LL Cool J, Public Enemy + More Prove They Are ‘Kings of the Mic’ at New York Show
New York City fans were treated like royalty as the Kings of the Mic tour tested the walls of Roseland Ballroom last night (June 20) with performances from LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Ice Cube and De La Soul.
LL Cool J held no punches as he uttered “Don’t call it a comeback” and kicked off his performance with ‘Mama Said Knock You Out.’ He also performed ‘Whaddup’ with some help from Chuck D and got hips moving with ‘Doin’ It’ ‘Headsprung’ and ‘Luv You Better.’
The rapper, who's a romantic at heart, also handed out roses to a few lucky female fans in the crowd. The party continued as he proved that ladies do in fact love Cool J as he invited a line of lovely women onstage to dance with him.
The hometown king of the night also spoke about his days growing up in Queens and dropping beats in Green Acres Mall. He went on to perform ‘Jack the Ripper’ and ‘Rock the Bells.’
It was a shame that Public Enemy’s performance was only about a half hour long as these veterans and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers graced the stage and got fans jumping.
The overall energy of these icons was truly a sight to see as they performed ‘Welcome to the Terrordome,’ ‘Shut ‘Em Down’ and ‘Bring the Noise.’ Public Enemy fans went crazy as they ended their performance with ‘Fight the Power.’ Flavor Flav hopped off stage and threw some rhymes up close and personal to fans in the front row.
Ice Cube was a force onstage as he kicked off his set with ‘Natural Born Killaz.’ He also took it back to his N.W.A. days as the West Coast emcee performed ‘Straight Outta Compton.’ He ended his set on a good note as everybody sang along with ‘It Was a Good Day.’
De La Soul opened up the show with an energetic performance that got the crowd moving. New York native Q-Tip also made a special appearance towards the end of their set.
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