LL Cool J has revealed why he hired Eddie Van Halen to work on his new rap album "Authentic".
Van Halen's contribution to Cool J's album was revealed last week when an image of the pair in the studio was posted online. A leak of the song "We're The Greatest" was posted soon after, which you can hear in the player below.
Speaking to CBS Local (via Blabbermouth), LL Cool J said: "I just really wanted to work with the best, work with people that I respect, people that I look up to, people that impress me, people that I believe are truly super talented. I feel like Eddie falls in that category."
He added: "I am in no way trying to put myself on the level of Van Halen or say that ... I don't want Van Halen fans to get the wrong impression like I don't respect their legacy or who they are. I do. I just wanted to do something with Eddie that I think is cool. And I think we accomplished something great. I hope they dig it."
Other rock stars to appear on the album include Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello and Blink-182's Travis Barker.
Stream "We're The Greatest" by Eddie Van Halen and LL Cool J here: