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Bay Area Summer Guide
While LL Cool J might not be knocking out hits like he did early in his career, the veteran emcee has orchestrated one of the biggest hip-hop shows of the summer concert season with the Kings of the Mic Tour, also featuring Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La Soul.
Stopping at Shoreline Amphitheatre on May 25, it's a tour far removed from the lean and molly scene found in popular rap music today, but just as relevant for the role each act had in shaping the genre and their diversity of styles. LL Cool J was its first sex symbol, Ice Cube and his partners in N.W.A introduced gangster rap to the world, Public Enemy brought revolutionary rhymes and political assassinations to the mix and De La Soul added depth with their brand of NYC bohemian hip-hop..... continue reading