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LL Cool J Announces New Album With Virtual Studio

LL Cool J refuses to be knocked out of the rap game. The rap icon, who has been recording since the 1980s, has announced plans for a new album. This time, the man who is known for his outsized radio is going digital.

To update his recording process, LL will be using a new recording program called My Connect Studio.

“I’m going to be doing a little bit of the album on the [My Connect Studio], make sure that it is official,” he said at a press conference touting his partnership with Sony and his own social network Boomdizzle, which has launched the production software.

He went on to give some insight into his forthcoming album.

“It’s authentic hip-hop,” he said. “It’s 2012, so it doesn’t sound like it would sound if it were 10 years ago or 20 years ago, but it’s definitely official. It’s a breath of fresh air. It doesn’t sound like anything that’s out right now. I think it’s crazy.”

My Connect Studio is a $900 software and hardware bundle that allows musicians to record music with each other while in different locations. LL said he hopes the new venture will better connect far-flung producers and MC’s in a what he calls “a virtual studio.”

“[Producers] e-mail me the track, I’m e-mailing vocals – they don’t like something, I’m sending it back,” he explained, outlining the benefits of recording with My Connect Studio. “We’re going back and forth and doing this dance. A lot of music is being created that way right now. What I wanted to do is be able to create music in real-time…you may get with a kid from London, you may get with a kid from Paris simply because you went on the site and visited the lobby and met somebody and went into a session and started creating. So this is the next level of music creation.”   —Keith Murphy, CBS Local

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