LL Cool J Receives A Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame
Ladies still love Cool James and Hollywood does too!
LL Cool J received the 2,571st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday (Jan 21).
The 48-year-old legendary rapper-turned-actor was honored for his recording career that made him the first rap artist to amass 10 consecutive platinum-plus selling albums.
Via NBC Los Angeles:
The ceremony was a week after his birthday and slightly more than three weeks before he hosts the Grammys for the fifth consecutive year.
“The first word that comes to my mind is gratitude,” he said. “I’m so appreciative of this honor.”
Queen Latifah and Sean “Diddy” Combs joined him in speaking in the ceremony in front of the Hard Rock Cafe on Hollywood Boulevard.
“If you Wikipedia him, his career says, ‘From 1984 to Present,’ said Latifah. “That’s longevity, stick-to-itiveness, perseverance. Most of all, he lives in our hearts as fans. This was one of the first people I saw with a radio come out on his shoulder that was the same size of the radios that we were carrying around in the ‘hood.”
Born James Todd Smith on Jan. 14, 1968, in Bay Shore, New York on Long Island and raised in the Hollis neighborhood of Queens, he adopted a stage name meaning Ladies Love Cool James.
LL Cool J began his career in 1984 with Def Jam Records. He is tied for third for most Billboard chart debuts by a rapper. All but one of his 14 albums did not reached Billboard’s rhythm and blues/hip-hop chart Top 10.
“It was like watching a superhero,” said Combs. “This guy was just glowing. He had this glow to him, this smile, this charisma. He’s been a leading example to all of us.”
It was a star-studded occasion as Russell Simmons, Kevin Liles, Magic Johnson, Mike Tyson, and more came out to support the beloved entertainer.