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Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen has spoken out about his guest appearance on Authentic, the upcoming album from rap legend LL Cool J. Van Halen guests on two tracks on the April 30th release, "We're The Greatest" and "Not Leaving You Tonight." Asked by about the project, Eddie explained, "The thought of me playing guitar to hip hop was definitely left of center, but I was intrigued and I agreed to meet and listen to what he had. I was not only inspired by the songs I heard, but LL's enthusiasm, his down-to-earth personality, the freedom he gave me to co-create and his willingness to, for the very first time, sing the chorus on 'We're The Greatest'. It was like a breath of fresh air that I needed as an artist and an individual."


  • Eddie added, "The diversity of the songs on this album and the other artists he has collaborated with is outstanding, appealing to multiple genres of music and maybe even creating a few of our own. I feel blessed to not only have had the opportunity to work with LL, but also to call him a great friend."
  • LL Cool J chimed in, "This album was born out of my true love for music and I knew Eddie shared that same vision for authentic music . . . I was humbled to watch a genius at work and collaborate with such a legendary and visionary artist as Eddie Van Halen, and to bring our two worlds together was an exciting opportunity. I am thrilled he was up for the ride."
  • A 90-second sample of "We're The Greatest" can now be streamed on YouTube. Authentic is LL Cool J's first album in five years.
  • Among other guests appearing on the CD is Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, who can be heard on the song "Whaddup."

CHECK IT OUT: Listen to a 90-second sample of "We're The Greatest":

SIDE NOTES: Van Halen has not been seen on a stage since last spring, but along with a handful of Japanese dates and an Australian gig, the band recently confirmed it will close out the annual Rock USA Festival, scheduled for July 17th through the 20th in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. This is Van Halen's only North American appearance of the year so far.


  • Are you interested in checking this collaboration out?
  • Will you buy LL's new album or just seek out the tracks online?
  • Do you feel rock/hip hop collaborations work in general?

INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth -- agree or not?

nancyboy wrote: "Sounds like crap to be honest."

pigchop wrote: "I don't like this - not even a little bit."

Zosimus wrote: "It would appear that this collaboration has failed to refresh the tired sounds of rap and hip hop."

motley wrote: "i think its cool...when i grew up in the 80,s i listened to some hip hop from that time and i still think it holds up today ll cool j run dmc and beastie boys and public enemy were great bands with some great lyrics and a positive message."

Wronginfo wrote: "So Eddie goes digging in the trash bin for songs for a Van Halen album, but he can collaborate with LL for his record (and $$$$)."

Leonard Rockstein wrote: "That was worse than expected. I'll stick with good oldskool rap when I'm in the mood for it."

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