News: LL Cool J Re-Thinks Album Retirement, "I'm Not Running Around Looking For A Record Deal" [Video]
Friday, Jul 10, 2009 1:30PM
Hip-Hop mogul LL Cool J recently spoke on what music plans he has since releasing his final contractual Def Jam album last year and why he may return to the studio for another solo release in the future.
Appearing on "The View," LL explained how he still attains the fulfillment of releasing an album by touring and other ventures.
"Two things, first of all, making albums is a way of expressing my creativity," LL explained. "So I can express my creativity through business. I can express my creativity through my clothing line. I can express my creativity through the different ventures I have. I still wanna do live music and I still do live concerts so people will see me on tour. I'm just not running around looking for a record deal like 'Please listen to my demo.' [laughs] Like right now, that's not what I want to do right now." ("The View")
His last album, Exit 13, dropped last fall and marked his final release under Def Jam.
The album title refers to the fact that this is LL's 13th album on Def Jam and the last on his contract. It's been a rocky relationship, with LL questioning some of Jay-Z's managerial decisions and claiming the label didn't properly promote some of his albums, but he says things are better now. "We're back on the same page, it feels great," says the MC, who has said he's glad that Jay-Z is no longer running the label. "It's my last record on the contract." (Rolling Stone)
LL previously spoke with SOHH about the project's overall feel and how much of an impact 50 Cent had on the release.
"50 is not executive producing the whole album be we did a whole album together and I used like four or five songs," he explained. "I didn't want to be '51 Cent.' I want to make sure that I was giving them L. God knows that the last thing I needed to do is wait 'til my 13th album and play son-son and all that." (SOHH)
In addition to television shows, LL recently hit the road for a T-Mobile tour.
Presented by T-Mobile Sidekick artists include Kelly Clarkson, Common, Estelle, Lady Gaga, Leona Lewis, LL Cool J, Katy Perry and Gavin Rossdale. In addition, the resident DJ for the entire tour will be recording artist and "American Idol" runner-up Blake Lewis. Grammy nominees Leona Lewis and Gavin Rossdale kicked off the tour in Los Angeles, performing at the Hollywood Palladium for thousands of fans on April 9. The tour will then move on to San Francisco at The Warfield on April 14 with Grammy nominee Natasha Bedingfield and N.E.R.D. (PR Newswire)
Check out LL Cool J's interview below: