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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.
Through the years, LL Cool J has proven himself as a huge success in the music business and the movie business to little technical acclaim. Finally, LL is up for a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! For one to be considered with membership in the Hall of Fame, they have to have released a record at least 25 years ago ― a requirement that he met back in 2010.
LL isn’t just on the list because he’s been in the game for so long, though. He’s had a huge amount of success in the industry since his first release in 1985 and a number of his releases with Def Jam have gone platinum… though he’s not the only deserving artist who’s up for induction this year.
LL is joined by fellow nominees that include legendary artists like Bon Jovi, Kate Bush, The Cars, Depeche Mode, Dire Straits, Eurythmics, J. Geils Band, Judas Priest, MC5, The Meters, The Moody Blues, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Link Wray, and The Zombies.
Needless to say, LL Cool is in good company.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President and CEO Greg Harris said about the crop of nominees, “It’s a remarkably diverse group of artists, and it’s reflective of the diversity of rock n’ roll. We have a number of different eras, we have a number of different styles of music, and just a great balance. And any five out of this [list] would make for a wonderful induction class. It’s exciting to have these bands that you know bring anthem-like music to the masses and have impacted so many people.”
Only five nominees will have the honor of being inducted, but that doesn’t mean they’ve missed their only chance. Fro example, this is Bon Jovi’s second chance to win a spot. The bands are traditionally voted in (or not) by more than 900 music historians, music industry workers, and other Rock Hall inductees.
However, things have been a bit different since 2012. That year, the Hall of Fame began allowing fans to vote for their top five choices on RockHall.com.
Greg Harris explained the voting process:
“The fan vote is really interesting. It opens up today and runs until December 5. Last year, of the top five fan vote-getters, four of them were inducted. So this year, there are some artists that are clearly fan favorites, and I think their followers are going to turn out en masse to vote for them.”
The Big Night
The 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on April 14 in Cleveland, Ohio. You can see the bombastic music-driven show on HBO.. Despite the fact that hip-hop inductees are fewer and farther between than those from other genres, LL has a good chance at winning considering his great pop culture appeal ― and because rappers are being inducted more and more frequently. I mean, NWA was recognized by the organization in 2016!
Ice Cube said about his induction:
“Rock & roll is not an instrument; rock & roll is not even a style of music. Rock & roll is a spirit… It’s been going since the blues, jazz, bebop, soul, R&B, rock & roll, heavy metal, punk rock and, yes, hip-hop. And what connects us all is that spirit… Rock & roll is not conforming to the people who came before you, but creating your own path in music and in life.”
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