Rappers typically perform with hype men, who keep the crowd’s energy up by waving around towels and feeding the audience granola bars. Get pumped with this GrouponLive deal.
- $15 for one G-Pass to the Kings of the Mic tour featuring LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, and De La Soul (up to a $25.45 value)
- When: Wednesday, June 26, at 7 p.m
- Where: DTE Energy Music Theatre
- General admission lawn
- Door time: 6 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
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How G-Pass Works:Your G-Pass will be ready to print 48 hours after the deal ends. Print the G-Pass and use it to enter the venue directly; you won’t need to redeem at will call. Due to security restrictions, G-Passes cannot be redeemed through the Groupon mobile app.
LL Cool J
When LL Cool J spat “Don’t call it a comeback, I been here for years” on 1990’s Mama Said Knock You Out, he wasn’t just telling the truth, he was making hip-hop history. A dozen albums, two Grammy awards, platinum and gold certifications, and countless hits later, he’s still here and going strong. This year’s Authentic sees not only his return to music after 2009’s NCIS: No Crew Is Superior, but perhaps his most ambitious effort yet. Like the birthday party of a genie’s best friend, the record’s guest list features Bootsy Collins, Earth, Wind & Fire, Snoop Dogg, Chuck D, and Eddie Van Halen, drawing on each’s unique talents for a record that plays like a greatest-hits compilation. Authentic hits every note of LL’s diverse career, from hard-hitting protest jams such as “Whaddup” to sexy ballads such as “Between the Sheetz.”
One of the founding fathers of gangsta rap, and a former central figure of N.W.A., Ice Cube has been a force to reckon with since 1987’s Straight Outta Compton. Over the years, Cube has hit them hard and fast with landscape-shaping jams such as “AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted,” “Check Yo Self,” and “It Was a Good Day.” Recent years have seen him adopted a more thoughtful lyrical philosophy without turning his back on his roots. On 2010’s I Am the West, he decries the state of up-and-coming artists in tracks such as “No Country for Young Men” and channels Kool Keith punch lines on “She Couldn’t Make It On His Own.”
In the infancy of hip-hop, when the genre was still a niche, rap was a gentler thing. Then Public Enemy rushed the show and altered the architecture of the art form. Ranked as one of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time by Rolling Stone, Public Enemy stirred up controversy by using music as a weapon in critically exalted classics such as It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Down and Fear of a Black Planet. They brought the noise with a hardcore sound packed with penetrating beats and samples that pounded like a gong-hitter who traded his mallet for a jackhammer. Hype man Flavor Flav added madness and levity that gave Chuck D’s gruff baritone extra sting as he spat lyrics that were urgent, political, critical, and fearless invitations to a revolution. Nearly 30 years since the group’s formation, that invitation remains extended.
De La Soul
From the very outset De La Soul was hailed as the future of hip-hop. Combining funk and soul with jazz, reggae, and psychedelia, their 1989 debut, 3 Feet High and Rising, was a gentler alternative to the hardcore rap splashing around the scene at the time. Posdnuos, Trugoy the Dove, and Pasemaster Mase preached peace and love from the beginning, and even as later albums incorporated darker elements they never quite gave in to gangsta rap. In recent years the trio has been collaborating with artists ranging from MF Doom to the Gorillaz, evincing their status as one of alternative rap’s reigning dignitaries and earning a Grammy in the process.
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