LL Cool J Nominated for 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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LL Cool J was born to be a rapper. He was spitting rhymes as a child and making his own mix tapes when he was in his teens. It turns out that we’ve got his grandfather to thank, as he gifted LL with thousands of dollars worth of equipment which helped to launch the rapper’s career. “By the time I got that equipment, I was already a rapper. In this neighborhood, the kids grow up in rap. It’s like speaking Spanish if you grow up in an all-Spanish house. I got into it when I was about nine, and since then all I wanted was to make a record and hear it on the radio,” LL explained in an interview.

Now it looks like it’s all paying off. Although LL hasn’t dropped his own tracks in a while, he’s finally being recognized for his efforts. The iconic artist has been nominated to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

rapper LL Cool J at the 43rd NAACP Image Awards - Press Room

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