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Eminem & LL Cool J 'Poppin' Collaboration Confirmed After Dr. Dre Song Tease, New Album Soon?

by Danica Bellini   Mar 16, 2016 11:43 AM EDT

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Rapper LL Cool J has already recorded an epic (yet unreleased) collaboration with Eminem. Now, the G.O.A.T. emcee just hopes to perfect everything before shocking fans with his new and improved sound:

“[Em] actually did his vocals and everything. It really happened,” he said in a recent interview with Billboard. “I want the overall project to be good. Em is my man and I love him. He’s also a friend of mine, so we’ll definitely get it poppin’. The world has been waiting for that. They’ll get it the right way and it’s gonna be amazing. People should just gear up for this project. Quote me on the things I said about it, and hold me accountable when I deliver it.”

So, why is the "NCIS: Los Angeles" star focusing on music again after all of these years? He's already released a total of thirteen solo studio albums:

“With hip-hop today, in this era, I feel like I have to make a contribution. I’ve made a contribution in every other era. I haven’t made a high powered one in this era yet. I look forward to doing that. I think it’s going to set a standard for the culture in general," the 48-year-old NYC native explains. "The most fun for me will be introducing music to people who only know me for my acting, my hosting and all of that stuff. They’ll get a chance to see me in my original element.”

Earlier this month, LL shared a viral freestyle alongside Dr. Dre (which Slim Shady excitedly approved of):

So, how did that studio session come about?

"Basically, my man DJ Pooh had called me up and said Dre was trying to link, you know, just have me come by the [Beats 1] show and say what up, etc... I just went to hangout and maybe talk and vibe and next thing you know, one thing led to another and we're talking hip-hop and Dre says, 'Maybe you do a drop or something.' And I'm like, 'A drop? F*ck that!' and then The Good Doctor went and got his laptop and the rest is history."

Will he premiere a teaser featuring the infamous "Rap God" next? Stay tuned!

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