Eddie Van Halen will contribute to LL Cool J's upcoming album, Authentic.  Van Halen had been sharing photos of himself with the rapper in the studio.  LL Cool J confirmed the news at a concert at SXSW.

The album will release on April 30th and features a several other guests including Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, and many others.

Van Halen is no stranger to lending his guitar sound.  He famously played on Michael Jackson's Beat It on 1982's Thriller album.

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