As we recently told you, Van Halen’s Eddie Van Halen is featured on two tracks on hip hop star LL Cool J’s upcoming album, Authentic (due out April 30). Talking about the collaboration, LL told GuitarWorld.com, “I approached this song with the utmost respect for Eddie and his fans, and became friends with him through the process. 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.”
Said Eddie, “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 song 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.”
He 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.” Have a listen for yourself — check out this 90-second sample of “We’re The Greatest”.