks collaborated with stars such as Jenifer Lopez, Kendrick Lamar, Joe Budden and more. Cool J is keeping things simple with his album cover, sticking to a black and white front and sporting a hoodie. LL has already released two tracks from his up and coming album, Ratchet and Take It ft Joe, both tracks out now. In an interview with Craig Ferguson, LL Cool J said' Yeah I'm doing music right now, I have a song called take it thats out the right now.' Check Authentic out on release and hear LL Cool J's amazing come back. event Preview: Ghostpoet @ Village Underground 30th May guestlist recommends: Louis Hammock This is the story of Louis Hammock, Aka Yung Dawg Food. Born in North London as Conrad Louis Brooks, Hammock moved to Tanzania at three years old. It was from there on that Louis spent the rest of his life moving between Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, London, and then back to Tanzania. Starting out in 2011, 18-Year-Old Conrad Brooks started to put his own spin on the beats of MF Doom, Madlib, Knxwledge, and one of Guestlist's previous recommendations 'Burnstein'. With this eclectic taste, and obvious hunger for the game - Louis started going places.It was at that time that Louis also began to explore into the Tanzanian hip hop scene, hanging out with local MC's and beginning to understand a market that is more dedicated to the 'as real as it gets' style of the 90s ."The first American rappers to perform out here were the Lost Boys, and I think shortly after Naughty by Nature came down, so I suppose that's what a lot of people looked at here as 'real' shit". His first record 'Deluxe' was a collaborative effort between himself and his longtime friend Burnstein. The mixtape combined traditional but sometimes off the wall rap lyrics with dreamy, electronic hip hop beats."When I made this tape, I really chose such a variety of different shit that was on offer to me to go over, not only is there quite a diverse range of sounds available but unlike before where I just showed I could rap, I think now I'm just getting onto that level where I'm trying to show that I can't be fucked with! That's it really." Louis Hammock is set to release 'HAMMOCK' late May. Check out his sites here: OUR PLAYLIST... Here are what we think are the hottest hip hop singles this month. Press play and enjoy!!! Since launching a promising career in 2010, signing to Gilles Peterson's prestige label Brownswood, Ghostpoet has excelled into the most unique, ambitious, genre squashing male to come out of South London. 1. De La Soul 2. Clear Soul Forces GET AWAY feat. The Spirit Of The Wu Beats Rhymes and Life 3. Bishop Nehru 4. J. Cole 12 Welcome (Feat. Que Hampton) [Prod by. J Dilla] Truly Yours 2 Releasing the automatic release date yet, but he's classic album 'Peanut sure to perform these on Butter Blues & his tour. Melancholy Jam', he was Hitting London on nominated for Mercury May 30th at Village after the albums success. Underground, guests are After a year off, he's to be announced. back. Promoting his new album, new label and new tour. Some Say I So Get your tickets here at www. I Say Light hasn't got a

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