LL Cool J was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday as part of the Cleveland institution’s Class of 2021, after being nominated six times since 2010.
The 53-year-old rapper, who received one of the night’s Awards for Musical Excellence, honoured his entrance with a musical set that included some of his most memorable tunes. LL Cool J and Eminem traded lines on “Rock the Bells” after performing solo tracks like “Go Cut Creator Go” and “Going Back to Cali.” Jennifer Lopez joined the hip-hop legend on stage to perform “All I Have,” their legendary collaboration.
LL acknowledged various rap luminaries for assisting him on his way to the Rock Hall of Fame.
“I want to thank Marley Marl and Rick Rubin and all the producers I’ve worked with. “The Trackmasters.” I want to thank the Treacherous Three, especially Kool Moe Dee, for pushing me. I want to thank guys like Can-I-Bus and people like that who pushed me and really lifted the culture up in a big way.”
LL Cool J continued, “I’d also like to thank Russell. Russell Simmons, somebody who’s been going through a lot, I know, but I want to give him love. He was there for me, helped me make my dream come true.