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His need for love? Still real. Lisa, Angela, Pamela, Renee? Real, real, real and real — if he closes his eyes, he can see their faces. And yes, back in , when his critics were encouraging the year-old rap pioneer to consider an early retirement, Grandma Cool J really truly did urge young LL to knock those fools unconscious. But as a rapper, what interests LL most is the unreal. He thinks of rapping as an imaginative opportunity — flexing your make-believe muscles allows you to learn the breadth of your humanity, the height of your hopes and the depth of your desire. Very true. He is the first rapper to receive the Kennedy Centre Honours this month, and he has been be recognised not just for the magnetism of his songbook but for helping code the DNA of rap itself.
Who Is LL Cool J?
LL Cool J has released 13 studio albums and two greatest hits compilations. His twelfth album Exit 13 , was his last for his long-tenured deal with Def Jam Recordings. His father shot his mother and grandfather, nearly killing them both. When 4-year-old LL found them, blood was everywhere. LL's biological great-uncle was hall of fame boxer John Henry Lewis. He began rapping at the age of 9, influenced by the hip-hop group The Treacherous Three. In March , sixteen-year-old Smith was creating demo tapes in his grandparents' home. Smith stated that "By the time I got that equipment, I was already a rapper. In this neighborhood, the kids grow up in rap.