LL Cool J Celebrates Kennedy Center Honor

LL Cool J, who originated the popular G.O.A.T. title, continues to solidify his spot as one of music’s greatest of all time. On Saturday (Dec. 2), James Todd Smith celebrated his Kennedy Center Honors induction during the State Department Dinner in Washington, D.C.

Taking to Instagram, the iconic MC reflected on becoming the first rapper to receive the Kennedy Center Honor. “I believe that we are built to do anything we put our minds and proper actions to,” wrote LL. “You have all the tools inside you that are required for you to fulfill your GOD given purpose.”

He continued: “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!!”

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N.W.A legend Ice Cube celebrated his fellow hip-hop pioneer, tweeting, “Congrats to the homie LL. Raps first solo superstar and trailblazer.”