LL Cool J‘s Rock The Bells Radio show on SiriusXM has produced great interviews with legendary music figures like Eminem, Ice Cube, Beastie Boys, and DMC. This weekend, he’ll hold a rare conversation with Dr. Dre, airing this Saturday (April 20) at 3 p.m. ET.
In a pair of clips Billboard debuts today, Dre reminisces about getting Eazy-E to rap and meeting Snoop Dogg for the very first time. LL originally met Dr. Dre in the early 1980s, but it wasn’t until recently that hip-hop veterans really connected on a more personal level.
“I wanted to gain some insight into his creative process, as far as what it’s like to be in the studio with him, his love for collaboration, and having that perfectionist mindset,” LL tells Billboard. “We went deeper in that regard and he took it back from the beginning when he first fell in love with music. It’s a peek behind the curtain of somebody who is really special in the world of music.”
LL also teased unreleased music with Dr. Dre that will most likely remain in the stash. “We’ve done a lot of experimenting,” LL explains. “We have 30 to 40 songs we recorded together that have never been released. We just create art and make music that’s not necessarily for public consumption, but to just have fun and create.”
LL Cool J has been keeping busy this April. In addition to teaming up with the American Cancer Society to launch the “Beat Cancer Like A Boss” campaign, the 51-year-old Queens legend is working with Ice Cube, among others, to and to purchase 21 Fox regional sports channels. But the group claims their bid is being sabotaged by Charter Communications.
“It was Charter who was stepping on our toes and didn’t seem like they wanted to play ball,” LL says. “They were giving us a rough time. We just believe it’s time for a diverse and inclusive sports network that speaks to today’s mindset that represents the culture of America.”
For more about LL Cool J, check out his interview with Dr. Dre when it premieres on his Rock The Bells Radio show (Ch. 43 on SiriusXM) as part of The Influence of Hip-Hop series at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday (April 20). For now, check out a pair of exclusive clips from their chat below.