Overlooking the Hollywood careers of each of tonight’s performers, LL Cool J, Ice Cube, and Public Enemy are indeed the Kings of the Mic. And LL is a fitting headliner, since he emerged from Hollis in 1985 as a boombox-booming, be-Kangoled 18-year-old and just this year reaffirmed his role as a firebrand with a little help from Brad Paisley. Cube is responsible for some of gangsta rap’s best verses (including Eazy-E’s), and recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Public Enemy, with their dancing S1W’s and backing band, are undeniably rap’s best live experience. Today will be a good day.
Thu., June 20, 6:30 p.m., 2013
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on June 19, 2013