LL Cool J, guests turn Meadows music fest into classic hip-hop party – New York News

LL Cool J turned his Saturday set at The Meadows Music & Arts Festival into a classic hip-hop dance party, packed with special guests and hits from his legendary career.


“I know most of y’all never been to an LL Cool J show,” he told the Saturday afternoon crowd gathered in the shadow of Citi Field for the second day of the three-day festival in Flushing. “You’re like, ‘He host the Grammys this year. He got ‘Lip Sync Battle.’ What he know about hip-hop?”

The Bay Shore native quickly proceeded to show not just what he knows, but also who he knows.

Following a hard-hitting opening of “Mama Said Knock You Out,” “Jack the Ripper” and “I’m Bad,” LL Cool J and DJ Z-Trip brought out A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip to mash together LL’s “Doin’ It” with Q-Tip’s “Vivrant Thing.” Then, Jarobi White joined them for the Tribe Called Quest classic “Award Tour.”

But the guests didn’t stop there. D.M.C., who will soon release his…

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