LL Cool J Puts Hip-Hop On His Back, Makes History W/ Music Icons


Music icon LL Cool J is out here making history. The hip-hop veteran has become the first rapper to receive the Kennedy Center Honor for lifetime achievement in arts and pop culture in Washington, DC.

Cool James and a few other notable music legends celebrated their accomplishment last night (December 3) at the 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors ceremony.

Queens native LL Cool J, whose real name is James Todd Smith, became the first artist billed as a rapper to be honored. Officials said he's also the youngest-ever Kennedy Center Honors recipient at 49. "I am sharing with the hip hop community, I'm sharing this with the hip hop culture. What I'm not going to do is make this about me, this is really about the culture that I'm representing," LL Cool J said. (CBS Local)

This past weekend, LL took to Instagram to celebrate the historic day.

Put the work in. Dream huge dreams. Put some more work in. Keep the faith. Praise GOD. Adjust. Dream some more. Put some more work in. Repeat. And we don't stop!!!! If We can do it, You can do it.. @kennedycenter #KCHonors

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I believe that we are built to do anything we put our minds and proper actions to. You have all the tools inside you that are required for you to fulfill your GOD given purpose. This one is for those who came before me and those who followed me. We were sent to this planet to love and inspire one another. Manifest our dreams and make them a reality. I hope you're inspired by me because I'm absolutely Inspired by you. Mic check 1212 Let's ride!! 🎤 #KCHonors #StateDepartmentDinner #hiphop

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The @KennedyCenter Honors Class of 2017. Truly Honored to be sharing this special moment with this group of extraordinary people. Congratulations to my fellow honorees!!! #KCHonors

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An unforgettable evening... I will remember and cherish this honor for the rest of my life. Thank you to the performers tonight. I am honored and humbled. 🙏 Thank you @KennedyCenter Honors and everyone that has supported this journey. I am forever grateful for this moment. Keep loving and keep inspiring. Don't stop until you live your best life!!! God Bless. #KCHonors #Grateful #GODISGREAT

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