A Tribute To The Great LL Cool J

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If you have any doubt that LL Cool J has longevity in music, you might want to rethink your thoughts on . The Queens native was the first rapper signed to Def Jam all the way back in 1985, and has become one of the longest-running veterans in the game. While it seems like he might have hung up the mic, his legacy still lives on, with an incredible career behind him. Today is his birthday, so it’s time we reflect on his greatness.

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See the triumphs of LL Cool J on the following pages.

He was the first rapper signed to Def Jam in 1985

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While Rev Run and DMC were already a rapping duo, they met Jam Master Jay at the park when he was DJing.

His I Can’t Live Without My Radio album became a staple in hip hop

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The album was also a huge contribution to Rick Rubin’s credibility as a record producer.