LL Cool J, DJ Z Trip | the Venue at Horseshoe Casino | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader

LL Cool J, DJ Z Trip Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Thu., June 23, 8 p.m. 2011

I'm not going to begrudge anyone a highly lucrative but artistically unsatisfying second act to their career. Eventually people end up financially responsible for loved ones, and how can you really judge someone for taking crazy easy payouts to be in terrible action movies unless you've had an actual acting contract dangled in front of your face? That said, if LL Cool J had died (accidentally and painlessly, of course) right after Mama Said Knock You Out dropped in 1990, he wouldn't be doing shit like writing songs about his character on NCIS (2009's "NCIS: No Crew Is Superior") or playing shows at casinos. In fact, he'd probably have his face on more T-shirts than Biggie or Tupac, instead of just being that guy from Deep Blue Sea who happened to make some brutally good rap music a long time ago. —Miles Raymer

Price: $39.50-$95

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