Veteran rapper LL Cool J begins an extensive U.S. tour Thursday (June 20) at Billboardlive in Miami and will be on the road through an Aug. 20 date in Mashantucket, Conn. The artist is primed to relea

Veteran rapper LL Cool J begins an extensive U.S. tour Thursday (June 20) at Billboardlive in Miami and will be on the road through an Aug. 20 date in Mashantucket, Conn. The artist is primed to release his next Def Jam album, tentatively titled "Ten" and featuring production work by the Neptunes. However, a spokesperson would not reveal a release date or confirm any other information about the project.

The new set is the follow-up to 2000's "G.O.A.T.," which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally and has sold 809,000 units in the U.S. to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

In March, LL Cool J was among the inductees to the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame, joining such artists as Grandmaster Flash, Tupac Shakur, KRS-One, Notorious B.I.G., Doug E. Fresh, and Slick Rick.

Here are LL Cool J's tour dates:

June 20: Miami (Billboardlive)
June 21: Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (House of Blues)
June 22: St. Petersburg, Fla. (Jannus Landing)
June 23: Jacksonville, Fla. (Marquee Theatre)
June 24: Panama City Beach, Fla. (Club La Vela)
June 28: Pittsburgh (Metropol)
June 29: Pontiac, Mich. (Phoenix Plaza)
July 1: Indianapolis (World Mardi Gras)
July 2: Cleveland (Agora Theatre)
July 3: Charlotte, N.C. (Uncle Sam Jam)
July 5: Chicago (House of Blues)
July 10: Houston (venue TBA)
July 11: Grand Prairie, Texas (Next Stage)
July 12: Lubbock, Texas (Fair Park Coliseum)
July 13: Lubbock, Texas (Pan American Center)
July 14: Phoenix (Celebrity Theatre)
July 16: Boise, Idaho (Big Easy)
July 17: Spokane, Wash. (the Met)
July 18: Portland, Ore. (Roseland Theatre)
July 19: Seattle (KUBE radio show)
July 21: San Francisco (Fillmore)
July 23: San Diego (4th & B)
July 24: Anaheim, Calif. (House of Blues)
July 25: West Hollywood, Calif. (House of Blues)
July 26: Las Vegas (House of Blues)
July 28: Denver (Fillmore)
July 31: Minneapolis (Quest)
Aug. 1: Milwaukee (Rave)
Aug. 2: Columbia, Md. (Blue Note)
Aug. 4: Columbus, Ohio (PromoWest Pavilion)
Aug. 7: Charleston, S.C. (Centre Stage)
Aug. 8: Myrtle Beach, S.C. (House of Blues)
Aug. 10: New Orleans (House of Blues)
Aug. 11: Atlanta (EarthLink Live)
Aug. 13: Washington, D.C. (venue TBA)
Aug. 14: Philadelphia (venue TBA)
Aug. 15: Boston (Avalon)
Aug. 16: Providence, R.I. (Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel)
Aug. 20: Mashantucket, Conn. (Foxwoods Casino)